Temperatures and Dog Breeds - Part 1

July 12, 2018

So have you ever wanted to know what your dog feels like when it’s -20C outside or when it’s 40C outside? I mean, YOU know what YOU feel like at those temperatures, but what does your furry friend feel. They are a different species, they have fur that cover them instead of skin like humans, but how much of a difference does that really make when you compare humans to dogs? Can dogs really survive extreme heat or cold? Could they even enjoy it? If you have a rescue dogs bc or a Canadian dog breeds like me, you know from just living with them that they might prefer colder temperatures to humans. But let’s look at some examples of specific breeds and see what they prefer, according to science.


The consensus is that most dogs can tolerate temperatures up until around -10C. If temps fall below that point, some of the dogs not built for cold will start to feel uncomfortable. Smaller dogs, dogs for adoption bc that aren’t native to colder climates will begin to show signs of discomfort. All dogs are susceptible to hypothermia, or frostbite, like humans and should go inside when the temperature drops. However, some Canadian dog breeds, or dogs that are native to colder climates will not only perform well at these lower temperatures but actively seek them out! Here are some medium sized dogs that do well in the colder climate. Remember, if it’s really cold, like -20C or worse, no dog should be out that long, no more than 30 min without supervision.


German shepherd. This breed of dog loves to be outside. They are some of the best guard dogs and they are naturally inclined to protect family members, children, and property. They are best to roam outside and understand their property that they protect. They a great for police work and they are really good working dogs. Give a German Shepard a task and he will try his best to not fail you. They are eager to learn from you or a trainer and their guard dog instincts make them suitable to be left outside for extended periods of time, protecting and policing the property. They also have a double hair coat that insulates them when the weather gets cold and they are very happy left outside for long periods of time.


Siberian husky: this wonderful snow puppy is a Canadian dog breeds that loves being outside more than anything. Well they love the snow more than anything. There are several rescue dogs bc that are huskies and if you ever get a chance to adopt one, you SHOULD! Huskies are acclimatized to even the coldest Canadian winter nights. They can sleep outside and explore and roam with great content. They have an amazing ability to handle FRIGID weather because of their heavy coats and thick fur.


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