Wintertime is setting in and for those of us who live in the mountains, we start thinking of that nice warm fire, heavier clothing and making our preparations for snow storms, ice and power failures.

Bulldogs cannot tolerate much cold. They love the snow and would stay out as long as we do; but, please, keep in mind that little bully toes can become frost bitten, and their short-haired coats do not offer much protection from the cold temperatures. Fifteen minutes is about the maximum time you should let your bulldog stay outside and this is only if the ground is not iced. Never let your dog outside if the temperature falls below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in temperatures above freezing, your dog can become hypothermic if there is wind and rain.

The temperature in their sleeping quarters should never be below 50 degrees and they do love a warm blanket to snuggle with !

If you suspect your bully has become chilled and possibly suffering from hypothermia bring him into a warm area and take his temperature. If his temperature is below 98 degrees Fahrenheit, warm him carefully and check his temperature every 5 to 10 minutes. Keep him warm by covering him with a blanket even when his temperature returns to normal, and call your veterinarian.