Can Corgis Stay Outside in The Cold? (Explained)

Can Corgis Stay Outside in The Cold

Corgis can stay in the cold thanks to their tough double fur coats that let them handle temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They might feel a bit of discomfort, but it doesn’t stop their eagerness to play outside.

In this article, we’ll explore Corgi cold tolerance, how long they can stay out in chilly conditions. From knowing when it’s too cold to head out on a walk to understanding their double coat of fur, you’ll learn everything needed to keep your Corgi content all winter long.

Corgis in the Cold

Corgis generally love cooler weather as it’s easier on their thick double coat (which they can’t take off other than when they shed their undercoat twice a year!).

They are therefore largely happy dogs in the cold – in fact, you can often see Corgis rolling in snow and playfully sticking their snouts into it, as long as the snow isn’t too deep for their stunted legs. If the snow levels are higher than their bellies, Corgis will still enjoy playing out in it, but they will tend to tire out quicker since they’ll be hopping and bounding about in the snow.

Because of their dense double coat, it means that rain and melted snow takes longer to penetrate their skin, so they can remain comfortable during most walks and outdoor play without risking illness.

While your Corgi can withstand colder temperatures, an over exposure to the cold will take its toll on their bodies, their coat and their overall health, so it’s important to take care when you take your Corgi out for winter walks and watch out for the warning signs when the cold has become too much for them (these signs are listed further down if you want to check them out).

Corgi Cold Tolerance

Designed for Life in Wales

  • Originally bred as herding dogs in Wales, Corgis adapted to the climate.
  • The wiry, medium-length outer coat is rain-resistant and rugged.
  • The dense, short undercoat acts as insulation.

So in terms of coat and build, Corgis are structurally suited for brisk, wet conditions.

Factors Impacting Cold Tolerance

  • Age: Puppies and seniors are more vulnerable to the cold.
  • Health: Illness, injuries, or medical conditions may decrease cold tolerance.
  • Body Condition: Obese or underweight Corgis may have difficulty regulating body temperature.
  • Acclimatization: Gradual exposure to the cold allows dogs to build insulation and stamina.

Corgis are best able to handle the cold when:

  • Fully grown adults under 7 years old
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Regularly conditioned and acclimated
  • Fed a nutritious diet

Proper care makes a significant difference in cold hardiness.

Is My Corgi Weatherproof?

Yes, Corgis double coats are essentially weatherproof, since their inner coat is water-resistant and their outer coat helps to repel dirt so they can withstand many weather conditions.

Corgis have a double coat that provides insulation from cold and wet:

  • The inner coat is short, thick, and soft to keep them warm.
  • The outer coat is medium in length, coarse, and water-resistant.

Their coat acts as natural insulation and is most effective when left unshaven and untrimmed.

Short Legs, Long Body

The Corgi’s unique physical proportions help conserve body heat:

  • Their short legs minimize heat loss from their extremities.
  • Their long body provides a large surface area to retain warmth.
  • Their small stature allows them to stay warmer closer to the ground.

How Cold is Too Cold for Your Corgi?

Your Corgi will be comfortable with temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

When Temps Dip Below Freezing

Once the mercury dips below 32°F (0°C), exposure risks increase:

  • Bring a coat, sweater or dog booties to retain body heat.
  • Watch closely for shivering, lifting paws, or seeking warmth.
  • Immediately head inside if signs of discomfort appear.

Avoid Anything Below 20°F (-6°C)

Temperatures lower than 20°F (-6°C) can quickly become dangerous:

  • Dress pups in insulated dog jackets and foot protection.
  • Check paws frequently for ice build up or injury.
  • Cut walks short at the first sign of shivering or discomfort.

Never Leave Corgis Out Below 0°F (-18°C)

Anything below 0°F (-18°C) is too cold for pups to be outside for more than a couple minutes to potty.

  • Only take them out long enough to do their business, then right back inside.
  • At this temperature, exposed skin can freeze in minutes. Frostbite is a real risk.

How Long Can Corgis Stay in the Cold?

Around Freezing – 30 Minutes Max

When temperatures are right around the freezing point of 32°F (0°C), limit time outside to 30 minutes or less at a time.

20°F to 30°F (-6°C to -1°C) – 15 Minutes Max

In more bitter temperatures from 20-30°F (-6 to -1°C), restrict outdoor time to 15 minutes or less per outing.

10°F to 20°F (-12°C to -6°C) – 5 to 10 Minutes Max

When the thermometer dips between 10-20°F (-12 to -6°C), limit time outside to quick potties or 5-10 minute walks.

Below 10°F (-12°C) – 2 to 5 Minutes Max

Once the temperature falls below 10°F (-12°C), it’s too cold for pups to be out for more than a couple minutes at a time.

Do Corgis Like Cold Weather?

Individual Personality Plays a Role

Whether a specific Corgi enjoys cold weather depends on their personality:

  • Some Corgis love romping in the snow and cold temperatures.
  • Others prefer staying cozy inside and dislike being chilled.

Just like people, some Corgis relish winter weather while others hate braving the cold.

Most Prefer “Cool” Over Arctic Cold

The majority of Corgis likely enjoy and are most active in:

  • Cool autumn weather around 50-60°F (10-15°C)
  • Cold but not freezing temps in the 30s°F (-1 to 4°C)

Once temperatures start nearing freezing or dipping below, most want to stay bundled up inside.

While they can tolerate icy conditions, Corgis generally don’t seek out frigid Arctic cold for fun.

Watch Out for Cold Warning Signs

If your Corgi finds the cold hard to bear, he will let you know in the following ways:

  • Shivering or shaking
  • Lifts paws off the ground
  • Seeming anxious/uncomfortable
  • Whining or barking
  • Seeking shelter
  • A hunched posture with a tucked in tail
  • A reluctance to keep walking

Dressing your Corgi in extra measures like a winter jacket or dog boots (more on these below) can help stave off the cold, but not in every case, so be sure to take back to a warm sheltered area if you see them displaying any of these signs.If these signs are left unnoticed, your dog could be at risk of hypothermia (more on this below)

How to Help Your Corgi When it’s Cold?

As well as limiting their exposure to the cold by cutting their daily walks down to one instead of 2 let’s say, you can do all you can to make sure your Corgi keeps warm in the following ways:

  • Turn your home thermostat up
  • Put a warm, fleecy rug/mat near their feeding bowls
  • Get them a thicker bed blanket
  • Dab rainwater and mud off their paw pads to prevent cracks/irritation
  • Get their blood pumping with indoor play/exercise

The colder months should also be the time to up your grooming game – treat them to a little extra TLC by brushing their coat more frequently when it’s cold.

Not only does this improve blood circulation and make them feel a little toastier, but preventing their coat from matting and becoming tangled will protect them against getting skin infections and discomfort as a result of a wild winter coat.

What are Other Dangers from the Cold?

Extreme cold temperatures can sometimes cause your dog to break out in a fever in the same way extreme hot temperatures can. When their body temperature drops dramatically, this can also result in Hypothermia. If your Corgi experiences a fever or hypothermia as a result of prolonged exposure to the cold, he will show signs such as:

  • Lethargy
  • Red eyes
  • Warm ears
  • A warm dry nose
  • Slow breathing
  • Fixed and dilated pupils

If this happens, keep your dog well insulated in a blanket and contact your vet immediately. Hypothermia and fever may eventually cause loss of consciousness, so the sooner you spot the signs of extreme cold in your dog the better.

Exercise During the Winter

You should still be encouraged to take your Corgi out for daily walks in the winter months, but to be on the safe side, their outdoor walks should also be supplemented with plenty of indoor exercise and play to keep them fit.

You could play fetch with them in the hall (once you’ve removed all your valuables from the area of course!) or consider getting an interactive feeder so that even meal times keep them on their toes.

As well as keeping them active with fun games, the colder months are the perfect time to train your Corgi to perform that one trick you’ve been meaning to teach them, or use the time indoors to improve their obedience training with a bit of daily fetch and carry to get them moving.

Caring for Corgis in the Cold

As well as ensuring their immune systems are in top shape with a nutritious balanced diet and regular exercise, you can care for your Corgi in other little ways during the cold snaps.

When you do venture outside, you can keep them extra comfortable with a fleecy dog jacket and specially made dog boots to keep them better insulated – as well as ensuring their paws stay dry and protected from all the rain, snow and mud, your floors will thank you once they come back inside!

As well as treating them to some protective outerwear, it’s a good idea to check in on your Corgi’s internal health too by keeping a dog thermometer handy. Checking your Corgi’s body temperature regularly – especially during those especially bitterly cold days – will help you assess whether to let them outside and for how long.

The average body temperature in a healthy Corgi should read around 101.5 degrees – it can read a degree or two lower than this, but anything lower is a sign to turn up the thermostat and get out the thick dog blanket for their bed.

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