Is it ever to cold to tolerate a Labrador swim?
I was running through the park the other day, and saw a girl let her lab stale the leash to play fetch. He proceeded to bolt into a pond that was not quite frozen yet, but be likely very cold. The girl actually agree to him swim in there for a few minutes before dragging him out. I be just wondering if it's safe to permit them swim when it's getting close to freezing. (it was in the low 40s or so)
1. A longish-short coat (as in, its short but not as short as a Boxer or a Doberman's coat.)
2. A thicker fat covering than most other dogs. Thats the reason they tend to put on weight easier than other dogs.
3. A somewhat oily coat.
If you want a dog to work within freezing conditions, a Newfoundland is a better choice than a Labrador, or a cross of these two breeds to get the good lab working skills. (I know you're not asking about a working dog, but for other people)
I wouldn't permit the dog stay in too long in freezing water. He should also be dried past its sell-by date when he comes out and kept moving.
Their coat is built to protect them from cold water. A short swim shouldn't hurt.
My Dads Hunting dogs would jump surrounded by a almost frozen lake for hours to retrieve for him.
They absolutely love it. We enjoy a lake on our property too that they play in, in the winter when it 25degrees external.
They are a hearty breed that never cease to amaze me! ;D
We used to have a retriever that would jump off the massive rime flows on the shore of the lake into the water in mid January when the warmth was about -20 F and he loved it.
Water can bring on hypothermia even in the hardiest of dogs.
The dog contained by your particular case was probably fine but extremes of cold & drizzly can get even to dangerous for Labradors.
Dogs also can get frostbitten toes.
a short swim, not bad. they love it and hold protection and are meant for it unlike us. if you went swimming, in that might be a problem. but maybe 5 minutes then get them dried up, or agree to them run around and get warm. excersize is a necessity after all.