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12 dog breeds who hate the cold and need a coat in winter

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One thing to consider before getting a dog is how your dog will adapt to your environment. Some dogs prefer warm climates than cold ones, and vice-versa!

By Justine Seraphin

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Some dogs love nothing more than going out for walks in the snow or running through muddy puddles! Other breeds, on the contrary, will categorically refuse to go outside if it’s a little windy or if there’s a light shower. 

Check out the gallery above to see which dogs you’ll struggle to keep in a cold climate.

What is a cold averse dog?

Cold averse dogs are dogs who will start to feel cold a lot quicker than you would expect. These dogs could be senior dogs, dogs with chronic illnesses, or puppies! However, some breeds are considered cold averse simply because they don’t have a thick double coat to protect them from bad weather.

What is the most cold resistant dog?

There’s not one right answer to this question. Many double-coated breeds do well in cold weather. However, if we had to pick one, we’d say Siberian Huskies are pretty well-adapted to cold weather. In Siberia, Huskies were originally used as sled dogs and spent most of their time living outdoors, despite the snow and windchill. It is said that Huskies can withstand temperatures of up to -59°C! Despite this, they’d much rather live inside with their human family.

What does your dog like better? Warm or cold weather?

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    1. Chihuahuas

    Originally from warm Mexico, these tiny little dogs will start to shiver at the slightest breeze. Make sure you have a coat for them during the winter!

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    2. Italian Greyhounds

    These dogs have very little body fat and short single coats, which definitely don’t keep them warm in the winter. They’re also world-renowned for hating the rain, so you’ll have to get creative to get them outside on rainy days!

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    3. Miniature Pinschers

    Small, sleek, and with thin single coats, Min Pins definitely need an extra layer before they go out for walks in the winter. And if it’s snowy, they might even need little booties!

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    4. Chinese Crested

    Depending on the variety of Chinese Crested you own, your dog may feel more or less comfortable in cold weather. However, these are still singled-coated dogs who’ll need a coat in the wintertime.

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    5. Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli)

    These dogs literally don’t have hair. If you’re thinking of getting one in a cold environment, you’ll definitely need to invest in all the best winter gear. 

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    6. Whippets

    Similarly to the Iggy, Whippets have sleek frames and short hair, so cold weather is not their friend. Make sure they’ve got a warm coat on in the winter.

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    7. Greyhounds

    Despite being large and powerful dogs, Greyhounds, just like their Whippet and Iggy cousins, need a coat to keep them warm on winter walks.

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    8. Dobermann Pinschers

    You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but these dogs are really uncomfortable when the weather outside is frightful. So yes, your badass-looking pooch may need a cute little winter jumper.

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    9. Staffordshire Bull Terriers

    Though they look tough, Staffies are single-coated breeds that require a coat in the winter. On the coldest days, they would even benefit from wearing doggy-PJs inside the house!

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    10. Dachshunds

    Despite being feisty little terriers, Dachshunds are small dogs with thin coats. They’re also very low to the ground, which means their bellies are more likely to be touching snow or cold water during winter walks. 

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    11. French Bulldogs

    Frenchies are single-coated dogs that will feel the cold more than other breeds. Plus, because of their flat faces, these dogs struggle to breathe, a problem which could be exacerbated when exercising in the cold.

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    12. Basset Hounds

    Yes, they’re resistant hunting dogs, but that doesn’t mean they do well in the cold. Much like Dachsies, their bellies touch the ground, (not to mention their long, long ears!), so they’ll feel cold faster than other breeds.

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