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10 Dog Breeds That Are Sensitive To Cold Weather

With fall here and winter quickly arriving, 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.

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