Most dogs can keep themselves warm but older dogs have difficulty with that thanks to slower metabolisms and will require other means of keeping warm. Dogs are companions that are always happy to see us and to keep any pet is to accept the responsibilities of their well-being and ensuring that they are fed as they become entirely reliant upon us for their continued longevity. Pets that used to an indoor environment are more susceptible to the effects of the cold when taken outside, such as in the case of frostbite or hypothermia. Some people like to get different kinds of garments for their pets but that sometimes hinders their own abilities and comfort.
Cold weather hits dogs just as hard as it hits us except that they don’t know how to tell us. It’s up to us to ensure that we provide them the means to both cool down when things are too hot and the means to warm up when things are too cold. Some breeds of dogs don’t cope well with certain environments, some aren’t good with the heat and some aren’t good with the cold. Dogs are more often kept outside as to prevent them from getting too rowdy. Full grown dogs of certain breeds can be difficult to control and rough with our interior furnishings.
But to leave them outside during winters when they have no way of protecting themselves is cruel but they aren’t allowed inside every household either. Look for alternative means to keep them warm like heated dog beds or dog houses that provide them shelter while they live outside. Be sure to take them out regularly for walks and give them the attention they would give to you when you need it. It’s only fair to give as much as you take after all.