It’s getting colder outside and that means Australian Shepherds have to start bundling up! Do Australian Shepherds like cold weather? Some people might say that Australian Shepherds are bred for the cold since they come from a country with such extreme temperatures. But is that really true? Let’s take a closer look at how Australian Shepherds react to cold weather and whether or not they actually enjoy it.
Do Australian Shepherds Like Cold Weather?
Yes, Australian Shepherds enjoy being in colder weather. However, they are not equipped to live outside in cold weather. If you are in cold weather with your furry friend for an extended period of time, check up on them and ensure they don’t get too cold.
Each Australian Shepherd is a little different in its preferences. For example, while some Australian Shepherds might enjoy the cold weather, others might not be as fond of it. It really depends on the individual dog and how they react to the cold weather.
Some Australian Shepherds might have a slightly thicker coat of fur that helps them stay warm in a colder climate, while others might have slightly less fur and might prefer a warmer climate altogether. Australian Shepherds are quite intelligent dogs and they can adapt to different climates, but it’s important to take into account their individual needs when it comes to the cold weather.
Why Australian Shepherds Generally Do Well In Cold Weather
Australian Shepherds can stay warm in cold weather because they have a thick coat of fur (remember they have a double coat). Not only that, but because they’re so active, they tend to generate a lot of body heat which helps keep them warm in colder climates.
Australian Shepherds are also bred for herding, which means they’re used to being outdoors and being active in all types of weather conditions. This means that Australian Shepherds are generally more resistant to cold weather than other breeds of dogs.
Should Aussies Sleep/Live Outside During Winter?
No. Australian Shepherds can spend some time sleeping outside, but only in certain climates. If it’s too cold, they might not be able to generate enough body heat to stay warm. Truth be told, if the climate is too extreme (either hot or cold), it can be dangerous for Australian Shepherds to sleep outside. It’s likely not worth the risk if you’re considering it.
It’s important to take into account your Australian Shepherd’s individual needs when it comes to the cold weather. Some Australian Shepherds might be fine sleeping outside in a colder climate, while others might not. If you’re unsure, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and bring them inside.
Should My Australian Shepherd Wear A Winter Coat During Winter? What About Boots?
Oddly enough, it’s not uncommon for us to spot a dog out for a walk wearing a coat. Why is that? the truth is, it’s mostly aesthetics. A Coat and four boots are not required for Australian shepherds in cold climates. Australian Shepherds have a double coat, which allows them to retain heat well.
About The Coat
Australian Shepherds do not require a jacket for being outside for short periods of time during winter or colder seasons. On the other hand, they do make your furry friend a bit cuter while embracing the cold temperatures!
About The Boots
Boots are also considered optional for most. At AussieBase, we feel that boots should be used during colder seasons. Oftentimes, you’ll find that salt and harsh chemicals used to melt snow and ice on the streets get stuck between the pads of their feet. This is painful for your Australian Shepherd and can easily be avoided by wearing boots!
5 Telltale Signs Your Aussie Is Getting Cold
Any responsible Australian shepherd owner should be aware of the signs of a cold Australian Shepherd. Should any of the below signs become apparent to you or you simply have a hunch, consider moving your Australian Shepherd to a warmer environment.
Australian Shepherds will start to shiver when they’re cold.
If Australian Shepherds are too cold, they might start to whine or whimper. This is their way of telling you that they’re not comfortable and they need to go inside.
Licking Their Paws
Australian Shepherds might start licking their paws when they’re cold!
Australian Shepherds might also huddle when they are cold. This is their way of trying to generate heat by being close to other Australian Shepherds or humans.
If your Australian Shepherd Does Have a tail, you’ll notice that they tuck their tail when they’re cold. This is their way of trying to keep their backend warm.
Australian Shepherds are bred to withstand all types of weather conditions, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to the cold. It’s important to take into account your Australian Shepherd’s individual needs when it comes to the cold weather. Some Australian Shepherds might be fine sleeping outside in a colder climate, while others might not.
If you’re unsure, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and bring them inside. Australian Shepherds have a double coat (which we recently discussed here), which allows them to retain heat well. However, should you feel the need, Australian Shepherds can wear a coat and boots in colder weather! Shivering, whining/whimpering, licking their paws, huddling, and tucking their tail are all signs that your Australian Shepherd might be getting cold.