Due to being a larger breed with thick coats, our beloved golden retrievers can tolerate cold weather pretty well. It can get too cold even for them. But how cold is too cold for a golden?
There are a few factors to focus on.
Golden retrievers can tolerate cold weather between 45°F and 90°F. Thanks to their double-layerd coat that keeps them warm during the colder seasons, golden retrievers have a higher tolerance for coldness than some other dog breeds. That does not mean that they should be in extremely cold temperatures for more than 30 minutes at a time, because that could lead to serious health problems for your dog.
After being in the cold, make sure to always wipe your dog’s paws, especially if they were walking on snow. If their paws are wet it could lead to blisters.
Make sure your golden isn’t limping, excessively licking of their feet, or has an appearance of redness on their skin. All of these could be a reaction to bacteria and cold-causing viruses.
In general, cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45° F, at which point it is suggested for your dog to be wearing a winter coat and even some snow boots.