Does My Golden Retriever Need a Sweater or Coat?

It is important to make sure that our dogs are safe and comfortable, especially in cold weather that makes us wear big coats and heavy sweaters that can make you wonder, can they be out in that weather or do they need a sweater or maybe a blanket? Let’s find out.

Does my golden retriever need a sweater? Yes, Your Golden retriever will need a sweater or a coat outside if the temperature drops below 20°F (-6.7°C) because that’s too cold for them, and puppies and senior golden retrievers will need a sweater at temperatures of 45°F (7.2°C) because they can’t regulate their temperature as well.

To find out why they need a sweater or a coat, how they handle the temperature, and everything else you should know about your dog and the cold weather, keep on reading…

Does My golden retriever need a sweater? 

Golden Retriever puppy in a sweater to illustrate the answers to does my golden retriever need a sweater or coat?

Goldens are pretty good in handling cold weather, but they also have their own limitations. Generally, tt depends on the weather but it also depends on the dog’s health condition.

As a rule o thumb, if the temperature is above 45°F, they will not require any sweater or coat and they will be able to regulate their temperatures just fine.

When it drops below that they may need help staying warm with the help of a sweater, coat, or blanket. You should definitely make sure that they do not stay outside for more than 30 minutes without a sweater if the temperature is below 20°F and bring them inside as quickly as possible.

But the temperature alone will not tell the whole story, and you need to keep an eye on your dog and watch for any signs that they are not cold such as shivering or looking for cover.

As for at night, you can learn when do golden retrievers need blankets here, and you will find 7 very useful tips on keeping your golden warm at night in general, so make sure to check it out when possible.

Does My Goldendoodle Need a Sweater? 

The case for Goldendoodles is very much the same as it is with Golden Retrievers, and you can apply the same guidelines discussed above.

Normally, they won’t need any help in staying warm because they have thick double coats and a lot of furs to insulate their skin from the cold water, but even they have the same limits, so when it’s too cold outside for your golden retrieve,r it’s also too cold for your Goldendoodle (when it drops below 20°F or -6.7 °C)

When is it too cold for golden retrievers and Goldendoodles? 

Both golden retriever and Goldendoodles can tolerate the weather between 45°F and 90°F just fine, and they will enjoy the cold weather due to their lustrous double-layered coat that can insulate them from the cold weather outside.

However, depending on their age and health condition, below 45°F could be too cold for them and you can provide them with a blanket, coat, or sweater.

They also should not be exposed to that weather without anything to protect for more than 30 minutes.

You should know that your dog’s health play a big role in how well they can handle the weather as well as the condition of their coats. A golden retriever that has recently had a haircut will not be as well insulated from the cold as a golden with its coat at full length.

This is just one of the reasons you should never shave your golden, but you can discover all the reasons for shaving a golden is a terrible idea here.

Age is also a factor, puppies and senior dogs can’t handle the low temperatures as well as dogs in their prime can because their bodies are not as efficient as they could be in pushing blood around the body to keep them warm.

10 Tips to Keep Your Dog Warm In Winter 

  1. Keep them active with a daily walk and keep it short
  2. After the walk wash your dog’s paws and dry them due to the chemicals in the snow that can hurt them
  3. Do not leave them outside for too long especially at the night
  4. Never let them sleep outside 
  5. Keep a blanket in your car in case it gets too cold for them (if it’s too cold for you then it’s too cold for them)
  6. If it is too cold put a sweater or a coat on your dog
  7. Train them to wear boots ( it will protect them while going for a walk)
  8. Feed them well, a balanced diet is everything.
  9. Keep them hydrated 
  10. Buy a thermometer to keep track of the temperature everywhere you go to check if it’s below 45°F.

Should dogs sleep inside or outside?

It is best to keep them inside in cold weather, and do not leave them unattended outside for extended periods if they are puppies. Do not leave them outside for more than 30 minutes in the cold, and do not let them sleep outside.

Just like puppies, short-haired dogs, and small dogs should not sleep outside.

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How can you tell if a dog is cold at night?

If your dog is cold at night they will do some of these signs

  • Lifts paws off the ground 
  • Shaking or shivering 
  • Whining or barking 
  • Seeks places for shelter
  • Change in their behavior ( being anxious or uncomfortable)
  • Hunched posture 
  • Reluctance to keep walking (tries to turn around)
  • Tucked tail.

Do dogs need blankets at night?

Yes, they do if it is too cold where they are sleeping. It is better if you provide extra warmth through sweaters, coats, blankets, or heating, especially if they are puppies or small breeds because they will have a hard time to keep themselves warm, if it is too cold for you it is probably too cold for them too.

What temperature should dogs sleep in?

In the winter make sure they sleep between 69 °F and 72 °F, and you can get a thermostat for that, and never set the temperature below 60 °F and provide them with soft bedding and a warm blanket, however, the larger the dog the cooler the temperature can be.

My favorite Thermostat (which I use for the room my dogs sleep in) is the ecobee Smart Thermostat because it’s ridiculously good and simple to use. I love the voice activation feature and Alexa, and I think you should give it a chance. It also makes for an awesome gift. You can check it on Amazon here. You can also check it by clicking on the image below:

Related Questions 

Do dogs get lonely?

Yes, they do, they get lonely when they spend much of their time alone because dogs are social beings, and they will need environmental simulation just as humans do.

Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that you have to go to work and your dog will need to stay home alone. Thankfully, there are things you can do to make staying alone easier on your dog, and you can learn how to leave your dog alone here.

How long will a dog remember a person?

Dogs might not remember a specific event, but they will associate any gesture, movement, voice, and smell with emotion, so even if you haven’t seen them for years they will recognize you from afar and they will greet you as if you just came home from your work.

Why do dogs sleep next to their owners?

It is a sign of affection, connection, and closeness. They do it because it feels safe to be with you, and your dog is reassured by your presence and it needs constant confirmation that you are there for them, also it is a continuation of the bonding process that began when you and dog first met.

Why do dogs lick you?

It is how they show their affection, the person they love to lick the most is their favorite person and it is always the person that takes care of them when they lick, pleasurable endorphins are released into their blood which makes them feel calm and comfortable.

You can learn how dogs choose their favorite person here and I even discuss how you can become your dog’s favorite person, so make sure to give it a read when possible.

Why does my dog sit in my spot when I get up?

It is a way to show their affection for you, also they can sit in your spot because they feel the need to protect you. After all, it gives them the edge over the other animals in the house.  


Signs your dog is too cold.


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