The Havana Silk Dog Association of America

National Parent Club of the Havana Silk Dog breed

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Havana Silk Dogs are so lovable that HSDAA breeders and pet owners all agree that Silks are the perfect dog for almost every household.

The HSDAA has breeders all across the country, click here to find a happy heathy havana silk dog puppy today.

Winterizing your Havana Silk Dog

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3 years 1 month ago #1 by Barbara Theisen
The Kailani Silk Dogs will be spending their first full winter in the mountains. I already know that they love snow, but we’ve never spent much time in the snow and the cold.

I’m looking for tips on keeping them warm, healthy and as dry as can be possibly expected when playing outside this winter. We live at a ski resort so we get a LOT of snow!

Does anyone have tips on finding booties that they’ll wear?
Any recommendations for coats that keep the snow off of as much of their coat as possible?

I’d like to collect tips and write an article for the Silk Road.

Thanks!
Barb Theisen
www.KailaniSilks.com

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3 years 1 month ago #2 by Joanne Baldwin
Well, we don't get a great deal of snow in VA and most of the time when we do it's not a real issue. Dry snow doesn't stick to them and many times the snow develops a crust strong enough to hold them up. Because I have dog doors and they come and go at will, I never have tried to 'dress' them up as they just go out and play, come in and thaw and warm up when they wish. The only time winter is a real issue is when we get that wet, sticky, good to build snowmen kind of snow. That will stick to them and form ever enlarging snowballs on their bellies and legs. Once one of my dogs didn't come in and I went out and she was at the bottom of the steps too weighed down to get up the steps. When that kind of snow falls, the Elves are confined to quarters for a while. When it occasionally happens before I realize it, and an abominable Snowsilk comes in, I put her in the sink and melt her free with warm water.

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3 years 1 month ago #3 by Anita & Tom Yeager
I have also heard that people wrap their Snowsilks in a warm towel to melt the snowballs from their bellies.

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3 years 1 month ago #4 by Renee Kuharski
Hi Barb and all,

I have a doggie door that these pups can go in and out of . I do not make them where jackets/boots then, On nasty days I shut the door and they can't go out. We get a lot of snow some winters, but not like the Mtns. do. I walk my dogs a lot so the fleece is great.

So far the best winter dog jacket is one made by "Fido Fleece". I hate to mentiona brand - but I've tried them all. It covers from collar to tail and is a top back velcro closure, so I can slip the harness through it. The fabric is a non-pile fleece. that repels water, snow etc. It covers part of Annie's front legs too. Annie wears a size 12. I have seen them on Amazon. I have tried some others and they are OK for a quick trip on a sunny day, but they don't cover their tummies.

Booties - I am still on the hunt for some that are durable and don't cost a million. So I could use a recommendation as well.

Thank you,
Renee

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3 years 1 month ago #5 by Joanne Baldwin
That's a really good idea...as the towel will absorb the melt, too.

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3 years 1 month ago #6 by Anita & Tom Yeager
Renee, does this jacket allow for male dogs to go pee? Believe it or not, our older bichon gets cold during the FL winters and needs a coat.

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