How Cold is Too Cold for a Pitbull? 

By Britt Kascjak

Some dog breeds have thick insulating coats to help them survive the colder weather. But, the same can’t be said for the Pitbull.

Pitbulls aren’t made for colder winter temperatures.

If you live somewhere that’s known for cold and snow, don’t fret. There are steps that you can take to keep your Pitbull warm and comfortable in any weather!

What Temperature is Too Cold for a Pitbull?

The best temperature for a Pitbull is going to depend on a few factors. This includes his age, how long he’s in the cold, and what cold weather gear he’s equipped with.

A healthy adult Pitbull can stay outside with no gear for short periods at 40F. But, anything lower is too cold.

If your Pitbull is a young puppy or a senior dog, temperatures below 50F are too low.

Of course, other factors can impact your Pitbull’s body temperature. Windy or wet weather can cause him to get older even faster.

Do Pitbulls Get Cold at Night?

Whether your Pitbull will be cold at night depends on where he is sleeping. Even indoors, dogs with short coats like the Pitbull can get chilly.

Make sure your Pitbull’s bed is set up in a warmer spot in the home.

You can also help to keep him warm by offering a cozy blanket to curl up in. Or, if you are open to your Pitbull sleeping in your bed, you can always curl up and share some body heat!

How to Keep a Pitbull Warm in the Winter

If you do share your heart and home with a Pitbull, there are steps you can take to keep him warm.

Heated Dog House

For Pitbulls that do need to be outside for whatever reason, consider investing in a heated dog house.

This will ensure your pit bull always has a warm place to retreat to.

Within the heated house, you can set up a comfortable bed for him to curl up in.

Heated Dog Bed

Speaking of dog beds, you can also buy a heated dog bed or blanket for your pitbull.

There are options available both for inside and outside.

Be careful to keep the appropriate covers on the bed. Heating pads that aren’t properly covered can lead to burns and injuries.

Avoid Windows or Drafts

When choosing a place in your home for your pitbull’s bed, pay attention to any drafts.

These can come from windows or doorways that let a little cool air in. But, that cool air can create an uncomfortable place for your pit bull to sleep.

Choose a spot that is away from doors and windows, and protected from any drafts in the house.

Winter Coat

For any walks or outdoor adventures, consider outfitting your pitbull with a winter coat.

Like our coats, this is a warm and insulated option.

You can also buy winter dog boots to keep your Pitbull’s feet warm and cozy regardless of the weather.

Pay Attention to Water

One factor that is often overlooked is your pitbull’s water during the colder months.

To stay healthy, your pitbull should always have fresh water available. But, in the colder weather, that water may freeze over.

Change your pitbull’s water regularly and consider the use of a heated bowl outdoors.

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.