Pets ARE Warm Blooded Animals.

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

Most people have enough common sense to know that just because a pet has fur doesn't mean that it can withstand winter temperatures. However some are ignorant to the fact that even a dog (or Timmothy's guinea pigs) with a good heavy coat is no match for the extremes of the Northland.

I abbreviated an article I found on the Hill (Science Diet) website about the most tolerant of dog breads when it comes to cold originally penned by Erin Ollila http://erinollila.com

What interested me was their/her top 10 list of dogs most tolerant of cold weather.

1. Bernese Mountain Dog

2. German Shepherd

2. German Shepherd

4. Keeshond

5. Newfoundland

6. Saint Bernard

7. Shiba Inu

8. Komondor

9. Norwegian Elkhound

10. Siberian Husky

Even though these breeds are especially suited for cold weather, it's still important to make sure your dog stays warm. Try to keep your cold weather dog inside if the temperature is freezing or below, or if there's ice or snow on the ground.

Cold weather dogs need exercise regardless of the weather. Make an effort to get your dog outside for a walk, run or jaunt around the yard. When the weather is dangerous, find ways to keep your pet active indoors. And follow the advice of the American Veterinary Medical Association to "check your dog's paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding."

 

 

 

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Comments (14)

Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Excellent reminder that dogs and other pets with fur coats may not be warm this winter...and need some human TLC.

Nov 28, 2022 12:06 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Emily Medvec . I have seen many kenneled dogs in the winter and I can only hope their owners have enough sense to give them a good warm bed as well as a heated water bowl.

Nov 28, 2022 01:45 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Many people are just not aware that dogs have limits to cold weather just like humans. Enjoy your day.

Nov 29, 2022 04:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Love this post, Bob... too many people abuse their dogs by leaving them out too long in either overly cold or overly hot conditions. It makes my blood boil to see that.

Nov 29, 2022 04:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I belioeve it's because of the way sled dogs are treated Wayne Martin . Many dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is blood in their paws and eventually they do get cold. 

Nov 29, 2022 05:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is true Nina Hollander, Broker and in hot or cold weather they need water. Heated bowls are common here but they are not cheap and to many pet owners are also cheap and forego the expense.

Nov 29, 2022 05:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We had a Siberian Husky who loved the cold and hated the heat. In the summer she'd drag her feet when we went for a walk and she wanted to go inside where the air conditioner was. In the winter, she'd bounce around outside, and wanted to stay out for long periods of time. And we're talking 0º temperatures did not deter her. Our current dog gets cold very easily - he's fine with a walk, but then it's inside near a heat source!

Nov 29, 2022 05:48 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I could visualize both dogs as you spoke of them Kat Palmiotti . I did a post one time, and I believe you responded, about two Husky's in the neighborhood who preferred to lay on a small snow patch then to enjoy a Spring day in the sun with the temps hitting 30 degrees.

Nov 29, 2022 06:06 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that Titus deserves some hot chocolate in his bowl, haha.  I don't know how you deal with the extreme cold that you get in your area.

Nov 29, 2022 06:17 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is a challenge Brian England especially in the fall when the High of the day is in the 40's and the low hovering around zero. Seeing 40's looks good as we enter winter and some dress for it BUT the bulk of the day is going to be closer to the zero mark so it's best to put on the thermals. Properly dressed you don't even notice the cold except icy blasts to exposed skin.

Nov 29, 2022 07:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree with Nina -- some people are ignorant of how to care for their pets but sadly some leave their dogs out with full knowledge it's dangerous for them 

Nov 29, 2022 07:13 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ooh, I cringed when you said: " sadly some leave their dogs out with full knowledge it's dangerous for them "  Lise Howe 

Nov 29, 2022 07:22 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I can't help but wonder how those dogs on that list fare if they are domiciled in Arizona or some other very warm area.

Dec 05, 2022 05:35 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good question John Juarez and I would guess that they would not be the best breeds to own in any of our warmest States.

Dec 05, 2022 06:25 PM