Weather for Pyrs - Extreme Cold

by Lisa
(Kentucky, USA)

Hi there, Just had a quick question..

I run in a park close to where I live and have noticed that there is a Great Pyrenees left
outside most of the day, in extremely cold weather:( I am not an expert
but just wanted to make sure this is acceptable. He looks well fed, and groomed
but I just can't help feel sorry for the poor boy.I think the owners are both doctors
so I don't think they are home a lot during the day ..is to why the dog s left outside. He seems kind of lonely to me, but I have been reading they love to be outside and in the cold? It was 20 degrees Fahrenheit today. Thank you for your feedback.

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Dec 29, 2017
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Cold Temperature
by: Donna

Pyrs do love the cold. 20 F is still 'warm' for a Pyr. They have double coats and when kept groomed so the air circulates, they are fine.

Most Pyrs love this weather as long as they have the option of shelter and a bed off the ground.

It's been -22 here and if allowed, my girl would spend 24 hours a day outside. She has a sheltered bed off the ground with a mattress on top.

This Pyr you saw should be fine.

Dec 29, 2017
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outside
by: Anonymous

It is 5 in NY state today and my Great Pyrenees is loving it as does my St. Bernard. They can take the cold very well. He has a choice as I have a doggy door off of my family room and for the majority of the day he is out in the yard surrounded by all his toys. If I didn't shut the door down all night he would love being out there. Close to my home is a golf course that allows dogs to be off leash and I walk my dogs about 3 to 5 miles everyday. And they do just fine and I am hard pressed to get these boys in my car at the end of their run.

Dec 30, 2017
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col weather
by: Anonymous

I had the same concern I bought a pyr from a very excellent breeder in Markham 8 years ago and those dogs are outside in pens with shelter . Are they ok if they are till there even in this weather?

Jan 02, 2018
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Thank You!
by: Lisa

Thank you everyone for your responses! I feel so much better. I ran again today and the dog was outside again, but he does look content sitting in the sun. There is a dog house outside as well with a back porch, so I feel peace of mind now due greatly to your responses. Thank you so much again, I appreciate it so much. Xo

Dec 30, 2019
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Cold by Choice
by: Anonymous

We've had 4 Great Pyrenees over 26 years and they all loved the cold. With the freedom of 2 dog doors, they mostly prefer being outside in frigid temperatures, but do enjoy coming in to warm up now and then. It's 8 below this morning at 5 a.m., and our 4-year-old Pyrenees male is out guarding our mountain property. I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving him for extended periods of time without shelter or the choice of coming inside through a dog door though.

Dec 26, 2020
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My pyr loves cold she handles cold very well
by: Marie

What I do with my 2 year old bella pyr is I let her out in the cold freezing weather for about 2-3 hours I bring her in many times she play fights me to go inside the house as long as the wind outside isn’t too harsh on her she could be inside in a deep nap wake suddenly and wants to go out in the cold snow
But I am a stay at home person so i time watch her every 2*3 hours in or out she chooses but in the summer she wants in with the AC on.

Feb 11, 2021
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Pyrenees and cold weather
by: Anonymous

They LOVE the cold weather it's the warm/hot weather that is much more concerning.
They DO need a shelter of some sort of it is snowing heavily and there is a strong wind. I have owned three this far and it is more difficult to try to keep them inside rather than let them stay outside.

Feb 12, 2021
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Pyrenees full time outside
by: Anonymous

We have two Pyrenees that are currently 10.5 months old and are around 105 lbs each. It is in the mid to low teens this week (F), and snow on the ground. These are livestock guardian dogs and have never spent a day inside. They have an open kennel in a large loafing shed filled with hay and they rarely go in there. They sleep right in the snow most of the day when it is 12 deg (f) outside and snowing. This morning they were covered in ice and just happy as could be. when it is above 20 deg (f) and sunny we find them out in the pasture with their belly to the sky like its 90 degs out.

Feb 14, 2021
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Freeze in Texas!!
by: Donna

I live in Texas and our temperatures are dropping fast, as a polar vortex is decending on us, which brought me to this page. I have a 18 month male Great Pyrenees who is a working dog and is responsible for 16 Barbados Sheep. I too was worried about our dropping temps, supposedly in the 0 range. Bear has a doghouse with hay.. it is sleeting outside, and Bear is choosing to lay stretched out in the elements. After reading everyone's story, I feel confident that he will be fine, even at zero. I do recommend going out and breaking the ice on their water ever so often. When I do that, he grabs the ice and plays with it. Silly dog... I absolutely adore this dog, they are so intelligent.

Feb 15, 2021
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Responding to Donna from Texas
by: Kirsten

Hey Donna I’m not sure you will see this but I read your comment and was just concerned because you said your Pyr had hay for a bed instead of straw, it could’ve just been that you call it that cause I know people that do but I just wanted to suggest that you switch to straw since when hay gets wet it molds and it isn’t really meant to be used as bedding. Again just a suggestion but if it works for you that’s great! :)
Yes I found the page cause I was just concerned about my 3 year old Pyr being out in all the snow but he has 24hr access to a barn with straw and is always out playing so he seems as happy as can be lol his favorite this is getting ice sickles and chewing on them like bones and batting snow balls around like hockey pucks

Feb 17, 2021
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So relieved now
by: Anonymous

Same here...in Texas with abnormally cold weather and have two rescue feral type dogs that are great pyrenees mix and I cannot get them to stay in the house. One will go out and curl up in the snow and sleep and the other has been running around and loving it (over an acre). Have always had the doggy door open for them to come in but they won’t since this storm hit so I’ve had to coax them inside and before I can turn around they are back out the doggy door! After about 15 times of this game I finally gave up and just check on them during the day and at night they have no choice but to be inside. Had no idea they could handle single digit weather like this plus -22 degree windchill. So glad to have found this while my electricity is on and able to get internet for the moment.

Feb 17, 2021
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Weather
by: Anonymous

Saw one on the way home just now walking in the middle of the road bellering like a bull calf, started to follow my truck, and got spooked off by the one behind me, don't know where his partner was, felt so bad for him, it's cold here in Texas, coldest ever remember, this is my 67th winter in Texas

Feb 18, 2021
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Shelter
by: Donna

Always make sure your dog(s) have insulated shelter and warm bedding as an option. They may choose to sleep out in the cold, and that's fine. But, they must have shelter.

If not a mattress in the insulated dog house, then straw as opposed to hay (it goes moldy) as someone below recommended.

Fresh water, too. You will need to get a water heater to keep the water from freezing.

Make sure to check on them regularly. You will be, anyways, since they also must be groomed regularly to keep their coats working as they should.

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