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Old 12-09-2012, 04:43 AM
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I am a pretty active person. I ride and keep my own horse, we compete, and even in winter we do end up outside. Skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, etc. We go up into the mountains where they get a TON of snow and stay for a few days at least once a year. The dogs go along and are expected to keep up with us. My lab/heeler has a very dense, thick coat that is waterproof. It keeps her very warm, and she has hair between her toes to keep sharp ice away. My aunt's hound does fine also.

But this will be my first time having a small dog in the cold. I know he will need a coat. He has one but I think in the serious snow he will need a better one and would like recommendations.

I also think he will probably end up needing boots of some kind to protect his feet, or he will have trouble with ice. He is so small.. Do you have any ideas?

Ultimately we want him to have fun with us. On ski trips and such if he gets too tired or cold he can be bundled up and carried for short periods of time but I want him to really enjoy the world as it is, without any fear.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:03 AM
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When it comes to coats, look for something that is wind and waterproof,
something that covers the entire body, something that has a fleece or
faux fur lining. A good fit is crucial, you want it to be snug, but so the
dog is comfortable and able to move freely. This is my favorite coat, it
is not the "cutest" but it stands up to my standards, which says a lot
considering I live in Canada and walk my dogs 4 times per day, rain,
hail or snow.

Hip Doggie Black Split Hood Jacket

It is washable in the machine, very well made, and the velcro is actually
super strong and does not let any snow in! I'm not sure what store has
the best deal, if you want to look around it's called "Hip Doggie Black Split
Hood Jacket"...comes in red and brown too.

I can post pictures tomorrow if you are interested.


As for paws, I use a mixture of baby powder and Vaseline, mix the two
until you get a thick consistency, apply to paw pads before walk, once
home wipe with rag any leftovers.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:07 AM
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This coat here has GREAT reviews. It is the so called "North Face of dog coats". But I personally haven't tried it yet. There are a few forum members who have it, hopefully they'll chime in.

Hurtta Collection Winter jacket
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What size is your dog? Even the best coats don't keep them that warm, in my experience. I am in california and also have horses. My dog's come with me every day, rain or shine, but when temps are below about 55F they beg to get back in their crate in the warmth of the car if there is no sun out. I keep them well-coated and even put layers on my littlest one, but I find they just get very cold before the day is up.

I think it's important to keep in mind, if you have a very small chihuahua, that they aren't really made to tolerate long periods of very cold weather. After all, if you enjoyed long hikes in the desert in the summer, you probably wouldn't expect a st. Bernard to keep up with you.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:30 AM
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Here is Chanel loving winter in her Hip Doggie coat.
My dogs are all trained to potty outside, there are
no excuses, we dress them appropriately, protect
their paws, keep up the pace, and have no problems
even in -20 celsius. If it's -30 celsius then we'll simply
make our walks short, but they still do they business
outside.
















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Of course, so do mine. They use a doggie door and go out in the fiercest of storms to do their business. And they have been to the snow but didn't want to stay out for any length of time. But there is a big difference between a walk to do your business and long ski trips. Channel is a bit on the larger side for a chi if I anm not mistaken. According to my vet, chis 5 lbs and under typically cannot handle long periods of cold very well, coated or not. That's not to say they can't enjoy moderate time outdoors in all kinds of weather.
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Of course, so do mine. They use a doggie door and go out in the fiercest of storms to do their business. And they have been to the snow but didn't want to stay out for any length of time. But there is a big difference between a walk to do your business and long ski trips. Channel is a bit on the larger side for a chi if I anm not mistaken. According to my vet, chis 5 lbs and under typically cannot handle long periods of cold very well, coated or not. That's not to say they can't enjoy moderate time outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Chanel is a big Chi yes, but I've had several toy breeds before and never any
issues. There is such a thing as building up your dog's endurance level and
properly protecting their little hearts and paws so they could enjoy every
season. Of course the tiny little ones like my 2.5 pound Bella for example
would not stay out as long. But from my understanding the OP will provide
warmth for the dog and rest time when needed, which is key. Each owner
knows what their dog can tolerate, and it is very easy to see if a dog is
enjoy itself or is unhappy...we must read these signs and act accordingly.
I'm very strict and do not put up with any fits, but if my dogs are truly
unhappy due to severe weather then of course we head home. Their
safety is always a priority.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:46 AM
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Douglas is pretty little in my opinion...the shelter he came from said they thought he was 6 pounds. He runs with the big dogs, and I have never had a small dog before. Like I said, I have a BIG girl.

Here, and in the mountains during the day it does not get super cold, sometimes freezing or slightly below on the worst days. At night it dips to the teens in the valley (where I live) and in the mountains colder.

I get cold easily and it is NOT comfy to have ice and snow in your gear, against your skin, etc, which is why I want to make sure he is properly protected for outside time. Otherwise he will be stuck in a crate or with a sitter while we have fun in the mountains, and that isn't fair, and won't work for anyone. Long to me is a couple of hours before returning to a heated cabin.
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