If you're considering about getting a Labrador, you might be concerned about whether or not your local environment is suitable for their high-temperature requirements. Even if you don't live in a chilly region, you could be concerned about whether your new family pet would be happy in your home. Getting a Lab in a place where it snows and rains all year round is a smart idea?
Can Labradors survive in the cold? Because of the thick double coat, Labradors do get along well with other dogs in colder climates.
You should bring the Lab inside when the temperature drops below 20 farenheit despite the fact that Labs are known to enjoy the snow and can swim in icy water with ease. It is possible for a dog to have health issues even though it is built to withstand the cold.
Labradors are known for their love of the outdoors, regardless of the weather, but be aware that in extremely cold temperatures, especially in winter, you will have to take precautionary precautions to safeguard your Labrador's health and well-being.
Before getting into the detail have a look to the brief introduction to Labrador community by proud dog parents. Subscribe the community now and avail the chance to get free gifts along with updated dog information. Subscription process is easy, just fill the form at bottom.
Labs Are Designed To Be in Cold Weather
To know why Labradors are suitable candidates for living in cold climates, you need to know where they came from first. As a result of their thick coat, Labrador Retrievers are able to survive in cold weather because of their history of selective breeding.
The origins of Labradors can be traced back to Newfoundland, Canada, with in early 1500s. Newfoundland is notoriously frigid, with the summer season seldom going beyond 61 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average daily temperature can fall as little as 32 farenheit in the winter months.
A working dog, known as the St John's Dog, was brought to the area by settlers and is where the modern-day Lab originated. Dogs with thick, water-resistant double coats are said to have been used by fisherman in the 1500s to draw in nets and to pull rope through one boat to the other. On land, they were also employed to catch birds. The residents of that era made use of these dogs in the freezing seawater conditions of winter, where water temperatures may fall under 32 degrees Fahrenheit at times.
The Double Coat of Labrador Retrievers Makes Them Cold Resistant.
A Labrador's coat has a special quality that helps keep him warm in the cold. It's fair to say that Labradors are "highly insulated." Some Lab owners find the thick double coat of their pet frustrating since it sheds at different periods of the year. Your Lab's coat may be a nuisance, but this is exactly why they'll thrive in a cold climate.
The coat of a Labrador is made up of two layers of fur. The topcoat sits on top, and the undercoat lies just beneath it. This is the reason why Labs are so tolerant of the cold.. Temperature-regulating properties are provided by the dog's undercoat. The Lab's undercoat creates an oil slick that maintains the skin dry, while still swimming, thanks to its ability to repel water.
What Is the Cold Tolerance Level of a Labrador?
While most labs can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, this isn't true for all of them. Is it safe for the Lab to also be exposed to frigid temperatures? In the end, it's all about the dog. Of course, only because the lab can tolerate freezing temperatures does not mean that you should expose it to them all the time.
Labradors' Health Concerns in the Cold
Even if you don't give it much thought, the prevalent health disorders in Labradors can be exacerbated or even created by the cold. Cold weather can exacerbate painful symptoms in dogs who already have arthritis in their joints. Hip dysplasia is a prevalent problem in Labrador Retrievers. Stiffness, wear - and - tear on the joint, or even painful dislocation are all possible outcomes of this degenerative joint condition.
In the winter months, if your Labrador has hip dysplasia or other joint problems, it's best to keep her inside. Too much contact to cold can be harmful to your Lab's health and well-being, even if taking your dog for a leisurely stroll either once twice a day helps reduce pain and stiffness. Hip dysplasia is a common ailment in Labrador Retrievers.
Inability to get out of a sitting or standing position without showing signs of stiffness or limping.
While urinating, It may fell over.
Frostbite is another ailment to be mindful of while taking the dog out in the cold. Skin cells are damaged by frostbite, which occurs when the top and bottom layers of the skin freeze solid. The dog's tail, ears, or paws are the most typical places to get frostbite in the winter months. Make absolutely sure that you don't keep your dog out in the cold for long periods of time to avoid frostbite. After a week of exposure to the cold, common indicators of frostbite may begin to emerge. These are the signs:
- An portion of the skin seems to be grey or pale in appearance.
- There is a lot of redness and swelling.
- To the touch, the affected area is icy.
- On the affected area, there are blisters and what appear to be sores.
- 'Dead' skin that appears black.
- When stroked or walked on, the dog exhibits signs of discomfort.
Hypothermia is another typical issue that Labradors face when exposed to low temperatures. The temperature of a healthy dog's body is between 101 and 103 degrees Celsius. Hypothermia, which can lead to heart failure, unconsciousness, or even death, can occur when the temperature goes below 100 farenheit (that can happen in severely cold situations). Symptoms of hypothermia in dogs include the following.
- The skin & nose are a pale shade of yellow.
- Shivering with a vengeance.
- Disdain for everyday tasks.
If you have any reason to believe your Labrador is hypothermic, you should immediately begin warming him up and seek veterinarian attention.