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10 Dog Breeds That Are Sensitive To Cold Weather

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on October 4, 2016

Here in the colder months, we want to make sure our dogs are ready for the temperature to drop. While some dogs have been eagerly awaiting snow and ice, other breeds are sensitive to the cold and need a little extra care once winter gets here. If you live in a colder climate and have one of these dogs or are considering getting one, make sure you’re able to help them stay warm and comfortable during the winter months.

#1 – Chihuahua

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The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog named after its homeland of Chihuahua, Mexico. The breed is very old and originates in a warm, desert climate, resulting in a small, thin-coated dog that does not fare well in colder climates. Even the long-coated variety will need some extra help staying comfortable in winter weather.

#2 – Chinese Crested

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The Chinese Crested comes in both a hairless and powder puff variety, but neither are prepared for a harsh winter. They were originally bred for hunting rats on Chinese ships, but are now lively and affectionate family companions. Because of their thin coats or a lack of coat, they require extra care when outside in the cold.

#3 – Greyhound

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The Greyhound is an ancient breed, originally bred for hunting and racing. They are tall, slender dogs that are built for fast sprinting in desert climates. This means they are not well-suited for colder temperatures as they lack body fat and proper structure to carry enough for harsh cold.

#4 – Italian Greyhound

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The Italian Greyhound is a small sighthound, often considered a miniature version of the Greyhound. They, like the Greyhound, have long, slender bodies that carry very little body fat. Because of this, they are very sensitive to cold weather and often need sweaters to go outside in winter months. That said, they make wonderful companions and require relatively little exercise.

#5 – Miniature Pinscher

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The Miniature Pinscher is a small dog originating from Germany. They are independent and assertive dogs that are not recommended for the novice owner, despite their small size. However, they have thin coats and little body fat and do have a hard time in colder climates.

#6 – Rat Terrier

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The Rat Terrier originated as a farm dog and hunting dog and is now used for both pest control and as a companion. They have a typical terrier-like personality but are more relaxed than many other breeds. Because of their thin coats and small size, they are sensitive to cold climates.

#7 – Saluki

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The Saluki is a sighthound originating from Persia. These long, slender dogs are powerful and muscular, but they lack the proper body structure to do well in colder climates. That said, they still excel as hunting and racing dogs today and do best in active homes without small animals, as they are prone to chase them.

#8 – Toy Fox Terrier

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The Toy Fox Terrier is a small terrier breed descended directly from the larger Fox Terrier. They are very intelligent and active dogs that do well with a variety of training and even make suitable companions for elderly and novice owners. They are small-framed dogs with thin coats that do best in warmer climates.

#9 – Whippet

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Like the other sighthounds, the Whippet is a slender dog that often needs additional support and care when in colder climates. They are active dogs when outdoors but relaxed inside. They are independent but affectionate dogs that make great family companions.

#10 – Yorkshire Terrier

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The popular Yorkshire Terrier originated as a ratting dog but is more often seen now as a lovely companion. They have long coats that are thin and therefore do not offer much protection against the cold. This means the breed does well with a little extra warmth when out during the winter months. They are active and intelligent little dogs that make great companions for those ready to take on a small, feisty pup.

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