Many times when people own dogs they have them live outdoors all the time. This could be because of limited space in the house, or they just don’t want the dog inside. However, if you are going to have a dog live outside to make sure to get a breed that can stand up to the elements.
Some breeds live in the outdoors more easily than other breeds. If you live in a warm climate you would not want to have a cold-weather dog outdoors. On the other hand, you would not want a warm-weather dog in a cold climate outdoors. So make sure you buy the right breed for the weather in your area.
For an example of the above, you would not want to place a Chihuahua outdoors in a cold climate. This dog could get chilly because it does not have a heavy coat. On the other hand, you would not want to put an Alaskan Malamute in the warm climate. It would get way too hot; this breed is meant for the cold weather.
Some breeds that do well outside are…
- The Rottweiler breed is a great guard dog and can live quite well outdoors. The breed is descendant of herding dogs which lived back the ancient Roman times.
- The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a working-class dog. This dog comes from Switzerland and is used to be out in the elements. It is built for this.
- The Chow Chow is a very popular breed of dog. With its thick coat, it can weather through the even real cold weather. If you live in hot weather though you should have it drastically trimmed for it to live comfortably in the heat.
- The German Shepherd has natural-protecting instincts, which makes it a great guard dog. It has a double-layer coat that gives it enough insulation for cold weather so it can live outdoors comfortably.
Now to make any dog more comfortable outside no matter what the weather get them a doghouse for shelter. This can be a retreat from the cold in the wintertime or the heat of the summer. You need to place wood shaving or straw on the floor of it this is great insulation. You can add old blankets too but you need to make sure everything is waterproofed so that it does mold or mildew.
If the weather is unusually frigid make sure you only leave your dog out if they are built for it. Also, make sure you feed it daily just like you would in the house and provide it plenty of water. You can, of course, choose to bring the dog in when the temperatures are in extreme in either direction. It just depends on the breed you own and how it is built to stand up to the elements.
No matter what give your dog plenty of attention even though they are outside. A dog needs to know they are loved for it to be healthy and happy.