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Do dogs prefer their water to be: cold, warm or at room temperature?

Posted on Apr 04, 2010 under Best Dog Water Bowl | 9 Comments

I’ve seen a bowl that heats the dogs water in a pet store and I was just wondering what do they prefer. Do they like cold water than warm? Warm water than cold? Or do they prefer the water to stay at room temperature? What does your dog like best?

Not real sure about anyone else dogs but my dogs LOVE cold water. I put ice cubes in their bowl everytime I put water in it. they LOVE it!

  • Pets can drink
    straight from the stream. 
  • New pre-filter reduces cleaning maintenance, and wear and
    tear. 
  • Built-in 1 gallon reservoir makes refills less frequent.
  • Dishwasher safe prevents melting and damage.
  • The Drinkwell Fountain is designed, approved, and
    recommended by veterinarians, particularly for pets prone to urinary
    tract disorders. 

add: you didn’t mention rather or not the heated bowl was for outside use… it would make sense for a heated water bowl if it was for outdoors…to keep their water from freezing in the winter.

9 Responses to “Do dogs prefer their water to be: cold, warm or at room temperature?”

  1. Hello :-p Says:

    All dogs that I’ve ever given water to seem to love it when it’s ice cold with some ice cubes in there.

    I’ve never seen a dog who doesn’t appreciate ice water.
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  2. Brett B Says:

    theyre dogs, they dont care.
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  3. Come on already November 10th! Says:

    Not real sure about anyone else dogs but my dogs LOVE cold water. I put ice cubes in their bowl everytime I put water in it. they LOVE it!

    add: you didn’t mention rather or not the heated bowl was for outside use… it would make sense for a heated water bowl if it was for outdoors…to keep their water from freezing in the winter.
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    owned by 7 furbabies :)

  4. Jamie Says:

    When i first read your question I thought you meant for a bath but after reading the extended question I think you’re talking about a drinking bowl. I have 2 dogs and we give them room temperature water. If we give them cold water they tend to rub their noses with the front paws. I wouldn’t give them warm or hot water though because dogs drink to rehydrate and/or to cool down, so warm water wouldn’t help them cool down.
    On really hot days, I just put about 6 ice cubes in their bowl (depends on how big the bowl is) and that cools the water down but not enough to make them rub their noses.
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  5. Iggy's Little Demon Rules Says:

    Regular dog bowls, stainless steel so they dont hold any bacteria in them..

    and cold water is best with clean refills 3-4 times a day if possible filled with ice cubes….all my dogs love the cold water……and the ice cubes keep the water nice and cool for hours.

    give it year round, not just in the summer months.

    the heated bowls, you are wasting your money, dogs love cold water best….if water is heated or warm, a lot of dogs wont drink the water at all…
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  6. beccawee Says:

    they like it cold, but if they are thirsty, they will drink it any temp. the heated bowls are probably intended for outside dogs that live in freezing climates to keep the water from freezing.
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  7. -Ponto The Red Nose Pitbull- Says:

    My Pit Bull LOVES ice water, but only because he loves ice…He will just eat the ice then drink water. My beagle mix likes room temp. she wont drink it if its warm or if its cold…I love my dogs.
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  8. Drew Says:

    the purpose for the heated bowl is to keep the water from freezing in the winter if the bowl is outside or someplace else where it isnt heated… similar concept to the trough heaters you can get for farm animals at places like tractor supply company..really they are quite pointless the rest of the year round
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  9. Crazy Horse Says:

    I guess it depends on the dogs. My pups like room temp water while my adult dogs like ice cubes. I have one dog, the momma dog, who likes to stand in the water bowl, which is why they have two.

    Hi Megan.
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  • New pre-filter reduces cleaning maintenance, and wear and tear. 
  • Built-in 1 gallon reservoir makes refills less frequent.
  • Dishwasher safe prevents melting and damage.
  • The Drinkwell Fountain is designed, approved, and recommended by veterinarians, particularly for pets prone to urinary tract disorders. 


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