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Cold Weather in MN

Discussion in 'American Staffordshire Terrier' started by MissiesMom, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. MissiesMom

    MissiesMom Puppy

    Hi. I have always owned Bichon's until Missie. Bichon's get a nice thick fur coat for winter. Missie's fur is thin and short. Does she need a jacket for winter?


    Thanks for your Help

    TJ:sonn_u11:
     
  2. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Mine have winter sweaters. :D Of course, they only go outside to potty and that's it, but they do get cold and shiver. Mollie has a rain slicker and she will not go outside when it's raining unless you put it on her... she hates getting wet. I'm thinking about getting them some of those little boots... not so much to keep their feet dry as it is to keep them from getting muddy, and then tracking it inside.

    I got some of Mollies stuff at PetCo and PetSmart right now has awesome jackets that are lined with a thick flannel like material on one side, and a rain slicker with reflective strips on the outer side. I got Mollie's rain slicker at Old Navy. :)
     
  3. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    Yep they do need a jacket. I have jackets for all of mine. I live right by the Twin Cities so it gets quite chilly in the winter time. I have a couple of dogs that refuse to go outside in the winter time unless they have a jacket on.
     
  4. honeypitty

    honeypitty Good Dog

    go to old navy they have some nice coats for like 10$
    her royie in hers it also has a hood
    [​IMG]
     
  5. retro

    retro Little Dog

    she does not need a jacket - she may like one, but she'll be fine without one. i lived with stafs in MN for years.
     
  6. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Mollie's sweater....
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    Rain slicker from Old Navy....
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  7. xgarrettxvx

    xgarrettxvx Big Dog

    I know a guy who has a ton of apbt/bullies in michigan and his dogs chase his snowmobile in really thick snow. None of the dogs had clothes on in the pictures.
     
  8. MissiesMom

    MissiesMom Puppy

    Thanks to everyone for all of the good advice. I think I can tell the Momma's from the Pappa's. Since I am a Momma, I think I will opt for a coat! I love seeing the cute pics of everyones pups all bundled up!!

    One more question...What size do Staffy's usually need? Do I go strictly on measurements? This is all new to me!

    I will upload a pic when she gets her new coat!
     
  9. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'd take them with you if possible, like at the pet store, and try them on... that's what I did with Mollie... I'm thinking about getting Bella the boots, so I will take her and try those on as well. :)
     
  10. MissiesMom

    MissiesMom Puppy

    Mollie's Nanna...Let me know how the boots work. Missie doesn't like the feeling of the snow on her feet. Boots may be a good idea for her.

    Thanks again!!
     
  11. Maria 50

    Maria 50 Puppy

  12. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Mine are only out to potty in the winter and once it hits -20 or colder Jersey's coat goes on, otherwise when she comes back in her legs hardly move and she shivers like crazy. Mine are pits, not staffs so not much bulk to them. Nero on the other hand doesn't even seem to notice the weather. This is him zooming after a storm last year!
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  13. MissiesMom

    MissiesMom Puppy

    I absolutely LOVE that photo.

    I guess we are goin shoppin for a coat and a sweater!
     
  14. My pit is Sasha

    My pit is Sasha Good Dog

    Winter clothes - no, winter boots - yes

    Sasha was born out in Idaho which is where I got her but the first winter I had her there wasn't much in the way of snow. The second winter I had her was more like a real winter and I ended up with a snow drift in front of the house I was renting that was about 3 feet deep. Got home from work to let her out for her potty and she dove right into it to see what it was. She's been a snow dog ever since.

    She's an indoor dog and we moved back to MN last December right in time for the first big snows. The cold and the snow didn't faze her in the least, no shivering, no looking at me like something was wrong, no problems at all. At least no problem that a sweater would have done anything for.

    You might be better off investing in some good (i.e. neopaws or similar) dog boots. The only real issue that concerns me in winter with Sasha is paw burns from ice melt, and she gets ice and snow in the fur between her pads and that really bothers her.

    Otherwise, it could be 20 below with 30 mile an hour winds where I'm freezing my butt off and she'd still be tail high and trottin'.
     
  15. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Missiesmom: Do you get a jacket?? Pictures please :D
     
  16. MissiesMom

    MissiesMom Puppy

    Here she is...

    In her coat and boots. Unfortunately, that is how she sits outside as well. She doesn't move with the coat and boots on - not a step - and has that forelorned look! So, my next question is how does one get them to wear their cold weather gear and enjoy the outdoors? I took the coat and boots off of her and she loved playing in the snow. However, the icey layer on the snow also cut her tender little feets. Are we just destined to be indoors over the winter? Are there any other ways to protect her feet?

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    :sonn_u11:
     

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  17. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    :lol: That look!! :lol: She's thinking... "I'm gonna get you!"
     

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