Product Review Lixit Faucet Dog Waterer

So here I am in the middle of Wyoming with four dogs who stay outside while I’m at work. What sort of challenges does this pose? First, keeping water un-frozen in the winter at temperatures down to -10 (any colder and the dogs just get to stay inside, there’s only so much warmth four dogs piled into four feet of bedding in a plywood house can produce). Second, keeping fresh water available in the summer when the temperature is quite often over 100 degrees.

My old Redbone cross (who has been with me for nearly fifteen years now) inspired this purchase. When I was a little 4-Her I used to raise hogs, and this dog decided he must be one of them. He watched the pigs wallow in their mud hole, eat out of their gigantic trough, and drink from their automatic waterer. Finally, he just hopped into the pen and drank with them…that particular waterer operated by biting down on the metal end, great for pigs but I was afraid my dog could hurt his teeth.

Now this particular Redbone is black, and has just enough retriever in him to absolutely adore water of any kind. The result? The large rubber tub we put out for their water often proved too much for him to resist in the heat of summer and he’d hop right in, or “dig” the water out with his front paws so as to splash it all over his belly. So how do you keep water fresh when someone is jumping in and out of it all day?

Enter Lixit dog waterer. This waterer operates on much the same principle as the hog waterer my hound acquainted himself with in his youth, except that one licks the end of this instead of bites it. It took him all of thirty seconds to figure out the difference. It attaches to your outdoor faucet or to the end of your normal garden hose and, when licked, dribbles water out about as fast as it’d come out of a squeeze bottle. The speed at which the water comes out probably varies according to your water pressure, but this is how it works for me.

Unfortunately, it took the other dogs a little longer. Now both of my hounds and the Chesapeake Bay retriever have pretty much mastered the waterer (the Chesapeake still tends to go for the dish most of the time though, possibly because he gets his water faster that way) but the Australian Shepherd/Beagle cross still hasn’t a clue.

The Lixit does leak a little bit, in order to avoid getting the kennel all wet I put a dish below it. Now, the big rubber dish they previously used for water ended up being too big and wouldn’t let the dogs get close enough to drink from the Lixit so I put a smaller one below it, which actually worked better. Now the little Aussie can drink from the “drip dish” without having all the guck from the swimmer in it, and I’ve left the big rubber dish filled in the kennel so my Redbone can still swim.

Now for the other challenge…the Lixit works pretty well in cold weather down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, then it freezes up solid enough the water pressure won’t break the ice. In fact, I do not recommend the Lixit for any temperatures below freezing as this seems to be the point at which it ceases to work reliably. For the winter, I put a submersible stock tank heater into their large rubber dish which seems to work much better than the Lixit because my Redbone never wants to swim in the winter and it stays reliably unfrozen.

To recap, this waterer tends to leak slightly but that is easily handled with a drip dish. The Lixit provides an excellent endless source of water for dogs through the summer heat (and water that’s always cold!), but it does not work well if you are in a place with very cold winters. It can be a little difficult for a dog to learn how to drink out of this waterer, but most of them seem to manage it eventually. I picked up my Lixit for under $5.00 and it is most definitely worth it.