I get asked this question all the time, and it never ceases to amaze me that there is the need to ask it. Yes dogs do feel the cold.
But they have fur coats I hear you say. How many nature shows have you seen showing arctic wolves cowering under leafless shrubbery battling against all the odds to keep warm. They have beautiful thick coats; surely they should look warm and toasty.
This argument about animals in their natural state doesn’t hold. Didn’t we used to walk around naked as well? It didn’t take us long to work out that covering our bodies in the skins of dead animals made life much more bearable.
A simple rule of thumb is this: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog.
This misconceived belief that dogs can withstand cold temperatures just because they have fur is a little tired. Some large dog breeds are well equipped for the winter months and love to be outdoors while others like small breed dogs are more sensitive and have no tolerance for the cold. Even a quick moment outside to do its business is all it takes for their little paws to freeze up and leave them shivering. Certain breeds are more susceptible than others; Whippets, Grey Hounds, Poodles, Chihuahuas and other toy breeds and short-coated breeds often suffer in the colder months. Older arthritic dogs and sick dogs really feel the cold and need extra attention when it cools down.