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It is the end of November in Northeastern Oklahoma, and it is time again to pull our dog houses out of storage and place them in the kennels. After the 15th of November, we often get cold snaps in Oklahoma, which can include several days of freezing rain or even snow. Our Heidelberg shepherds are well equipped to deal with the cold with their correct plush double-coats. Likewise if your shepherd has a correct coat and no health problems, you will probably notice that when you crank up the heater they well probably ask to go outside more often than normal. This is because they have their winter coats on and cannot remove them as we remove our jackets upon entering the house. Fortunately for our shepherds that are inside, my wife and I run a little hot and we keep our thermostat down during winter months.
We place straw in our dog houses in our kennels to provide warm insulation for our shepherds. In addition, their runs are covered to protect against rain and snow. We have found unless our shepherds are wet that they will not use their dog houses even in subzero temperatures. We often have observed that our shepherds prefer to sleep on the snow rather than their well-insulated dog houses.
Therefore, if they can stay dry and out of the wind and your German shepherd is healthy and correctly coated, they comfortably can withstand subfreezing temperatures . Actually you may find that they prefer and are much more comfortable outside during the winter months than they are inside your cozy warm house. Remember to always provide fresh unfrozen water for your shepherd during the winter months because they will get dehydrated almost as quickly as they would in the summer.
If you are considering getting a German shepherd puppy consider getting one of our older puppies and save a little money on some very high quality shepherds.
Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm. We have several wonderful puppies that that are ready to go home.
Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion. Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds