Corgis have great physical features. These little guys are built low and long with the most adorable appearance. Thus, this breed can make perfect pets but what if you are living in really snowy weather. Do these dogs like snow or do they hate it?
Corgis actually love snow due to having thick and weatherproof double coats. Thus, as long as these little guys can be playful and have fun, snow does not affect them. In fact, Corgis can adapt to snowy weather that is as cold as 50°F (10°C). However, when it goes below 45°F (7.2°C), this breed may start to feel a little uncomfortable and would want shelter.
In this post, I will explain to you in-detail about how resistant and protective a Corgi’s coats are and if a Corgi does not like snow and its coldness, how to help the dog adapt and like such weather.
- Can you be sure that a Corgi’s Coats can Resist cold and snowy weather?
- When do the double coats of a Corgi fail to resist snow?
- Can being in snow hurt a Corgi’s paws?
- How to protect Your Corgi when it is too cold due to excessive snowing?
- What to do if your Corgi hates snow and cold weather?
- Final Thoughts
Can you be sure that a Corgi’s Coats can Resist cold and snowy weather?
Yes, Corgis have warm insulated water-repelling coats that can definitely resist snow and coldness. The thick undercoat is trapping the body heat within the body while the coarse outercoat directly battles snowy and chilly weather.
You see, there is a reason why Corgis are known as all-weather dogs. A Corgi can adapt to any type of weather with their protective double coats like a champ.
When do the double coats of a Corgi fail to resist snow?
At a certain point, the effective and cold-resisting double-coats of a Corgi also can fail to retain body heat and keep the dog warm. That happens when the temperature reaches sub-zero (at 0 degrees centigrade or at 32 degrees Fahrenheit).
In this situation, a Corgi must seek shelter for warmth or at lease have equipment such as a Jacket and boots. Therefore, you should make sure what is too cold to the dog and what is not. Then, take the best course of action to protect the dog.
Can being in snow hurt a Corgi’s paws?
Yes, being in snow and ice certainly can hurt a Corgi’s paws as it can dry out the paw pads and also, increases the chances of getting Frostbitten. Even if your Corgi did not get Frostbitten, its paws can get cracked or chapped which can cause pain to the dog.
Moreover, If your Corgi stays outside when it snows, make sure it does not play in the ice and snow for more than approximately half-an-hour.
However, all these issues can be avoided with proper clothing such as winter boots.
How to protect Your Corgi when it is too cold due to excessive snowing?
If a Corgi’s coats can not do the job alone to keep the dog warm and cozy in the cold weather, luckily there are protective clothing that you can use to help the dog.
Here they are:
01 – Winter Boots
Winter boots do not only keep your Corgi warm but also, protects it from injuries by providing extra traction to avoid falls and slips due to snow. Also, these boots can prevent ice, snow and melting salt from being built up within your Corgi’s paw pads that can cause painful sores and cuts.
With winter boots, your lively-spirited Corgi can be its usual playful self and run around despite the cold, the snow and slippery surfaces. I say it is better to be safe than sorry.
02 – Winter Jackets
If it is a really cold day where the temperature is close to 45°F (7.2°C), protective-winter clothing is crucial. despite the chilly weather, Corgis love their walks and playtime outside. So, wearing a jacket or a sweater can help them stay warm and enjoy their time, running around in the snow.
When you get your Corgi a winter jacket, make sure it is water-resistant and made up of good material that can keep the heat trapped inside.
However, as Corgis are not large-sized dogs, it is better if the jacket or sweater that it wears is lightweight and also, does not limit front-leg movement.
That is the best way for a Corgi to wear a winter jacket.
03 – Paw Wax
When it is cold or snows, before taking your Corgi out for walks or playtime, make sure to apply paw balm on its paws. This reduces the dog’s skin from being dry and also, lessen the damage that salt can cause.
Also, even after returning home, reapply some more paw wax because it can keep the dog’s skin soft and moisturized during the cold days.
04 – Towel
When your Corgi is in snow, playing on the icy surfaces, it can get quite a bit of ice on its paws and everywhere else. So, keep a towel with you to wipe down the dog’s paws and anywhere else that it has snow on. It can reduce the harm of ice and salt such as dry skin.
Also, after returning home, wipe down the paws again.
What to do if your Corgi hates snow and cold weather?
It is normal when a Corgi shows that it does not really like the snow or its chilliness but as time goes, it will surely adapt to the weather and everything about it. Perhaps, the dog will start liking it too.
And luckily, you also can do a lot to help the dog adapt to snowy weather much faster.
So here is what you can do:
01 – Use positive reinforcement for going out in the cold weather
Positive reinforcement is when you reward a dog for doing something that you want it to do.
You can use this training method to encourage your Corgi to adapt and like the cold and snowy weather. All you have to do is that when you take the dog out and come home, give the dog a tasty treat and some praise.
You see, when an activity is associated with positive things such as rewards, a dog starts liking the activity because it gets them rewards. In this case, it is your Corgi going out in the snowy and chilly weather.
Also, if your Corgi really dislikes snow, you can take it up a notch and reward the dog two times. Give the first treat when the dog comes out of the house. Then, give the second treat with praise after returning home.
Trust me, your little Corgi will love going out after that.
02 – Keep the outdoor trips short
It is important that you limit the time that your Corgi spends outside, especially when the dog does not like the cold weather.
Try to keep the time span between 25 and 35 minutes per trip but when you take the dog out for the very few-first times, even 10 min outdoor trips are great. Then, gradually increase the time up to about 35 minutes.
03 – Let the dog do physical Activities in the cold weather
It is essential for a Corgi to do enough exercise to stay healthy but however, with cold and snowy weather, you might think it is difficult. No, that it not true. In fact, cold weather is the best for a dog that does not like the chilliness of snow to exercise outdoor.
You see, the reason that your Corgi might not like coldness is because it probably likes the warmer weather more despite having thick coats
But when the dog does exercise, it starts to feel warmer as the heart rate goes up and calories are burned. Plus, it does not matter how cold it is outside, if the dog exercise, it will feel less cold.
Therefore, the more your Corgi exercise, the more it will feel cozy and tempted to stay out with you.
04 – dress the dog with protective-Winter clothing and boots
This will help your Corgi the most to adapt to cold weather since such clothing makes the dog feel summery. I already explained about this topic in one of the above sections. Click here to refer to it.
05 – Put a leach on the little Corgi
If your Corgi is not well trained to stay close to you, do not let it off the leash. You can use a longer leash to let the dog feel free to move around though but having it can make sure the dog is ready to get back home right away if it gets too cold.
Of course, with a leash, playing outside can get difficult but until the dog is trained to stick by your side, it is much better to use a leash. After all, It is for the wellbeing of the dog.
06 – Do not venture too far away from home
All dogs are different. Some like coldness and others like warmth. Although Corgis have appropriate physical features to resist winter weather and snow, some of them may still not like such weather or can not handle it that well.
Therefore, it is essential that you stay close to your house because you never know when the dog will feel too cold and require warming up.
So, pay attention to this aspect at least, until your Corgi gets used to snowy weather. Moreover, look out for signs when your dog starts feeling too cold. So that you can take it inside to warm up.
Here are some common signs a Corgi will show when it feels too chilly:
- Trembling, shaking and shivering
- Whining or barking while looking you in the eyes
- Hunched posture
- Change in behavior: the playful Corgi will become anxious or uncomfortable
- Hesitant to keep walking farther or at least the dog will slow down
- Lifting the paw off the icy surface
Corgis love snowy weather since they have physical features such as fluffy double coats to battle the coldness and stay warm.
But at a certain point, the weather may get too cold and I mean bone-chilling cold. So, in that condition, it is much better if the dog has cold-resisting clothing such as a winter jacket and boots.
So, do not forget to dress the dog for the weather.
However, some Corgis might not like snow and its chilliness but these dogs can adapt to different climates so well that they will start liking the snowy environment eventually. It will be an even faster transition if you also help the dog.
All in all, do not worry. Corgis are happy and lively-spirited dogs. As long as they can be bouncy and playful, the weather-changes will not negatively affect them in any significant ways.