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        Posted 18 January 2007 - 02:52 PM

I know that labs are good in cold weather ...but as a rule of thumb when is it too cold to leave them outside ?

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        Posted 18 January 2007 - 04:56 PM

Firstly, welcome from Lincolnshire in the UK. You'll see that we love pics on here and we chat about pretty much everything to do with Labs (and other stuff in between!)

In terms of leaving your lab outside, I'd use your best judgement. My lab Tessa used to sleep in a kennel in the garden all year round although she had a 'hut' to retreat to at night and when it got cold with blankets in.
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        Posted 19 January 2007 - 04:27 AM

Another big welcome - again from England.

I think there are few replies to your query, not because people aren't interested, but I think it's because maybe we need a bit more info or, like me, some may not feel really qualified to give you a definitive answer.

What is certain is that labs are very hardy and not phased by low temperatures per se. My layman advice would be that as long as the dog is already used to being outdoors and has shelter and some form of bedding available, then there should be few problems (but then again I don't know what temperatures have in Texas at night time, and also how old your dog is.)

Then I would advise you to get advice from someone who knows more than me.

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        Posted 19 January 2007 - 07:49 AM

Hello again from the UK.

Dogs are a lot like us when it comes to cold weather. You will have to use your common sense when it comes to bringing the dog indoors. Dogs do get hypothermia and frostbite.

Personally i would bring em in, when the temp gets below 5-6 degrees. That's unless you have heat lamps in the kennel.
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        Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:06 PM

Isn't it the further north you get the thicker your blood is.. so you can deal with the temperature in your surroundings??? Or something like that?
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        Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the nod Carolyne. Everyone has given some wonderful advise. If it was me I would follow it. First and foremost use common sense, If you don't want to sleep in that weather do not make your dog do it. Yes labs can handle extreme cold better than humans but why make them if you don't have to. As a general rule of thumb I would go with JM's advise. Heather I have never heard that before. But I will research it to find out.
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