Can Border Collies Sleep Outside In Winter?

Photo of a black and white Border Collie running in the snow.

Many people may be wondering whether or not can Border Collies sleep outside in winter. After all, it is a common question that many dog owners have.

Border Collies can tolerate cold weather because their coats help protect them from it, and they can sleep outside. However, it is essential to remember that every dog is different, and some may not be as tolerant of the cold weather as others.

If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, it’s best to keep your Border Collie inside most of the time. If you let them sleep outside in these conditions, ensure they have plenty of shelter or a warm bedding area. 

The most important thing is to ensure your Border Collie has plenty of water if they are sleeping outside. They will need to stay hydrated.

All in all, it is perfectly fine for a Border Collie to sleep outside in winter as long as you take the proper precautions.

Below, we will discuss the best ways to keep your Border Collie safe and warm while sleeping outdoors.

Are Border Collies indoor or outdoor dogs?

Border Collies are versatile dogs that can do well both indoors and outdoors. However, they are typically considered to be more of an outdoor dog breed. This is because they were originally bred to be working dogs on farms and ranches.

Should a Border Collie sleep outside?

The answer to this question depends on the individual dog. Some Border Collies may be perfectly fine sleeping outside, while others may not do as well. It is important to consider your dog’s personality and tolerance to cold weather when making the decision.

When can a Border Collie sleep outside?

In general, a Border Collie can sleep outside as long as the weather is safe and comfortable for the dog. However, it’s important to acclimate your Border Collie to sleeping outside gradually since they typically prefer to be indoors with their family

How cold is too cold for Border Collies?

The coldest temperature at which a Border Collie can be comfortable is about 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). If it’s colder than that, they’ll start to shiver, and their body will begin to conserve energy by slowing down their heart rate and metabolic rate.

Do Border Collies need snow boots?

No, Border Collies do not need snow boots. They are bred to withstand cold weather and can walk on snow without any trouble. However, if you are concerned about your dog’s feet getting cold or even ice burn, you can always put some booties on them.

How to keep a Border Collie warm when sleeping outside?

If you choose to let your Border Collie sleep outside, you can do a few things to help them stay warm.

  • Provide them with a dog house or some other type of shelter.
  • Use a heated dog bed or pad.
  • Place a blanket or towel over them.
  • Make sure they have access to plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Give them extra food to help them generate body heat.


Overall, it is perfectly fine for a Border Collie to sleep outside in winter as long as you take the proper precautions, such as shelter and a warm bedding area.

Just make sure to take these precautions to keep your furry friend safe and warm during those cold winter nights!

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Andre Neves

Hi, I'm Andre and I'm the owner of Sula the Border Collie. I love writing about this amazing dog breed here. I joined the Council to be able to reach and educate more people on the joy of having a pet dog.