Now that winter is fast approaching, the temperature is dropping and nights are getting colder. Depending on where you live, this could mean freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and all that other fun stuff the cold weather brings. For us Chihuahua owners, this also means it’s time to take the necessary steps needed to help keep your Chihuahua warm during these chilly times.
Unfortunately, the Chihuahua breed doesn't naturally handle cold weather well. There are a couple of different reasons for this, but the main reason comes from their history. The Chihuahua breed originated from the hot climate of Chihuahua, Mexico. In this hot climate, Chihuahuas really never encountered any extreme cold weather. Now, though, Chihuahuas live in countries across the world in all types of climates.
Another reason why Chihuahuas don’t handle the cold well is because of their size. Remember, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed on the planet, and being small means their bodies become more affected by cold temperature than larger dogs.
Well, after reading that, you might feel a little uneasy about this upcoming winter, but don’t worry. In today’s world there are a number of things you can do help a Chihuahua stay warm.
The Basic of Keeping Your Chihuahua Warm
Let me first say that depending on where you live and how cold it is, everyone’s situation may be different. For instance, a Chihuahua in Texas will certainly not need as much help staying warm as one would need up in Colorado. Use your common sense and be aware of your Chihuahua’s health and comfort level.
Limit Your Chihuahuas Time Outdoors
One of the main things an owner can do to help their Chihuahua beat the cold is to limit the amount of time they spend outside. As obvious as this sounds, you would be surprised at how many people actually leave their Chihuahuas out in the cold all day.
Clothes To Keep Warm
It’s also a good idea to make your Chihuahua wear a warm sweater, shirt, or even a jacket when they go outside. These extra layers can provide warmth, comfort, and protection from the elements. In fact, most professional Chihuahua handlers and veterinarians recommend putting some form of clothes on your Chihuahua when it's cold out.
Staying Warm Indoors
While it’s usually colder outside, the indoors can still be cold for a Chihuahua during the winter, especially in the early morning hours. Making sure they're warm indoors is just as important as keeping them warm outside.
Just as we stay warm with blankets, so do our Chihuahuas. Spread some blankets out in your Chihuahua’s bed and wherever they like to spend time at during the day. Chihuahuas love blankets and have a tendency to burrow underneath them for warmth. If you see your Chihuahua burrowing, go ahead and let them, this is a great way for them to keep warm.
Dealing With The Weather
Another part of keeping your Chihuahua warm involves dealing with the weather. If there's snow or frozen ice on the ground, try to clear a path in the yard that your Chihuahua can walk to and from the house without having to trek through it. This way you can let them outside to do their business without making your Chihuahua get soaked from the snow.
Also, if it’s raining or snowing, never allow your Chihuahua to spend too much time outside. Their small bodies can get drenched quickly from spending just a couple minutes in the rain or snow, which can lead to a major drop in body temperature for them. If your Chihuahua does become wet, dry them off as quickly as possible with towel.
It’s just natural for Chihuahuas to get more cold than other dogs. However, following these simple steps will help your Chihuahua beat the cold by staying warm.