With the summers getting hotter each year, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at which of our furry friends will be able to enjoy some beach time with their humans. Check out the list we’ve compiled for the best hot-weather dog breeds!
What type of dog would be best suited for hot weather?
Dogs aren’t able to use sweat to regular their body temperature as humans do. While dogs do sweat a little (around their ears, nose & foot pads), the volume of their sweat isn’t effective at releasing body heat. Panting (rapid breathing) is the primary heat loss mechanism in dogs, and certain physical characteristics will allow them to pant and expel heat more efficiently.
- Nose & face – dogs with short noses and flat faces (known as brachycephaly) are prone to partial obstruction in their airways, and as such may not be able to pant effectively. Bulldogs, Sharpeis, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Chihuahuas and some types of Terriers have short noses & flat faces; they may not be able to combat the heat as well as other dog breeds. (See list of brachycephalic dog breeds here).
- Coat – a dog’s coat will protect him by physically blocking the absorption of heat. A single coat will be able to do this best, while a thick or double coat may do the opposite, trapping the heat and causing his temperature to rise further.
- Size – in general, some larger dogs, such as the Newfoundland or Saint Bernard, will not be able to tolerate heat as well as smaller dogs. Larger dogs generate more heat on physical exertion, and panting may not be enough to compensate for their sheer size.
Dog breeds suited for hot weather
1. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound is bred for its distinctive physical features. This rather large sighthound is a playful, athletic breed. It is unique for having a fine, silky coat but low levels of body fat, making it suited for both warm and cold climates.
2. Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier is an English breed and the largest of the terrier-type dogs, bred for working & hunting. An intelligent and energetic dog, it has a double coat that is best kept short (by hand-stripping), especially during the summer months.
3. American Foxhound
The American Foxhound is a medium-sized breed with a medium-length coat that tends to shed. Bred for hunting, it is an submissive and very gentle breed that gets along well with small children and other animals.
4. Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short-coated dog, bred in Australia for herding. It is a highly intelligent, obedient and energetic breed that will need lots of exercise and constant company, making it a great family pet.
5. Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized working dog with a medium-length coat. It is highly energetic, hardworking and intelligent, thriving on being the center of attention, frequent playtimes and the outdoors.
6. Australian Terrier
The Australian Terrier is a small hunting dog with a double coat. This intelligent and obedient breed makes great company for humans, but tends to be aggressive with other dogs.
Known as the “barkless dog” because of the unique sound it makes in place of a bark, the Basenji is a hunting dog that originates from Africa. They are small, short-haired dogs; athletic and powerful, they make good guard dogs and are devoted to their humans but are somewhat difficult to train. They are hypoallergenic and suited for apartment living.
The Beagle is a small-sized, short-haired working dog of English origin. It is an intelligent and gentle dog, making it a good choice for families with small children. This breed has grown in popularity over the years due its general good health and portrayal in the media.
9 . Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a small dog with medium-length, silky hair. This sociable, affectionate breed originating from Spain loves to play, is hypoallergenic and easy to train, making it an ideal pet for families with small children. This breed also thrives in small living spaces like apartments.
10. Border Collie
The Border Collie originate from England, and was bred to be a herding dog. This medium-sized breed with a double coat is hardworking and highly intelligent (touted by many as the most intelligent dog breed around), requiring plenty of daily physical and mental stimulation to keep it from chewing stuff up. The Border Collie will be a good addition to a household with a large family and other pets.
11. Boykin Spaniel
The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized hunting breed with medium-length, curly hair. They get along great with small children and other household pets, as they are very sociable and love to play to burn off that excess energy.
12. Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers are known for the distinctive shape of their heads, with triangular eyes and ample nostrils. This is a breed that is independent yet sociable and with good temperament. With early socialization training, this dog will make a great pet for a family with small children.
13. Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested is a small, hypoallergenic dog that comes in two variants – hairless with fur around its face and paws, or a long, soft coat. Both variants are able to handle the heat, but special care should be taken for the hairless variant as they may be prone to sunburn.
The Dalmatian is a medium-sized, short-coated dog originating from Croatia. Strong and athletic, this spotted breed is healthy and makes a great family pet, but it does tend to shed and may not be ideal for people with allergies.
15. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher, also known as the Dobermann, is a medium- to large-sized, short-haired breed originating from Germany. This intelligent and active breed makes for a great guard dog, and, with socialization training, will also make a great pet for families with small children.
16. Fox Terrier
The Fox Terrier is an English terrier breed, from which many other terrier breeds have descended, such as the Jack Russell Terrier, Rat Terrier and Japanese Terrier to name a few. This intelligent and easy to train hunting dog has a short double coat, and makes a great family pet, getting along with small children and other household pets. They are highly energetic and will need adequate daily exercise.
17. German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium- to large-sized breed, and, as its name points out, has a short coat that is also double-layered and water-resistant. Bred to be a hunting dog, it also makes for a good family pet as it is gentle, friendly and easy to train. It is highly energetic and should receive plenty of daily exercise to keep it healthy.
18. Great Dane
The Great Dane is a large (giant) German-origin dog, known to be the tallest breed around. As is common with large dogs, the Great Dane is friendly and gentle, often seeking and giving affection. With socialization training, they will be a great companion for small children. Also common with large dogs, this breed tends to have bone & joint problems if not given proper care.
19. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a large dog breed with a double-layered water-resistant coat and webbed feet, which makes it a natural swimmer. It’s a very gentle, curious, obedient and hardworking breed. While they don’t make the best guard dogs, as they can be too trusting, they do make great pets for families with small children.
The Greyhound is a large-sized, short-haired member of the sighthound family. It has long, athletic legs and aerodynamic build, having been bred for racing. In contrast to its size, it has a very gentle and loving personality, and also is very calm and laid back. This breed will be quite satisfied snoozing indoors throughout the day.
The Havanese is a toy dog with a long, soft double coat, and is the national dog of Cuba. This is a very energetic and playful breed, also known for being very smart and easy to train. It loves to stay indoors with its owner, and should not be left alone for long periods of time as it’s prone to separation anxiety.
22. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is a large dog of Canadian origin with a short, dense coat. It’s a very hardworking breed, having been found to be useful as a hunting dog and as a guide dog for the disabled. It has a very sweet and gentle temperament, getting along well with children and other pets.
23. Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier is a small- to medium-sized, double-coated, hypoallergenic breed of English origin known for its distinctive long muzzle. They are energetic, smart, agile and trainable.
The Poodle is a single-coated, hypoallergenic breed that comes in three sizes (standard, miniature and toy variants). Highly intelligent and athletic, this breed has many uses, often participating in dog shows & dog sports, as well being used as a herding dog or a guide dog for the disabled.
The Schnauzer is a German-origin working dog that comes in three sizes (giant, standard, miniature), and is known for the unique hair pattern on its snout, resembling a beard (Schnauzer means moustache in German). This breed is alert, intelligent and territorial, making it a great guard dog.
The Whippet is a medium-sized, hypoallergenic English breed of the sighthound family. This agile, sporty breed is a racing dog, and, as with other racing dogs, it is a quiet & gentle dog that likes to spend its downtime lounging and snoozing indoors.
That concludes our list. While all 26 breeds are able to thrive despite high temperatures, don’t forget to give them lots of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, and also the appropriate safety gear to protect their paws from hot surfaces!