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Best Dog Breeds to Live in Heat and Humidity

April 19th, 2021

It’s known that not all dog breeds are suited for every climate. Florida’s heat  and humidity can make some breeds feel rather uncomfortable. If you’re new  to the area  and considering a new dog, here are some suggestions from

Chihuahua: This breed originally hails from the deserts of Mexico, so they will make a perfect companion during hot summer days. Their short coats, small stature, and big ears make them pros at reducing their body temperature  and hardly noticing the heat.

Afghan Hound:  Completely comfortable in the heat, the breed feature sand a single coat of long hair, which helps keep them cool  and protected from the sun.

Australian Cattle Dog: These hard-working dogs are used to running around for hours in the heat. Cattle dogs will make great playmates for summer fun  and games. Even though they have a double coat, the layers help keep them cool in the summer and warm when it cools down.

Great Dane: These loveable giants will be happy  to spend all day lounging, whether on the couch or in the sun. With short fur  and low body fat percentage, Great Danes are comfortable being outdoors  and will be your companion at the pool or beach without worry.

Italian Greyhound: These dogs fare well in warm weather for similar reasons as the Great Dane, but they are a fraction of the size. If you’re looking for a lapdog that will love the heat, look no further than these lovable dogs.

Golden Retriever: America’s favorite breed is up for any activity no matter what the temperature. These dogs are known  to love swimming  and would love  to visit the beach or river on a hot summer day.

Chinese Crested: These dogs have either very short fur or almost none at all – which makes cooling off a breeze. However, they can get sunburns too, so before a long outing, apply sunblock to their exposed skin.

If you’re already a dog owner who lives in Florida, don’t worry! You can adopt some measures  to keep your friend safe  and healthy! For example, when planning for extended playtime in the summer, be sure  to bring bowls  and water  and set time aside for lots of breaks  to prevent any heat-related injuries. Signs  to watch out for are excessive panting, bright red tongue, pale or white gums, difficulty breathing, vomiting,  and increased heart rate. If you have any concerns, take your dog straight  to the vet for proper treatment.

Be especially mindful about brachycephalic dogs such as Pugs, French Bulldogs,  and Boxers who have a reduced ability to regulate their body temperature because of their flat faces. The way they are bred also tends  to cause breathing difficulties  and can lead  to heat stroke even from short walks if the weather is hot enough. Dark coated dogs, no matter the breed, will have a harder time keeping cool in the sun. Dark fur traps heat  and could make heatstroke a larger concern. If you own any of these breeds, be sure  to be alert  and look for any signs of distress, and be ready  to react according. Keep in mind that no matter how well a breed might be suited for heat, overheating  and heat stroke are a real risk  and can be fatal.

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