Interesting Cold Weather Facts About Dogs

Dogs keep warm via highly efficient circulatory systems diffusing heat throughout the body.  

Built-In Warmers

 Double-layer coats with downy undercoat and longer guard hairs trap heat in frigid conditions.

 Insulating Fur  

In cold weather, blood moves from dogs' extremities to core causing lightening of nose and paw pads.  

 Snow Noses  

By scratching at the ground, dogs release heat energy stored in paw pads to warm frozen toes.

Scratch Heaters

High energy in winter often signals breed suitability for cold like Huskies and Akitas who relish romping.   

Snow Romping  

While dogs sweat minimally, panting enables evaporative cooling as needed instead of shivering.

Temperature regulation  

Dogs eat more in winter to produce excess internal heat and deposit insulating fat layers.   

 Seasonal Appetites  

why a dog’s coat may be dry and dull