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Blog Best Dog Breeds for Hot Climates

Living in hot climates is great for many reasons! You get to enjoy mild winters while everyone else is knee deep in snow drifts and you also never have to worry about defrosting your windshields or changing out your wardrobe every six months! The flipside of these perks, however, is that hot climates mean hot, hot summers, and this can be hard on humans and dogs alike.

Most dogs can handle the heat pretty well, they are resilient creatures and just require lots of cool water and being kept out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time. However, not all dogs fare well in muggy weather! Though fur coats do help to cool dogs down, some coats are so thick that they will keep pooches too hot all year round.

If you are considering getting a dog in West Palm Beach, here are five Best Dog Breeds for Hot Climates.

1. Chihuahuas
Chihuahuas are not only the smallest dog breed, they also have a smooth, thin coat that helps them survive even the hottest summers. Whether it’s a long or short-haired variety, their small body and lightweight fur makes them one of the best candidates for bearing the Florida heat.

2. Italian Greyhounds
The Italian Greyhound has a penchant for “the sweet art of doing nothing.” Any dog that spends a lot of time sitting quietly or sleeping while indoors conserves more energy. This combined with their very short coat means they handle the heat quite well.

3. Terriers
There are many different types of terriers: Boston, Scotties, Westies, etc, – and they all tend to do well in both very cold and very hot weather. They have fluffy fur but a wiry undercoat that keeps them either hot or cool depending on the external circumstances.

4. Retrievers
If you’re looking for a larger dog, there are many types of retrievers that are built to withstand extreme heat. They tend to have longer hair, but were bred to be hunting dogs which means they can stand around in the heat for a while as long as they have water to drink and splash around in.

5. Pinschers
Pinschers are great dogs for heat because of their short, wiry hair and high stamina levels. They are great pups for heat but, like all breeds, will always need lots of water and shade to get through the hot days.

Whatever breed you choose, make sure to keep an eye on your dog in the heat and to never leave him or her alone or in small spaces (like a car or sunroom) without ventilation! These breeds have a high tolerance for heat but you still want to make sure they are comfortable and happy all year round! One great way to keep your dog cool year round is to send them to Very Important Paws Aqua Park. Our pools and fountains are a great way to keep cool when the temps are high!

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