Your dog is special and unique, and that means there is no easy answer for the question “How cold is too cold for your dog?”. Certain variables such as the type and even the color of your dog’s coat mean your dog can be more or less affected by the cold weather. Thicker and darker haired pups fair the best. A dog’s age and health are also factors, as well as size and conditioning – or what weather the dog is used to having his walks. 

Also remember that the number of degrees that your weather app tells you isn’t necessarily the real temperature. Factors such as wind chill, humidity and cloud cover affect the dogs warmth as well. 

The best way to monitor your dog when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.