Chihuahuas in the Cold

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Savannah Hayley, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. Savannah Hayley

    Savannah Hayley Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 chihuahuas and a chihuahua/terrier mix. They all sleep together in a dog house outside with lots of blankets and a blanket over the door to keep the wind out.

    Tonight is going to get to 16 degrees (Fahrenheit) and I'm wondering if it will be too cold for them out there.
     
  2. Peaches Lee

    Peaches Lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could the possibly be brought inside? When I think of Chihuahuas I don't think of them being rugged, outdoor type dogs.
     
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Small bodied very short coated dogs generally do not do well in excessive cold temperatures.
     
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  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you willing to sleep outside in 16 degree Fahrenheit weather with just a few blankets? If not, bring the dogs inside. If they were a larger breed with ample, insulating fur, they'd likely be OK with sufficient protection against the cold. But a tiny, dog with short fur? Not a chance! And it is definitely animal cruelty if you let them freeze outside, most places would take them away from you.
     
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    I would consider bringing them in for the night. I think it would be better to be safe than sorry, even if they are used to being outside!
     
  6. Savannah Hayley

    Savannah Hayley Out Of The Brooder

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    We did bring them inside. And we will anytime it gets too cold. They aren't house trained though, so they have a little fenced in area in the kitchen.

    The thing is we used to live in California and it never got too cold for them outside during the night, so this is something we will have to adjust to and that's perfectly fine. :)
     

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