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Old 04-02-2010, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dumb coat color question..

SO Bernie gets hot extremely quick outside, I mean it is not even in the 70's yet and he is panting and cant deal with the weather. Since he is dark brindle can that be one of the causes as to why he gets so hot so fast? He is also half bully so he does not have the longest muzzle as well, I started cutting back a little bit on his food to get him in a little bit better shape thinking that this could help. I avoid any work in mid day, I do stuff with him in the afternoon after I get back from work but the second we got ouside his tongue is out..

Another question I am about to buy cowhides for the poles do they really work and make the dogs crazy for them or is it only on some dogs? lol I just dont want to spend big bucks on something only my chihuahua is going to enjoy lol thanks in advance happy weekend everyone
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Good question!I'm curious as well.I've always wondered if the darker colored dogs got hot quicker then the lighter colored ones.I'll be watching the answers on this one.
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My black dogs have no extra issues than the light dogs. However the short muzzeled dogs do.

It takes time to get your dog use to a hide. Some dogs are all over it, some dogs are not sure about it.

They still have fur and so like my animals they have to think about it since they know biting fuzzy things is not allowed around here lmao. A few of my dogs took to it a loved it. Others will not touch it.
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SO Bernie gets hot extremely quick outside, I mean it is not even in the 70's yet and he is panting and cant deal with the weather. Since he is dark brindle can that be one of the causes as to why he gets so hot so fast? He is also half bully so he does not have the longest muzzle as well, I started cutting back a little bit on his food to get him in a little bit better shape thinking that this could help. I avoid any work in mid day, I do stuff with him in the afternoon after I get back from work but the second we got ouside his tongue is out..

Another question I am about to buy cowhides for the poles do they really work and make the dogs crazy for them or is it only on some dogs? lol I just dont want to spend big bucks on something only my chihuahua is going to enjoy lol thanks in advance happy weekend everyone
IMO coat color has a HUGE singnificance, My Rottie can go up and down the carpeted stairs like crazy... when he starts getting a bit bored I bust out the laser light and he does double time... but on a sunny day ( even if its about 60-70 degrees) after only 20 minutes of walking he's knocked out and would never consider sitting or laying anyhere where there is no shade. ( but now i wonder, is he tired or does he just LOOK tired because of the panting....hmmm)

I honestly dont understand how they made the evolutionary cut.
Strong... yes
Intelligent... defnitely
Temperament.. easy to train
but if their coat does not allow them to be out in the sun for long, and it's not thick enough to remain outdoors in winter ( or at least I never tried ), how did they make it?
I would assume man has kept them sheltered these past thousands of years ( Rotties and man go WAYYYYYY back) after seeing their usefulness.

Ok, so I have already established that in my novicre opinion coat color makes a huge difference by observing my own Rottweilerexercising indoors and on cloudy days compared to sunny days where the temperature is not very high)

I have been independently studying thermal conductivity this last year and , for instance the color white ( ...d*mn i knew i bookmarked the graph but i can not find it)

..anyhoo it would have shown you the huge difference in solar heat absorption of white vs. black, although this was mainly for the purposes of thermal mass and passive solar energy, you would have understood the significance, I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

As for the muzzle size, you are correct about that as well, big difference.

also keep in mind this is the beginning of the spring, i myself was hot enough to go inside and stay out of the sun for a moment today and it barely reached 70, if this were in September toward the end of the summer, i would welcome the coolness of the 70 degrees.. Its been a long cold winter ( dont care about records, every winter is a cold long one), it takes some getting used to, for him as well as you. more heat, more activity- all of it bearing down in a short period of time. next time make him a nice gin and tonic on ice, dont forget the lime.

as for the cowhide...only one way to find out, isnt there? My Rottie goes nuts for the laser pointer, my pit is only mildly amused by it. just got to see. my pit would sell me out for a nice ham bone with bits of meat attached, my rottie , im guessing prefers more Kosher meals. Oy Vey!

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ok. let me get more scientific with my opinion.

if you touch a white wall and a black wall that has been exposed to sunlight the black ( or darker wall is warmer. why is this?
Dark colors are better absorbers of light, and as a result they become better radiators of heat. An object is black because it absorbs all wavelengths of light upon it, and reflects none. When a black or dark-colored object absorbs light in this manner, the energy contained in the light does not disappear, it actually raises the energy of the dark-colored object itself. While the dark object does not reflect the wavelengths of energy it receives, it does emit the energy back as longer-wavelength infrared energy, or heat. Thus, the darker colored an object is, the better it absorbs energy, and in turn the better radiator of heat energy it becomes.

now if you were to look through infrared opticals at a dog, the dog itself would not only be warm colored, you would see a thin layer of warm hair surrounding the dog. this hair is radiating from his body, not just his coat, but his entire body... yet , when he has darker colored hair, the dark hair raises the energy ( heat ).

another factor though, is luminescence. but would a dull coat really contribute that much more as opposed to a shiny coat, i dooubt it.Tyson is about as shiny as they come, and the sun still make a big difference on him, but perhaps it wont hurt to be nice and shiny. Everyone always comments on Tysons coat and ask me how it became that way.

I say for one, genetics.
two, hes young, we all shine in our youth
three I brush and comb him every day ( ok, some days i miss it)
four, almost every time we go out, i spray him with a 10% distilled white vinegar 90% water solution. Keeps him shiny and keeps most insect away. He has learned to love it beacuse he knows he will be going outside when I spray him down.
Maybe this helps him cool off a bit as well, dont know, if only he could speak....

I am digressing agian, where was I?
...who cares, my girlfriend is giving me the evil eye, let me snuggle up on the couch next to her and watch this movie...
gotta go

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