Why does my dog sleep outside in the cold instead of her box?

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leslie.vickers: My dog sleeps outside in the cold instead of her box, should I be worried?
She’s a 10 month old Norwegian Elkhound and I live in Southern Ohio. Even on the nights that have dipped below 20 degrees F she sleeps on the patio. She even had frost on her fur when I checked on her.

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Answer by alexis88883
Some breeds like the cold. go figure.

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  1. Phil says

    "The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. In a land of subzero temperatures, deep snow, thick forests, and rugged mountains, only the hardiest of the breeds could evolve to perform the variety of jobs at which the Elkhound excels"

    A lot of ancient breeds have not yet come accustomed to the warmth of the human home and prefer the cold. My C. ovcharka is the same … he goes bi-polar on it if we are inside and he wants to be outside in the cold but then doesn't want to be away from us :)

  2. penyak says

    She is just fine.
    Check out Figure 1.9 in the article I've bookmarked which shows the skin temperature of an Eskimo dog in -30 degrees celsius (-22 F). Your dog is probably quite adroit at tucking her nose and paws under when sleeping. Most northern breed dogs love to be with their masters in the house but are best left outside when they choose to be.

  3. dovereleaser says

    She wants to be with you, and since she can't be with you, she is willing to bear 20 degree weather just to be near you. You need to read the story of Greyfriar's Bobby.

    Also, my son rescued a couple of pit puppies in dire straits, and asked me to save their lives. So, I fostered them for him until they were 3 months old, which involved a $ 300 vet bill and some other issues due to malnutrition, then I took them back to him. Only one is alive now, but that's nothing to do with me and another story. It does mean that the other one is alone though. Being the lover of dogs that I am, I provided him a dog house with a nice pad, a heating pad, and an extension cord for bitterly cold nights because he has short hair- and I live 300 miles away and can't check on him daily to see what his needs are. However, when I do go up there, he sleeps on the tiny porch of my mobile or under my truck. He will not sleep at his owner's house (my son). The last time I was up, in November, he again insisted on sleeping on my porch though the temperature was about 20 degrees, I ordered him back down the lane to his doghouse, however, when I opened the door around midnight to let my little dogs that I brought with me out to do their pee business, there he was, shivering on my porch. He's been thrown out of my son's house for going in, so he did not want to come inside mine, but I refused to leave him there to shiver all night and dragged him inside. I pulled him inside each night and let him out each morning. He slept on a pile of old clothes against the door and did not move or make any noise the entire week I was there.

    What's your conclusion? Dogs are pack animals, and they want to be with the people they consider to be their pack leader.

  4. Lane says

    I would bring my dog in the house. If the house seems too hot for the dog because of its heavy furcoat, I would put a blanket on the floor and let it sleep on the floor in a room with the heat turned off in that room. My dog has a heavy fur coat and I turn off the heat and sleep under an electric blanket so my dog does not get too hot in the house. You could fix one room without heat so the dog could saleep in that room.

  5. Yvonne says

    its a box and puppies don't like being in a closed place. When i had a puppy, he did the same thing. try buying him a bed or make one with old clothes. some puppies just prefer the cold so maybe just let the dog be. But i see its really cold maybe try letting her in and keeping her in the cold but indoors.Oh and if you think its normal try letting the puppy on the bed.But if not its totally fine.

    hope my help works and good luck!

  6. marci knows best says

    Even northern breed dogs should be allowed to sleep in the house. Dogs are pack animals and prefer to be kept with their pack – you and your family. If you truly want to bond with the dog, let it sleep in the house.

  7. Eric says

    In Norway, when it gets to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, it is also 20 degrees below Celsius. At that point, school children are not allowed to go outside for recess. When that happens, the children complain about the restriction.

    Norwegian tire chains have claws on them. City buses have ski racks on them, trains have ski racks on them. At this time of year, Oslo has 5 hours, 53 minutes of daylight. OK, let me check that.

    Your dog is Norwegian. He's hot inside the house, and he can't take the sweater off. He wants to pull a sled.

    sunrise, sunset, length of day in Oslo this week.

    Dec 19, 20099:17 AM3:11 PM5h 53m 53s− .
    Dec 20, 20099:18 AM3:12 PM5h 53m 34s− .
    Dec 21, 20099:19 AM3:12 PM5h 53m 25s− .
    Dec 22, 20099:19 AM3:13 PM5h 53m 28s+ .

    Saturday Sunday
    Chance of Snow
    22° F | 12° F

    Partly Cloudy
    21° F | 4° F

    Scattered Clouds
    10° F | -4° F

    13° F | 3° F

    17° F | 6° F

  8. pzkgfw5 says

    She's a Norwegian hunting dog. She comes from the frozen north. Southern Ohio is like the banana belt as far as she is concerned. Let Brunhilde sleep outside in the snow if you have any. She'll love you for it.

  9. rich says

    i wouldn't worry about it. she's a northern breed used to the cold weather. if she were cold she'd let you know and want inside. she's got enough fur on her to keep her warm, but if it still worries you you could just bring her inside. you would be surprised at what a lot of dogs can take.

  10. Due 3/17/10 with Ari says

    I live in Athens Co. Ohio and sometimes my dog digs a hole in the snow and sleeps in that! She has a very thick coat and absolutely loves the cold weather. Make sure you have plenty of straw in your dog box it keeps them nice and toasty. Trust me, if your dog was cold, she'd go in her house.

  11. MamaBas says

    Provided she's well fed, and carrying good weight, this is a breed that can cope with the lowest of temperatures. Obviously when she gets older and if she's unwell you are going to have to bring her in, but having seen similar breeds lying out in the snow, I'd say she'll survive. If you are concerned however, bring her in!!

    Make sure she has a good supply of fresh unfrozen water available if she lives out in those temperatures.

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