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Best Dog Breeds for Warm Climates

Posted by Jessica Roberts

If you’re searching for a four-legged companion, it’s important to consider how your new friend will handle the climate you live in. The right kind of coat and build are crucial factors when determining if a pup is suited for the heat. Just like you wouldn’t wear a thick coat in the winter, the best fur for a hot-weather dog is short and single-coated. When it comes to builds, breeds that are best adapted to the heat typically have a longer snout and big, erect ears that don’t trap heat. While it’s true that many dogs are adaptable to different climates, these breeds are known for being total fans of summer and sunshine.

Just remember that even the pups that are best suited for the heat aren’t impervious to overheating. Be sure to always follow best practices for keeping your dog cool in the summer.


Small in stature, but very cool. Photo by BringFido/Liza

This little fella tops our list of the very best dog breeds for a warm climate. The Chihuahua originated in Mexico's hot desert, so they’re no stranger to warm weather. Their small stature and short coat help them stay comfortable, even in the dog days of summer. The breed’s large, erect ears are more than just adorable. The shape also allows airflow over expanded blood vessels in the thin skin to cool both sides.

The Chihuahua’s little size also makes him a fabulous companion to bring on vacation. Pack up your pooch’s necessities, and take off to sunny California. Stay in style at ARRIVE Palm Springs in the heart of downtown. Each room is light, airy and elegantly designed with amenities like minibars and flat-screen TVs.

American Water Spaniel

Having the time of his life. Photo by iStock/Lunja

An American Water Spaniel has a special feature that, despite their long fur, makes them perfect for hot, humid climates. This breed has a protective coat that keeps them waterproof and also protects them from harsh weather conditions. These water-loving athletes are muscular and energetic, and always up for a good adventure with their humans.

Give your American Water Spaniel the adventure of his dreams with a pet-friendly trip to the Florida Keys. Soul Shine Adventures invites you to experience Florida’s most southern point through the eyes of a local on a fun-filled charter. Stay at Ambrosia Key West, right in the heart of the Southernmost City's Old Town Historic District.

Australian Cattle Dog

This dog rocks. Photo by iStock/Tahoetucker.

The Australian Cattle Dog is a livestock guardian breed that is actually related to the Dingo, a wild dog that lives in the Australian outback. These pups are medium-sized and have short coats and lighter coloration to help them stay cool in the heat. Cattle Dogs are highly intelligent and athletic, so they make great competitors in K9 sports like Disc Dog.

Bring your Cattle Dog to Austin for an adventure he’ll never forget. One of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S., you’ll find no shortage of pet-friendly activities and restaurants to keep your fun-loving pup entertained in the capital of the Lonestar state. Book a stay at the Aloft Austin Northwest and you’ll be conveniently located near everything the city has to offer.

Airedale Terrier

Terriers are up for fun in the sun. Photo by iStock/Alex Potemkin

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the Terrier breeds, and these pretty pups are known to be hard-working, intelligent canines. Because their single-coat is short and wiry, they tolerate hot climates well and, alongside most other Terrier types, are usually happy to play outside even when the temperature climbs. Just be sure to keep their coat free from matting, which can trap heat against the skin, and your Airedale Terrier will do quite well digging and frolicking at your side all year round.

If you want to give your Airedale Terrier the chance to put his digging skills to the test, bring him along to one of the only places in the world where he can search for real diamonds. As featured in our Ruff Guide to the United States, Crater of Diamonds State Park is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings people from all over the world to Murfreesboro, AR in search of treasure. The nearby Little Shamrock Motel is a budget-friendly place you can call home during your visit, even if you don’t strike it rich in the field.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

At home by you in the bayou. Photo by iStock/madcorona

The Catahoula Leopard Dog breed originated in the swamps and forests of Louisiana, meaning they are perfectly at home in the heat and humidity. Bred as a hunting and herding dog for the bayous, these canines typically have a smooth, short coat ranging from single colors such as black, red, and yellow, to brindle, or the “leopard” pattern that gives the breed its name. They make wonderful companions for those who like outdoor adventure.

Bring your Catahoula Leopard Dog back to the state where the breed originated to explore one of Louisiana’s enchanting bayous and discover the wonderful world of Kenny Hill at Chauvin Sculpture Garden. Then cozy up together right on the water at the Idle Time Fishing Camp, where your pup is welcome for no additional charge.


Ready to run in the sun. Photo by Mitchell Orr on Unsplash

These slim sprinters are built for speed and agility, but their playful and gentle nature makes them a fantastic four-legged companion. The Whippet’s slender frame, long snout, and thin, short coat helps to keep them cool and comfortable in the summer sun. They have a large nose and expansive chest cavity, helping to cool the air as they breathe. It’s important to note that their streamlined build doesn’t make them impervious to the effects of heat, so while they certainly prefer the summer sun to a wintery day, even Whippets need plenty of care to stay safe and healthy when the temperatures climb.

Let your Whippet run free at the Frank S. Ortiz Dog Park, one of the world’s largest off-leash dog parks. He will love racing across 138 acres of New Mexico backcountry, featuring incredible views of Santa Fe and the surrounding mountain ranges. The Lodge at Santa Fe offers guests an affordable stay just minutes from the park entrance.

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