It depends on the dog.
If you find your dog is shivering often in the cold, then by all means get him/her a coat. If he/she is not bothered by the weather then chances are you won't need one.
In case you need bootie:I was going to start a new thread to ask this, but then figured it's kinda similar to this one, so wondered if I could just pop in and ask? (apologies OP!)
When we walk Kasper in the woods, he goes splashing in the water. He's a Springer x Collie, it's winter here but not too cold, we've had scatterings of snow a few times...I don't have to keep him out of the water do I?! He's never acted cold (shivering, slowing down etc), he gets treats intermittantly on the walk, and dried when he gets back...and usually plonks himself infront of the fire too
I've read quite a few books and sites but don't know what to believe...a few have even said if it's remotely icy or snowy outside I need to put boots on Kasper's feet...because that would go down well!!
If I should be starting a new thread for this, just let me know
I put a coat on Marty when it raining or snowing heavy as his fur get mattedI've been looking around for a dog coat for my new westie but I just dont know if there is any point, Can anyone sway me one way or the another?
I tried to put boots on my poodle so he would not get ice melt on his paws and he wanted nothing to do with wearing boots! I think it best to get a dog to use to wearing boot as a puppy. I did get my condo to stop using the toxic ice melt and that helped my dog. My last dog was black and I thought it would be great it there was some coat to put on him in summer so he would not get so hot!I'd keep him out of the water. Wet feet get colder a lot easier than dry feet. My dogs are fine outside in the -40 weather if their feet are dry*, but tend to freeze up if they step in a puddle in just-below freezing water.
As for when to put boots on, it depends on the dog. I don't bother unless it's the powdery snow that gets between paws or if it's near freezing and more slushy stuff. It also depends on the dog. I put boots on the boys more often than I do for Tesla simply because she can handle the cold better.
The feet seem to be the first thing that gets cold and you can generally tell because they pull the feet up close to their body. When that happens I'd get them inside asap - putting boots on after they are already cold doesn't seem to work. Oh, and it you have boots on, don't let them jump in snow banks and get snow inside the boots. It can melt, get the paws wet and then get you in trouble.
*only when they keep moving and the windchill is low, otherwise they get cold quickly.