I have a 7 month old Blue Heeler. My question is can a blue heeler handle cold weather? We just moved from Texas and he is an outside dog. I now live in New Mexico where it gets cold. He has a dog house but do I need to get him a sweater or something to help him thru the winter here? I don't want him to suffer, but he is not allowed in the house.
He is not going to do as well outside if the temp falls near freezing without some warmth. They make some nice jackets for dogs that are just like the ones made for horses. A flap on the dog house will help keep out drafts, and a really nice bed of straw inside will make a great bed.
He should be allowed to be inside as well as outside. Most herding breeds really love the human companionship.
They can do fine in that temp, they live outside where I grew up and we have -40 often in the winter, plus wind chill. Get a well insulated dog house, what most people I know do is fill their decks with straw bales all around leaving a area big enough for the dog to go in turn around and lay down in, the idea is that the less area the digs body has to keep warm the better. Also make it so that the dog is not laying directly in the door, put the sleeping area off to the side, or around a corner us even better. If it freezes at night where you live you can get heat matts for them as well and a heated water dish would be good as well.
Heelers are considered farm dogs in our area and I don't know too many of the old farmers that let their dogs come inside the house. Your dog will be fine outside as long as you provide him with some.basic necessities - good sturdy thick dog house with straw inside, not too big though - just big enough for him to go in and lay down. Also, like already mentioned a heated waterbowl is really handy.