As the temperature climbs and summer gets sweaty, we must think about our dogs! Canines regulate heat differently than humans. While we can sweat to stay cool, dogs pant to release heat. Preventive Vet says that as the moisture on dog tongues and noses evaporates, air circulates through their lungs so their bodies slowly cool down. Some pups take the heat better than others. In general, dogs that can handle hot weather have roots in warmer climates, short coats or physiques that effectively cool air as they breathe. Fun fact: Most of the canines on our list fall into the sporting, hound, terrier, working and herding groups.
Even if your dog is one of the 15 on our list who thrive with rising temps, it’s imperative you offer them plenty of shade and water on hot days. Cooling dog beds work wonders in the summertime, too, especially if you don’t have air conditioning or your dog has thick fur and needs extra help staying cool.
Also, while panting is totally normal, excessive panting or shortness of breath could mean your dog has allergies or even asthma! Though asthma is rare in dogs, it can happen. Spring and summer can churn up irritants in the air that’ll make your dog sneeze or wheeze, so be on the lookout, even in hot weather pups.