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Question by Mariah
Submitted on 12/13/2003
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Can you take young chihuahuas outside in the snow if its 20 degrees or higher?

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 12/16/2003
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Under four months old, I wouldn't unless they were bundled up.  I live in Minnesota, so I've had experience in this.  Both mine are short-haired.  BTW, they are both litter-box trained using clumping cat litter, so they don't have to go outside unless they want to.

My 3 pound cream and tan with a sparse coat will go if she knows she's going straight into the car.  My 5 pound black and tan with a heavier coat likes it, at least for a while.  Both were acquired in the dead of winter and their little pads didn't touch the outside ground until it was warm enough for me to go barefoot.

When I open the door, one goes out, the other is asked if she wants to, sometimes she goes out and sometimes she turns around and goes back in.  I go by that.


Answer by Willa
Submitted on 12/19/2003
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Thank You for asking this question Mariah. I wanted to ask this question. It snowed and I was too afraid to take my little Chalupa outside. I just let her use the paper. When I walked my larger dogs in the yard I had little Lupa under my coat where she stayed warm but could see what the other dogs were doing. She wants to be like the big dogs but I don't want her to catch cold so I leave her inside when it rains and snow or is very cold.


Answer by bellarose
Submitted on 1/12/2004
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Please remember that shorthair chihuahuas have hairless bellys. There is a very real danger of frostbite if you allow them to run around in the snow, it can occur in as little as five minutes in 20` weather.


Answer by cortney
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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When I had to go on a family trip, I brought my chi with me.  But first I went to Petsmart and got little booties and a couple sweaters to bundle him up in.  He was fine, but he stayed inside of my jacket most of the time.  He did not enjoy snow at all!


Answer by chiluver
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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ya chi's dont seeem to enjoy cld wether at all my friend once had one and she alowed it to do out in the snow and 20 minutes later she came back his whole leg was frost bitten they had to get it amputated


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