When the temperatures start to drop Pomeranian owners often think about how to keep their fluffy friends safe.
Pomeranians may have lots of fluffy fur but, do they get cold?
Known for their beautiful fluffy coats Pomeranians are not well suited for cold and snowy weather. You must limit a Pomeranian’s exposure to the cold and protect their paws and noses from the elements.
Do Pomeranians Feel Cold
Pomeranians are originally from the cold Arctic region once known as Pomeranian which is now known as North-West Poland and North-East Germany.
With a deep-rooted history as hard-working outdoor dogs, you would think that they are well suited for cold weather.
Although they have big fluffy coats of fur don’t let that mislead you, Pomeranians can get cold just as easily as a dog with a very little fur.
Does A Pomeranians Coat Keep Them From Getting Wet
Some dogs have coats that will prevent their skin from getting wet.
Even though a Pomeranian has a thick double coat, it does not prevent them from getting wet.
Their fluffy coats actually have the opposite effect, when they get wet a Pomeranian will become colder more quickly with hypothermia setting in at a much faster rate compared to a dog with dry fur.
At What Temperature Do Pomeranians Get Cold
Every dog will feel differently about the cold weather and what temperature they prefer to avoid.
As a general rule you should start to be concerned about the amount of time you are spending our side when the temperatures are around 40 Degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.
Once the temperature drops below 32 degrees you should limit your outdoor time to bathroom breaks only.
How Do I Know If My Pomeranian Is Cold
There are many signs that your dog can show to indicate that they are getting too cold.
- Heading or pulling towards the door of the house
- Looking for other places of shelter
- Being hesitant to go outside at all
- Shivering or trembling
- Lifting it’s paws off of the ground
- Acting anxious and nervous
What Is A Safe Temperature For Pomeranians
It is safe for a Pomeranian to be outside when the temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
When temperatures drop below 40 time outside should be limited.
Do Dogs Feel Cold At Night
Be aware of where your dog is sleeping.
Many homes can have cold and drafty areas, if your dog sleeps in a crate in a drafty area he or she may be much colder at night than you would assume.
How Cold Is Too Cold For A Pomeranians Paws
Cold temperatures can be very harsh on your little dog’s sensitive paws.
Always be aware of the dangers and conditions that your Pomeranians paw could encounter.
- Ice salt or road salt can irritate and burn your dogs paws
- Walking on frozen surfaces and ice can dry and irritate your dogs paws
- Dogs can easily slip and loose traction in the snow and ice
- Little frozen snowball can form between you dogs paw pads, injuring the sensitive tissues of the paws
Should I Be Concerned About My Dogs Nose In Cold Weather
Your dog’s nose may not be the first thing that you think of when trying to keep your dog safe from the cold.
A dog’s nose doesn’t have any protection from the elements and the harsh cold weather.
You must keep a close eye on your dog’s nose to prevent it from becoming chapped and damaged from the cold.
When your dog has a dark-colored nose it can be especially tough to notice when it starts to get dry and chapped.
How To Prevent You Dog From Getting A Chapped Nose
You can apply a balm that is specially made for your dog’s nose.
This balm can help protect your dog’s nose and assist with repairing any damage that has been caused by the cold weather.
Can Pomeranians Be In The Snow
Pomeranians can spend some time in the snow.
Some dogs will love playing in the snow on a nice sunny day whereas others will want to avoid being outside entirely.
Every do will be unique and have its own opinion on playing in the snow.
How Long Can Pomeranians Be In The Snow
You need to be very cautious about playing in the snow or cold with your Pomeranian.
If your Pomeranian is enjoying the outdoor playtime he or she will not know when to stop.
Most dogs would stay outside past the point of hypothermia, creating a life-threatening situation.
Of course, it will depend on the exact weather conditions but, young dogs should not spend more than five minutes outdoors in the cold.
An adult dog should not spend more than fifteen minutes outdoors during cold or snowy weather.
Always be more cautious than you think you need to be, you can always go back outside when the weather is warmer.
What Should I Do When My Dog Has To Go Outside In Cold Weather
Your dog will need to go outside during cold weather.
The two main reasons for an outdoor excursion are going to the bathroom and to get some exercise.
What To Do When Your Pomeranian Needs To Go Outside In The Cold
Preparing ahead of time for cold weather bathroom breaks for your Pomeranian will help make it easier and more comfortable for you and your dog.
- If it snows, shovel a designated are for your dog to go to the bathroom
- Make the bathroom area as close to the house as possible
- If possible select an area when it may be sheltered from the wind
- Bring an umbrella outside when needed
- Use booties on your dogs feet if you dog is familiar with them
- Don’t stay outside too long
- Reward your dog for doing it’s business
Always be well aware of the temperature indoors and outdoors to help protect your fluffy little friend from the cold.
Between the dropping temperatures of winter and the wet elements, Pomeranians are vulnerable to hypothermia and skin damage.
I always advise being extra cautious when the weather is at the extremes.
One of my dogs hates when it is cold or rainy outside, he pretty much refuses to go out whereas our female Willow loves the wet weather and would dig a hole in the rain and roll in the mud puddle if we let her.