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#1 Oskar270

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:23 PM

When our furkids “shake” their fur, is this because they are felling too hot or cold and they do this to rejuvenate their coat?

The reason I’m asking is because Koko in the winter wears a woollen coat which slips over her and stays snag over her body. Today it was a sunny day but the temp. was -10C (14 F) and she kept shaking her coat about every 20 feet and I found this abnormal.

In the summer when it's very hot outside, she shakes her coat again very often and to my opinion she does this to keep cool.

Perhaps it’s better not to put on her woollen coat?

What do you do when you walk your furkids in the cold climate?

Do you dress them up or you let them to manage the cold alone?

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:54 PM

Down to around freezing, I pay no attention to temperature. The Tzu MUCH prefer cold to heat and would probably stay out all day if I didn't make them come in. As the temperature drops, I allow them less and less time outside.

As far as heat: as we approach 80 degrees I start limiting time outside, which isn't really much of a problem because after about 10 minutes they come back in anyway and flop down in the coolest spot they can find. Over 80 degrees and it's basically in-and-out to potty.

Dogs' coats are designed to insulate them from both heat and cold, but as responsible owners we need to set a few guidelines. As a brachycephalic breed, Shih Tzu tend to have breathing issues in hot weather (as do Pekingese, Bulldogs and others). In cold weather, they will run and play like crazy but unfortunately THEY don't know their pads or noses or the tips of their ears can be frost-bitten. That's where we come in!

Hope this answered your question.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Pam for your time, now I now a bit more...

Noticed you got 11 of them, congrats. Don't know how you manage but I only have Koko and my hands are almost full. Of course she is the Queen in the house and my schedule revolves just around her, lol

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:59 AM

If we are going to be out in the cold for longer then a bathroom break, I put sweaters on them. In the summer we try to take our walks when it is cooler if it is a hot day.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:04 PM

Mine wear sweaters or shirts most of the time, but if it's really cold, I have warm winter coats to put on also.
Yeah...they're spoiled! :debbi:

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

...or you could just move to sunny Australia , and never be cold again !!! Kirsty

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 04:14 PM

I'm on the way...but I think I would miss the snow, actually!

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:33 PM

Mine have sweaters for when it's moderately cold- like 40 degrees. They wear them in the house too, just like I sometimes like to wrap myself in a blanket, I think they like the sweaters. Gingerbread will actually shiver indoors until I put a sweater on him. For REALLY cold weather, both of mine have parkas.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 04:59 PM

For REALLY cold weather, both of mine have parkas.


I'm thinking I want to see pics of these parkas...while the dogs are wearing them of course.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:26 PM

Thanks Pam for your time, now I now a bit more...

Noticed you got 11 of them, congrats. Don't know how you manage but I only have Koko and my hands are almost full. Of course she is the Queen in the house and my schedule revolves just around her, lol


Actually, not all of the 11 are Tzu - 2 are our big happy mutt Jack (rescued from animal control and the BEST dog ever!) and my Lowchen Special
Sidda Lee ("Special" means she's an AKC conformation champion who is still being shown in best-of-breed only towards her grand championship). They are really not hard to manage as I've set things up, lol. Of course, I've been managing multiple dogs for a lot of my life and it gets easier with time. They know I love them and they know I'm the boss so it works well.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 02:52 PM

I'm thinking I want to see pics of these parkas...while the dogs are wearing them of course.


I'll have to take that picture!




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