Most dogs are quite rustic and their bodies are resistant to cold. However, a dog can " catch a cold " and get sick especially if he sleeps on the ground without protection from bad weather (rain, snow, wind). Be careful, however, not to remove the walk, they remain essential for his health and well-being!
The dog breed : dogs with long and dense hair, some breeds of cold countries like Chow-Chow, Husky, Leonberg or Newfoundland ... withstand the cold. Dwarf breeds, miniature (Chihuahua, Yorkshire ...), short-haired or with a fine morphology resist harder to the cold, like the Greyhounds.
The age of the dog : puppies and older dogs are more sensitive and less able to fight against the cold.
The dog's weight : a lean dog will be more sensitive to cold and will have more difficulty to fight against hypothermia in case of prolonged exposure to cold. However, beware, an obese dog will not be more resistant! He is often chilly because he moves less.
Thickness of the fur : Long-haired breeds have better protection and resistance to cold than short-haired breeds. Nordic breeds, on the other hand, have a denser undercoat than temperate climates. A little advice before winter: ask the groomer to leave some undercoats.
The type of cold : the dry cold will be easier to bear than a wet cold. However, if the cold wind is blowing, shorten the walk because the loss of heat will be more important.
The lifestyle of the dog : it is obvious that a dog living in a house, accustomed to go out often, will bear more the cold than a lap dog.
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If in doubt, consult your veterinarian