Siberian Huskies in cold weather
So, with frigid temperatures this past week, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about bringing your dogs inside. “If you’re cold, they’re cold.”
While this is true for many breeds, Siberians were built for this weather. … 9 times out of 10, if you’re cold, they’re comfortable & happy.
A Siberian shouldn’t be forced to be inside. Yes, you should provide indoor housing for them in these temperatures. But if you let them out to play/go to the bathroom, don’t chase them down to bring them back in. Your Siberian knows when he/she is cold, and will come inside when they want or need to come inside.
Look at this photo I took yesterday of Joker’s coat. See how much snow is on his coat? This was after about an hour of playing. It didn’t melt. Do you know why?
The Siberian has a double coat that is built for this type of weather. Indeed, they can withstand temperatures well below this, up to -76 degrees Fahrenheit. The Siberian’s undercoat helps lock in heat, and keeps it from escaping, which is why the snow on Joker’s coat didn’t melt. It shows just how little heat is actually escaping his body. The guard hairs keep the snow out of the undercoat, similar to waterproofing. Ever wondered why it is so hard to bathe a Sibe and get them truly wet down to the undercoat?
You should always supervise their outdoor time, and if you have a young puppy or older dog, pay closer attention to their time outside in this frigid weather. But allow your Siberian to be outside and have fun, because this is the weather they LOVE, and this is the weather they are build for.