Blog 5 Great Dogs for Warm Climates
If you’re planning to get a dog and live in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, or another hot state, you might be wondering what breed is best for your climate. Certain dogs do not tolerate heat well, and will be uncomfortable living in a hot and humid environment. The following breeds will be happy to live in a southern home where they can enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures.
Terriers come in a variety of types, and they all make endearing family members. Because they have hair rather than fur, these fun little charmers are also hypoallergenic. Popular terrier breeds include the Yorkshire (Yorkie), Jack Russell, Silky, Welsh, and Scottish. The friendly terrier’s hair doesn’t trap heat inside which helps keep them cooler on those steamy days. Hot climates are perfect for this small dog that enjoys some extra warmth.
The border collie is a highly intelligent and energetic dog. This loyal and loving dog thrives in hot weather. Because of the dog’s energy and need for a lot of exercise, not everyone can supply the border collie’s requirements. This breed needs to run, jump, and be stimulated mentally every day. The kind and devoted border collie makes an exceptional dog for the family that goes hiking, takes trips to the park, and has an active outdoor life.
Beagles have been a popular family dog for generations. These friendly little canines get along with everyone in the family including kids and other pets. The great outdoors is their stomping ground, and the beagle is ready to join in on every family adventure. At the end of the day your beagle is ready to snuggle on the couch, and watch your favorite movie or TV show with you.
The Chihuahua’s light coat doesn’t keep it warm in cold climates. Warmer temperatures are needed to keep this pint-sized dog comfortable. Chihuahuas love attention and are loyal to their family. Noise, confusion, and drama can cause this little dog to experience anxiety which can result in barking, aggressive behavior, or a timid withdrawal. If you have children that play loudly, this dog might not be the best pet for you.
Whippets are a medium sized dog and make a wonderful family pet. They love children and other dogs. You’ll find this sweet dog will love curling up beside you on the couch, is content when crated, and enjoys having a special soft dog bed to call its own. The whippet is not aggressive and believes everyone visitor to your home is their personal guest. This delightfully friendly dog tends to choose one family member to be their own, but is still loving to everyone else.
In spite of the fact all these dogs enjoy warm climates, it’s important to remember that too much heat and sun is not good for any dog. Dogs with thin coats are still subject to sunburn and discomfort. Be sure your dog has plenty of water, a shady area when outside, and keep it inside on extra hot days. When properly cared for, any of these dogs will make a wonderful warm climate pet.
If you don’t have one of these breeds, don’t sweat it. VIP can assist you in keeping your longer haired cold weather dog happy and comfortable. Our climate controlled hotel and daycare keeps them cool in the summer. In addition, regular trimming and furmination treatments can also help in managing thick coats for optimal comfort year round.