Originally Posted by newfydog
Dogs suffer from heat, not cold.
A golden will do fine in anything you can survive. I had a pyrenees who slept outside all winter in Colorado by choice. He would rather sleep on the porch at -25 than in the house. That dog would not agree with Paul.
ahh! Comfy at last!
I'm in complete agreement that certain breeds do great OUTSIDE (my Bernese Mountain dog is nuts about the snow). Dogs outside are active and know how to maintain a safe body temp, but this is a VERY different situation from what the original poster was inquiring about which was with respect to leaving a dog in a CAR. A car acts like a mini fridge and there are literally hundreds of dogs that die each year from being left in a car when the temps are freezing.
Just for fun, here are a few common myths around the subject and again, the stats don't lie:Cold Weather fur facts
While the US east coast is bracing for a winter storm which is expected to drop up to 8 inches of snow this weekend, pet owners are warned to bring their pets inside. Many owners do not do so because they believe these common myths
Dogs and cats can fend for themselves in winter weather. Nothing could be further from the truth. The sad fact is that during winter many animal shelters are forced to euthanize cats suffering from irreparable frost bite of their ears and noses. [Chilling not healthy for pets
, Journal World]
'The skin on an animal can freeze in as little as 20 minutes in sub-zero temperatures, according to local veterinarians and animal-care experts.Veterinarians at the North Shore Animal Hospital on Neptune Boulevard in Lynn said animals should not be outside for more than 10 minutes in temperatures below 20 degrees...'
, Daily Item of Lynn]
Long-haired dogs can be left safely outside in frigid weather. Truth: even a heavy coated dog can freeze to death, especially if its coat gets wet. If the dog doesn't freeze to death, it can sustain frostbite and suffer if it has pre-existing arthritis. 'No pet should be left outside in temperatures below 40 degrees. Short-coated breeds and small dogs should be supplemented with a coat or a sweater. Outdoor breeds such as huskies and malamutes need warm shelter from the wind and cold as well as a source of unfrozen water...
' [Cold weather related illness and your pet
, Telegraph Online]Myth
: dogs don't need water outside and can be fed water only at night. While it's true that water freezes quickly in 20 degree weather, that doesn't mean animals don't require it. Dogs and cats become more easily dehydrated in frigid weather. "Any dogs left out in this winter should have food and water and a shelter that keeps them dry. Water is difficult to supply to outside animals in the cold weather. A special effort has to be made to make sure it is at least available three times a day."
[Wild weather brings warnings
, Beloit Daily News]Myth
: dogs and cats can stay warm and alone in a car during cold weather. If the car's heater is running, yes... but it wouldn't be safe to leave the car running with animals alone in it. Cars become virtual freezers in freezing weather and dogs and cats die each year from owners thinking that it not so cold out. [Pets and animals in distress