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When Is It Too Cold To Walk A Dog?

Updated on January 30, 2014

Yea snow!

Short answer: A general rule of thumb is if it is too cold for you, it's too cold to walk the dog.

But make sure you looking at weather fairly. "Don't want to" and "too cold" can be two different things. It is important for your dog get some physical activity even in the winter.

Is It OK to Walk YOUR Dog?

Find out right now if the temperature is OK for YOUR breed of dog, WEATHER or not it's OK to take that walk!
Find out right now if the temperature is OK for YOUR breed of dog, WEATHER or not it's OK to take that walk! | Source

Others things to look at when deciding when is cold "too cold": the dog's breed and type of coat, her age, any health conditions, and what she's wearing if anything.


Generally, a healthy medium or large size dog can take a stroll in the winter. Below freezing, shorten the play time, by 10 or 20 minutes. For smaller dogs, you should also keep the walks short, and shorter still if below freezing. If your dog is shivering, go in


You can get information about your dog's breed and his tolerance to weather from your vet or a good reference book. For instance, even though they are sizable dogs, Bullmastiffs are particularly temperature sensative and shouldn't be out in neither very hot nor very cold weather.

Dogs with longer coats and/or are double coated (they have an undercoat of fur for the winter) can stay out in the cold longer. Single coat dogs should have shorter times outside or maybe wear a sweater or jacket.

Age and Health

Very young or very old dogs work harder to regulate body temperature. If it is cold, keep the walk very short, consider a dog sweater and booties, or even play games indoors.

Just Do It - In The Cold

Just because your dog does not want to go out doesn't mean he should stay in. It is still important for your dog (hey, and you too) to get some physical activity, even in the winter. Besides, your dog might like the snow!

When Is It Too Cold For YOU To Walk Your Dog?

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      7 years ago

      Is-33C , but with little wind chill factor too cold to walk my lab 6 month old lab for more than 20 minutes? I love the 'crisp' weather and can be out for hours, but I'm not sure about the dogs.

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      Bundle uP 

      8 years ago

      20 degrees is not too cold for you or your dog... believe me. dress appr. and if there is a lot of salt you can put booties on your dog (or a coat if necessary). I live in vermont and when it's below 0 is when its too cold for both.

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      9 years ago

      Just adopted a dog. Is 10 degrees too cold to walk you dog or no its ok togo for short walk.

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      9 years ago

      So, how long should I walk my 1-year-old border collie mix in the winter, i.e., time and temperature?

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      10 years ago

      Great Mary Langan!

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      mary Langan 

      10 years ago

      Thank you this was very helpful!!!


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