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Hi! We have an 8 month old Akita - obviously a breed meant for generally colder climates - and yet we live in Salvador, Brazil - a city with a considerably tropical, humid climate with no real change in season. We acquired our little buddy during the hotter months, and though he was a much younger puppy at the time and might have just been adjusting in general, he slept a good portion of the daytime and even had rapid, panting breathing for a good chunk of our first few months together. Hes much better now, and we made several adjustments and purchases to help him through those hotter times which we believe we now have a good handle on, but now we are in our winter-months, which, although is not in any way a "cold" season, is indeed considerably cooler, with a significant temperature drop relative to a few months ago. During the day, the heat is still quite prevalent, and he still tends to avoid the hottest areas of our house; however, at night, the temperature (for me, as a foreigner from the US) is quite perfect, while my wife (a local) might as well be living in Alaska. My question is, as an Akita, does he experience this relative temperature drop as the locally-born Brazilian dog he is, and thus need to be warmed accordingly? Or does his genetics and warm fur essentially make the temperature change irrelevant? My wife seems to think the former, and since he generally refuses to sleep in his (or our) bed, instead opting for the colder tile flooring, she is insisting on working in some blankets or pajamas (yes, for an Akita) into his nighttime routine. If im wrong, im wrong, but Id like to get some outside perspective on the matter...
 

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Edit: For fear of not giving my wifes perspective its due diligence, I should elaborate, her concern is not merely with the temperature but, more specifically, with the cold panel flooring, as she believes it can cause problems with his blood-flow
 

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Hello! If the concern is the cold floor, it might not be a bad idea to put down a blanket or pad for him to lie on, but if he prefers the tile, it may be because it's cooler and feels good to him. Unless he's shivering or acting cold, he won't need extra blankets or anything to keep him warm. As you said, he's a cold weather dog with a double coat that is plenty capable of keeping him warm if the weather is a bit cool. :)
 

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You definitely don't need to warm your Akita.
My Akita starts to become active below 10°C (50°F), best is when snow is falling. He would love to roll up in the snow and sleep there if possible.
At the moment I've 23°C (76°F) and he sleeps on a cooling pad in front of a fan.
My dog never wants to sleep in my bed, he just don't wants to be that close when sleeping, to warm. He also only sleeps in hi's bed when it's below 20°C (68°F) but still then he often preferes a cooler and harder underground.
Don't think about warm up an Akita, better think about cooling him. You can start thinking about warming him when it's below -20°C ;) (-4°F !)
 
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