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    At what temp should you bring the dogs inside?

    It's getting a little nippily out here, and I got two dogs. They stay outside 24/7, unless it gets too cold or extreme rain (yeah, right). So, how cold is too cold? They are both medium sized (25 and 30 lbs). One is a 12 yr old female with shaggy fur, one is a 6 yr old male with short fur. They have carpet on the porch and are generally out of the wind. The male is a rescue dog, and has issues-- he refuses to go into an igloo, so that is not an option.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fightin' Buck View Post
    It's getting a little nippily out here, and I got two dogs. They stay outside 24/7, unless it gets too cold or extreme rain (yeah, right). So, how cold is too cold? They are both medium sized (25 and 30 lbs). One is a 12 yr old female with shaggy fur, one is a 6 yr old male with short fur. They have carpet on the porch and are generally out of the wind. The male is a rescue dog, and has issues-- he refuses to go into an igloo, so that is not an option.

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    What about a dog house? I believe it is against the law in most places to keep dogs outside without some form of shelter.

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    Probably the temperature at which you would no longer be comfortable sleeping outside with a light blanket.

    At any rate, somewhere north of freezing.

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    depends on the breed. Although I do love that Austinites bring their dogs in when it gets below 50 but leave them outside or in the car for an hour when it's 105 out. Having no sweat glands is actually advantageous all the way down to freezing. Not having them $#@!ing blows when it's about 85.

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    Both my last two dogs loved LOVED being outside in the cold. In fact, sometimes they wouldn't come in at bedtime and i let them stay out (temps in the 20s). By morning they were usually ready to come in. If they have a good coat and are out of the wind, they can be pretty toasty.

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    Most dogs are pretty adapted to surviving in the cold. They come from wild dogs and such who never get to come inside after all. Of course surviving isn't the same as being comfortable. My guess is your dogs are comfortable at much lower temperatures than you are. Make sure you give them plenty of extra food to make up up for the extra calories they have to burn to stay warm. And remember that if you bring them in at night to a toasty house and put them back out during the day if it is in the 20's during the day, the drastic swing in temperatures may be worse on them. You might consider a heat lamp in this kind of situation.

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    30's when I was growing up, but they had shelter outside.

    My husky refuses to come in when it is less than 40.

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    If it gets around 32F is when I usually bring our two in. They do have two dog houses with a ton of cedar chips in them.

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    internal temp of 170F, but too bad we don't have a GM Steakhouse board for that question
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    If I turn on the porch light and they come to the door, I let them in.

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    Think it really depends on the dog. Mine is used to being inside the majority of the time so I have to get her reaclimated to the cold or she starts shivering when it gets into the 50's. But when she was used to it then she was fine down into the 30's. She'd still go swimming when I thought it was too cold to even be out with my heavy coat on. If you have a garage, then that might be the best way to handle it. Won't shock their system going back and forth as much.

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    Bernese mountain dog loves the cold.

    she lives inside when its hot, and sleeps outside when its cold

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    I bring in my lab any time it is greater than 85 and less than 50. It's the only way I can be sure he is safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illiterate View Post
    I bring in my lab any time it is greater than 85 and less than 50. It's the only way I can be sure he is safe.
    So you mean you let him out of the house a few weeks in November and a few in April?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthepush View Post
    internal temp of 170F, but too bad we don't have a GM Steakhouse board for that question
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthepush View Post
    internal temp of 170F, but too bad we don't have a GM Steakhouse board for that question
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    Mine stay out all the time. If it's going to be low 30s for an extended period, I put a heat lamp next to their doghouses. If it's in the 20s for a long period, they can stay in the barn but they don't like to.

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    My Husky is a wimp and wants in when it goes below 40

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