No. Although it will depend on: the breed and size of dog (dog's size compared to relative size of house), its age and overall health, what type of bedding you use in the house (straw, heated mat, etc.), how much other wind and other protection you provide from the elements, and, in some cases, what the dog is fed (usable caloric intake). In Nebraska, with few exceptions, it gets too cold in the winter for dogs to be safely left outside during our extreme heat and cold conditions. While a dog with a lot of coat that is genetically disposed to cold weather (i.e., Husky or Malamute) may be more tolerant of severe cold weather, these same dogs are generally heat intolerant. Any dog may experience frostbite on extremities in freezing conditions. Very young dogs (generally, under one year of age) and senior dogs are less tolerant of extremes in temperature especially when they occur in short periods of time. (In Nebraska we can see temps vary from 30 to 40 degrees in 24 hours!) Dogs with arthritis and conditions such as hip dysplasia will suffer in extreme temperatures. I know that many people do leave their dogs outside in various types of structures. Personnally, I wouldn't because I have invested time and money in training, feeding, and vetting my dogs (not to mention love and attention!) and the risk of leaving them exposed to the elements and potentially shortening their life and functionality is a risk I'm not willing to take. If this is your only option, consider placing the dog house in a (ventilated) garageb, or barn, and using a lot of hay in it to further insulate the dog.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
It would be with the addition of a door, heater and pad. There are some great heaters for the interior of the dog houses that have thermostats and keep it at a reasonable temperature for the dogs. Without adding a heater and a good pad, No. The R value is about a 5.1 from what I read. There is also an electric heated bed specially shaped for this dog house. But this dog house alone will not be adequate shelter for a dog outside in Ohio's winters.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago