No matter how far Porter dangles his tongue or how much he gasps to stay cool, he may just not be suitable for hot weather. It is not his fault! There are breeds intended for colder climates due to their thick fur (think: huskies and akitas) and brachycephalic breeds that have difficulty regulating body temperature due to their short noses (think English bulldogs and Boston terriers).
In general, puppies that can handle hot weather well have roots in warmer climates, short coats, or a build that effectively cools the air when they breathe. Fun facts for dog nerds: Most of the dogs on our list fall into the groups of sports, hunting dogs, terriers, working dogs, and herding dogs. So without further ado, here are the 14 best dog breeds that can handle hot weather.
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Let’s start with dogs bred on a continent known for its hot weather: Australia. The Australian Cattle Dog is actually related to the dingo, a wild dog that lives in the outback. These pups are highly intelligent and natural shepherds. Jogging partner, anyone?
Full Disclosure: While writing this article, I became obsessed with Australian Kelpies. In the 1800s, breeders in Australia mated several types of working collies that eventually gave birth to the Australian kelpie. These dogs can withstand high heat without getting tired and need – or rather, a lot of exercise. Indeed, an Australian kelpie was named pie Abbie is the best surf dog in the world because apparently that’s a thing. (I … love these dogs.)
These Australian dogs are also made for hot climates. The small but powerful Australian Terrier was bred in the 19th century to work hard for its people to get rid of pests. They like to dig and hunt and can adapt to any climate – they are also super-loyal companions.
Another breed that is used to high temperatures is the Chihuahua. It is probably the centuries in the Mexican sun that made these little cuddly toys so hot on the heat. Even on cold summer nights, it can be good to offer them sweaters.
A little further north, the Ibizan hunting dog was bred in Spain to hunt and fetch rabbits. Much like the Pharaoh who also does well in the heat, Ibizan people enjoy activity and need it to blow off steam. Her portraits have also been found in ancient Egyptian art, so yes. I think they have seen warm weather for a while.
Although the name suggests otherwise, Italian greyhounds are believed to originate from Greece and Turkey, but they became hot commodities in Italy during the Renaissance. They have super short coats and can walk a lot without getting tired. Likewise, the Greyhound is aerodynamically designed for high speeds, which also means that its long noses and large lungs can distribute cool air seamlessly over their bodies.
Even if American water spaniels constantly look as if their ears have just curled their ears, they are enthusiastic about outdoor activities of all kinds. Sure, they come from the upper Midwest, where it gets pretty chilly, but their webbed feet (!) And their enthusiasm for every water activity also make them ideal sports for almost every climate.
OK, this one is the trickiest on our list because while it can withstand the heat (they don’t have fur so they can stay a lot cooler on hot days), American Hairless Terriers are prone to sunburn (which can certainly happen!). These puppies are from Louisiana and are super playful and curious. Just make sure you put some pet-safe SPF on it.
The motto for Border Collies could also be: “Work hard, play hard”. They are some of the smoothest puppies out there, with limitless energy, so give them a job even if they’re just chasing a stick. The American Kennel Club calls them “a very healthy breed”.
Check out these little speed demons! Whippets have super short, thin fur and deep chest cavities that make chilling out under the sun at noon a breeze.
Dobermans look super cool, but they also have short coats, strong muscles and a lot of athleticism (movement in the sun is not a problem).
Endurance is a trait many of the dogs on this list possess, but perhaps none as much as the Vizsla. Crazy enough, this breed almost became extinct after WWI. But they triumphed and now enjoy long days with their owners, frolicking through fields (or yards if you don’t have a field).
Breeders often refer to these stunning dogs as fearless animals – they’re big fans of running (again, note joggers). Weimaraners also have this distinctive short, silver-gray coat. It exudes a certain royal quality.
There are 101 reasons (we couldn’t resist) to love Dalmatians, not least their overall excellent health and stamina. This spotted fur is also incredibly dense and short, which makes it a breeze to stay cool.
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