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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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.

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