Heat Tolerant Dogs

Well PetParents, spring has sprung, and summer is sneaking ever-closer. As the temperatures soar and it becomes scorching out each day, are you looking for the most heat tolerant dogs to spend your summer days with?

1. Chihuahua

The breed originated in Mexico, so they’re quite tolerant of heat. A small breed, many Chihuahua’s have short haired coats in lighter colors which helps keep them cool.

2. Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are actually known to hate the cold, and really enjoy basking in the sun. The breed has an attraction to warmth and many are spoiled by their owners- wearing jackets and sweaters around.

3. Pharaoh Hound 

This breed originated in the deserts of Egypt, so their heritage gives them a distinct advantage in heat tolerance. In fact, they’re known to get overly cold if not kept in the right environment. This breed is a sight hound that originated over 5,000 years ago and would hunt with the kings and pharaohs of Egypt for long trips.

4. Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pincher is a lean, muscular dog who is best known for his protection/guard dog role. These dogs do not appreciate the cold, and are noted to be heat loving, ready to work no matter the conditions.

5. Vizsla 

Here’s yet another breed with thin skin and short hair who is quite tolerant of the heat. Vizsla’s do best living indoors because they form strong attachments to their family, but are ready for a day long adventure with you.

6. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Ridgebacks originated in Africa where they were both protectors of the home and hunters of big game. These dogs have incredible distance endurance as well as heat tolerance.

7. Ibizan Hound

Have you ever heard of this breed? They originated on the Balaeric Islands and and one of the oldest breeds-along with Pharaoh hounds and a few others. With a strong prey drive, these dogs have no problem running, chasing and frolicking in the heat.

As responsible PetParents, please remember to never leave your dogs in the car in the warmers months. Even if all four windows are cracked, there is not enough air flow to maintain cool interior temperatures. You may think you’ve thought ahead when you parked your car in the shade, but shadows move with the sun and your dog could be left out in the open, exposed. They’re better off at home! 


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