Which Dog Breeds Are Most At Risk From The Summer Heat?

Here at the WoofPost, we’ve talked about protecting your dog from hot weather and the dangers of heatstroke, but some dog breeds are more susceptible to heat injury than others. 

Make no mistake, all dogs are subject to overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke if the conditions are right. Heatstroke and heat exhaustion can lead to cardiac arrest and death. 

But there are some breeds that just don’t do as well in the heat as others do.

Dogs with very thick coats and long hair generally are more prone to heat injury than others. These breeds include the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Chow Chow, Shetland Sheepdog, Great Pyrenees and many others. 

Also, dogs with long hair tend to suffer more in the heat than dogs with shorter coats. These long haired breeds include the Afghan Hound, American Eskimo Dog, Irish Setter, Bergamasco and others.

The brachycephalic breeds (those with short nose and flat faces) also have particular problems with the heat. These breeds include the Pug, French Bulldog, English and American Bulldog, Boxers, Shih Tzus and others. 

Very active dogs and working and hunting dogs can also be at risk, as can obese and overweight dogs. Puppies and older dogs need special consideration as well, as they are not able to handle hot conditions as well as a young adult canine.

So this summer, protect your dog from the heat by giving him plenty of fresh water and providing him with a cool place to stay during the day that is out of the sun.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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