Chihuahuas originated in Mexico, where the climate is particularly hot. Their thing coat and average snout make them very tolerable to heat. However, their short legs do keep them close to the ground, and they are not immune to the dangers of hot asphalt.
Dalmatians also have a long snout and short coat. Their height also works to their advantage. These dogs are built for extreme levels of exercise, and they are well-equipped to regulate their body temperatures during high levels of activity.
Basenjis are native to Africa, which is home to some of the hottest climates in the world. Their long noses, big ears, and short coats make them an excellent hot weather dog.
The Pharaoh hound also originates from Africa They were originally bred to hunt in the deserts of Egypt, making them instinctively at home in dry, hot weather. Their extremely short coats keep them nice and cool in hot climates, and the heat will not slow them down.
The Saluki’s long lean body and extremely light coat make them great warm weather dogs. They come from the Middle East originally and genetically are well equipped to deal with hot weather. They do tend to overdo it if allowed, so don’t let them play too long or hard in the heat.
Greyhounds have minimal body fat and very short fur. They do not have any undercoat to insulate them. They do well in warm weather but do not let them run too wild. Their lack of fat and fur also inhibits their ability to regulate body temperature if conditions get too extreme.
Whippets, like greyhounds, have very short fur and minimal body fat. They have long noses that help them circulate air and keep themselves cool. Just keep an eye on them when the heat reaches extreme levels.
During the hot weather months, keeping your dog cool should be a top priority. Utilizing tools like cooling dog beds and cool pools will keep them comfortable. Having a way to keep them hydrated on the go is also important. If you need water while you’re out and about, so do they!
If you live in a place with extreme heat, it is best to pick a dog breed with a short coat, lean physique, and long snout. Remember, many pups do not want to slow down, even if their bodies need to. Avoiding exercise and training in the hot parts of the day is the best approach. It is our job as their guardians to be sure we give them what they need!