Hot Weather Dog Breeds

Hot Dogs on Hot Days

Dog Breeds Best Suited for Hot Weather Climates

With record hot temperatures being registered everywhere it is important to keep your dogs inside, and when left outdoors make sure they have plenty of shade & available water to help them keep cool. Here are some tips to consider.

#1 Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night.

#2 Consider “Doggie Boots” if you are walking your dog on Hot Pavements.

Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. Just like boots prevent the dog from absorbing the cold in the winter, they also isolate heat.


#3 Watch for signs of dehydration.

Dogs can’t sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.

#4 Make sure your dog has plenty of water available at all times [and keep it in the shade).

#5 Find innovative ways to cool your dog.

Don’t have air conditioning? No problem! Find a spot in the shade and set up a kiddie pool. Lay down a wet towel for your dog to lie on. Or simply set up a fan in front of a pan of ice. At the Dog Psychology Center, we have sprinklers that spray the dogs with a gentle mist of water.

#6 Dogs cool from the bottom up.

Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.

#7 Allow your dog dig if they want to.

Your dog may resort to finding his own way to avoid the heat. Dog in nature dig their dens not out of frustration but to find food, hide, give birth–or keep cool! If it’s possible, locate a shady area where it’s okay for your dog to dig.

#8 Allow Your Dog To Discover for Themselves how Hot is it Outside.

Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel, so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Your the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it’s safe.

#9 Never leave your dog in a parked car.

The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.

#10 And lastly……..Use hot weather as an excuse to go swimming together, if your dog likes water.

Here is a List of Dog Breeds That Can Best Tolerate Hot Weather Conditions

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Terrier

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Airedale Terrier

American Bulldog 150x150

American Bulldog

American Foxhound 150x150

American Foxhound

American Hairless 150x150

American Hairless Terrier

American Water Spaniel 150x150

American Water Spaniel

Australian Cattle Dog 150x1502

Australian Cattle Dog

Azawakh 150x150


Basenji 2 150x150


Beagles 150x150


Belgian Malinois 150x150

Belgian Malinois

Bluetick Coonhound 150x150

Bluetick Coonhound

Border Collie 150x150

Border Collie

Borzoi 150x150


Boxer 150x150



Brittany Spaniel

Bull Terrier 150x150

Bull Terrier

Cairn Terrier2

Cairn Terrier

Canaan Dog 150x150

Canaan Dog

Cardigan Welsh Corgi 150x150

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Catahoula Leopard 150x150

Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever



Chinese Crested4

Chinese Crested Dog

Bluetick Coonhound 150x150


Dalmation 150x150



Doberman Pinscher

French Bulldog 150x150

French Bulldog

German Pinschers 2 150x150

German Pinscher

German Shorthaired Pointer 1 150x150

German Shorthaired Pointer

Golden Retriever 150x150

Golden Retriever

Great Dane10

Great Dane

Greyhound 150x150


American Hairless 150x150

Hairless Terrier, American

Ibizan Hound 150x150

Ibizan Hound

Italian Grehound 150x150

Italian Greyhound

Jack Russell 150x150

Jack Russell Terrier

Labrador Retriever1 150x150

Labrador Retriever

Manchester Terrier 150x150

Manchester Terrier

Xoloitzcuintli Mexican Hairless 150x150

Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli)

Miniature Bull Terrier 150x150

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Pinsher 150x150

Miniature Pinscher

Papillon 150x150


Parson Russell Terrier 150x150

Parson Russell Terrier

Pharaoh Hound 150x150

Pharaoh Hound

Pit Bull Terrier American

Pit Bull Terrier

Plott Hound 150x150

Plott Hound

Pointer 150x150


Rat Terrier 150x150

Rat Terrier

Redbone Coonhound 150x150

Redbone Coonhound

Rhodesian Ridgeback 150x150

Rhodesian Ridgeback



Schnauzer 150x150


Smooth Fox Terrier 150x150

Smooth Fox Terrier

Staffordshire Terrier 150x150

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Tree Walker Coonhound 150x150

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Vizsla 150x150


Weimaraner 150x150


Whippet 150x150