I'm in northcentral WV, so nearish you and similar weather. My golden would absolutely murder me if I ever tried to make her wear a coat. But your girl is adorable!
Lucy only has 3 jackets (poor Lucy). The latest is good quality but too big. Apparently my dog is in-between sizes. I wouldn't recommend it because I am not sure "how it is supposed to look". Maybe I will take a picture of her in it just to make you guys laugh. I was going to alter it -- but now -- I have good advice to just buy one of Bitsy's recommendations! TYOn rainy days she’s like, “What’s your problem? Let’s go!” We go, but I do like her in a garment.
I saw this thread earlier and moved on.
I had to do the conversion to Celsius... 40F is 4 degrees Celsius. Trust me, Goldens are fine with no coat in temps WAY colder than that. They do live in northern climates, too, after all. Most of the winter is colder than that in many places.I read that goldens are meant for climates between 40F and about 80F and outside of that window they can become uncomfortable and caution should be exercised.
I will say, I have never met a golden who didn't hate the heat and love the snow. Over Christmas, we had some really cold temps, below 0 for several days. Every chance she got, Juneau was asking to go outside. SinceI know that those temps can be dangerous for dogs, I limited her time. But she would have happily stayed out there, not realizing she was giving herself frostbite. Now, during regular winter weather for our area, upper 20s to 30s, and usually some snow, she will lay out in the yard as long as I allow, which if I'm home, I'll let her do it as long as she wants. We go play in it, but when I"m ready to go back inside, she will stay out. She'll come to the door every once in awhile and check in, and then when I open it to see if she wants to come in, she runs back to the snow. Summer is a whole different story. She avoids the sun, lays in the shade, and is happy to come in after about 20 minutes of playing and lay on top of the air vent.t
Seriously though on the topic of garments: I read that goldens are meant for climates between 40F and about 80F and outside of that window they can become uncomfortable and caution should be exercised. Or course we all know about the dangers of heat. And obviously dogs have survived for hundreds and hundreds of years without garments, but I like to apply one when wind chills belie the listed temp. This is a holdover from having horses - sure, they can be naked (if they aren’t clipped) but they can also be more comfortable in certain weather with garments.
My daughter made a blanket for my wife for Christmas......I'm not sure who's been getting the most use out of it so far.....Hallie doesn’t have any clothes, but she definitely appreciates a good blanket. It’s funny to me because the lab we had previously preferred to lay on cool tile. Hallie usually just lays on top of the blankets, but occasionally my daughter covers her up and she’ll stay under. View attachment 899600
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The look on her face says "I can't believe you're taking me out in public dressed like this....." to me. It might be time to shop for a bigger size. Can't beat orange for visibility......Addy has a "raincoat" which was too short from the start,
got it mainly for the color and the fact we walk in every weather on a road shoulder of a country rd, it protects her back from being soaked to the skin and hit makes us more visible in snow storms and fog.
Didn't think I was going to use it past puppyhood, but it may be time to look for another one, preferably longer, but still orange...
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I didn't realize Canada didn't follow the US and uses the metric system! I brought Ramses to the Arctic (Svalbard) as a puppy roughly 5 months old and also later when he was 2 years old. And he didn't have any problems with the temperature both times (which is incredibly chilly). I was a bit more cautious when he was a puppy but he never really seemed to mind. My only problem was him coming back inside - because the snow and ice was too much fun. The fact that the Huskies were always out there too and him wanting to do everything they did might have been a factor too. Mine personally despises the heat and summer temperatures...I had to do the conversion to Celsius... 40F is 4 degrees Celsius. Trust me, Goldens are fine with no coat in temps WAY colder than that. They do live in northern climates, too, after all. Most of the winter is colder than that in many places.
It can feel as cold as -30C here on occasion (-22F), and definitely -15 to -20C (5F to -5F). That's a cold snap here, but my dog will still roll in the snow at those temps. It feels like -9C today - and since we got a bit of snow yesterday, too, she will have a blast in it. No coat necessary.
That's so sweet of your daughter - beautiful blanket 😊 You know these Goldens couldn't pass up on something beautiful and comfortable! 😂My daughter made a blanket for my wife for Christmas......I'm not sure who's been getting the most use out of it so far.....