Not all dog breeds are suited for every climate, and the heat and humidity of the Florida Gulf Coast can make some dogs rather uncomfortable. We are not suggesting that you get rid of your beloved family pooch if you move to the Sarasota area. However, if you are looking into getting a dog in the area, you may wish to consider one of the best dog breeds for this region.
Best Dog Breeds to Live in Heat and Humidity
- 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: While you may not have actually thought about it, the Afghan hound comes from the region in and around Afghanistan. Completely comfortable in the heat, the breed features and a single coat of long hair, which helps keep them cool and protected from the sun.
- Australian Cattle Dog: These hard-working dogs are originally from Australia. Their breed is a working dog, and 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.
Help Other Dog Breeds Beat the Heat
Brachycephalic dogs such as Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Boxers 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. 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.
Whenever you plan 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.
No matter the breed, the trainers at Gulf Coast K9 Dog Trainers would love to help with obedience training. If you live in the Sarasota or Bradenton area, call us today to schedule classes or two-week boarding.