The Poodle is a popular dog breed. They are easy to train, great with kids, and oh-so-cute! But can poodles handle cold weather?
Yes, your precious poodles can handle cold weather! But for that, you need to understand whether poodles are inside or outside dogs?
To find out more, let’s take a look at the coat of this lovable breed. A Poodle has three layers that provide warmth: fur on the outside, an oily inner jacket that protects from wind and rain, and finally, an undercoat for insulation.
So if you’re looking for more tips on how poodles can handle cold weather, continue reading.
What temperature is too cold for poodles?
With their unique coat, you might worry that temperatures below the freezing mark will cause your Poodle to catch a cold. But don’t worry! Poodles are meant for colder weather, remember?
Poodles are great in winter, but they do need some extra attention. You’ll have to brush them more often during these months — twice a week at least.
Make sure that your Poodle walks in warm and not icy weather. Their paws can get very cold, and you don’t want them to get frostbite. If you walk your dog on ice, consider using booties to protect their little feet.
Winter jackets for dogs also help. When selecting a coat, keep these things in mind:
- Insulation — How well does the jacket keep your dog warm?
- Fit — Will it stay in place? Does the coat constrict your dog’s movement in any way?
- Breathability — Does the jacket allow moisture to escape or trap in all that bad humidity?
You want your Poodle to be comfortable at all times. With the right clothing and attention, you can count on your Poodle staying warm no matter how cold it gets outside.
What temperature is too hot for poodles?
The beginning of summer will arrive before you know it, but the possibility of heatstroke in dogs comes with warmer weather.
Heatstroke is when the body becomes so overheated that it can no longer cool itself down naturally. And since dogs don’t sweat as we do, they rely on panting to regulate their temperatures. Since poodles have little to no hair in some cases, heatstroke is even more of a concern.
Just like us, dogs can develop heatstroke when they don’t drink enough water. They also overheat more quickly than we do because their bodies produce more heat in small areas.
What to look for:
- Excessive panting — This means your Poodle is trying to release excess body heat by breathing rapidly
- Elevated temperature — if your Poodle’s temperature is over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, heatstroke is highly possible.
Heatstroke can cause serious injury to your dog and can be fatal. So make sure you are looking out for the symptoms listed above. If you suspect overheating has occurred, take your dog immediately to a veterinarian.
Isolated incidents of overheating can be treated, but don’t delay if you suspect heatstroke. Please take your dog to the vet if your Poodle is panting too much or has an elevated temperature.
Taking extra precautions like limiting activity during hot days and offering cool water several times a day can prevent overheating in dogs.
How to care for poodles in the cold
- Keep your Poodle active during the day to help them stay warm. Take them for brisk walks or play with them in the snow.
- Make sure they drink plenty of water (but not too much). You can always warm their food up before feeding time, making it more enjoyable for them!
- Keep your dog indoors during freezing weather.
- Don’t let your dog go outside alone. We all know what happens when unsuspecting poodles see their friends frolicking in the snow.
- Take extra precautions like using booties to keep your Poodle’s paws warm.
Poodles can withstand cold weather, but it requires some extra love and care on your part.
Some important cold weather tips
- You can use old socks/shoes for booties.
- During the winter, you might want to invest in a coat for your Poodle. Try making one yourself by using an online tutorial or pattern and some warm fabrics like leather or suede if you’re crafty.
- If your Poodle isn’t used to wearing clothes, make sure you introduce any items slowly.
- Make sure your dog doesn’t overheat while wearing a winter coat. Adjust the outfit based on the weather.
- Consider dressing your Poodle in doggy pants or sweaters for winter warmth.
- Dogs lose heat through their snouts, so you might want to consider a scarf to help them stay warm.
- Try blowing hot air onto your dog’s snout for extra warmth.
- Make sure your Poodle drinks lots of water during the winter. Use a heated water bowl or put some hot water in their dish before they eat.
- Consider getting your Poodle groomed during the winter. A new haircut will give them a whole new look for the season.
Can poodles handle cold weather?
The simple answer is yes. Just remember the most important thing you can do is keep your Poodle hydrated and comfortable during the cold weather.
You know your dog best, so if their behavior or eating habits change due to the cold, then it’s time to take action. Watch for signs your dog is getting too hot or too cold so you can take appropriate action.
Sokna Chan is the owner and author of Anytimedogs.com. She’s a passionate dog mom and pet lover who’s learned the importance of understanding your dog to provide excellent care.