Heat Tolerant Dog Breeds

Heat Tolerant Dog Breeds
February 24, 2019

If you’re living in a warm climate and you’re wondering which dog breed which would be most suitable to the environment, we’ve got you covered! Heat intolerances should always be taken into consideration for dogs if you’re lucky enough to live in a warm place! Because although you may have air con in your home, dogs will still need the recommended amount of exercise for their breed. Without this, they are at risk of becoming obese, or they will quickly start to become destructive in the home, this isn’t because they are naughty, it is because they are stressed.

Of course, the tolerance a dog has will depend on the season. It is easy to look forward to the warmth of summer without thinking about how your furrier friend may cope with their exercise routines. So, if you’re an active person and you’re looking to take your dog on adventures with you, you will want to double check if they will be up to it in the summer months.

The dog breeds which are heat tolerant tend to share a fair amount of characteristics as you will quickly discover from reading the list. There aren’t any Brachycephalic dog breeds on the list such as the Bulldog, Pug, or Boxer. This is due to their flat faces and short snouts which can make breathing difficult at the best of times, but they are definitely not equipped to cool themselves, especially in warm temperatures. Similarly, large and giant breeds can also struggle in warmer climates. Breeds such as Saint Bernard’s were never built to deal with excessive heat - they are genetically made up to function well in the snow!

Another great indicator of heat tolerance is the coat of the breed. Generally, breeds with double or thick coats will struggle in the heat. However, dogs with very thin coats can easily burn in the sun.

So, here’s our list of top dogs for heat tolerance!
 American Foxhound

A gun dog breed, originating from you guessed it, America! Their history dates back to the early 1700s, and they are as desirable as working dogs as well as family pets for their sweet tempers. However, they aren’t as popular as they used to be. As they are used to working in the fields of America, they have had plenty of exposure to the heat of outdoors in all weathers. They have tonnes of energy, and they are one of the best options for owners who are looking to spend plenty of time outdoors with their dog.


Originating from Mexico, you can be sure that the Chihuahua is a breed that can stand the heat. They are famous for having an attitude of a dog ten times their size, however for many owners, this is all part of the appeal. As they are a very small dog, they don’t need all too much exercise, so you will still need to be careful when it comes to exercising them outdoors in high temperatures. Yet, for a little summer stroll, they will be more than happy to join you to soak up some rays!
 German Shorthaired Pointer

Another gundog makes the heat tolerance list, but this time, the German Shorthaired Pointer is slightly larger. If you are intending on having the German Shorthaired Pointer as a pet, you will need plenty of energy. These dogs were especially bred for their exceptional performance both in the water and the field. Any outdoor enthusiasts will find the perfect companion with the German Shorthaired Pointer, especially if you fancy a dip in water! Their feet are webbed to make them one of the best swimmers of the dog world.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is the golden boy of the dog world, the breed is an all-round solid choice for many dog owners, they adapt extremely well whether you’re a single person or a family with children. As they were originally a working dog, they have high amounts of energy. They just tend to be a little cuter than your average retriever. They also win plenty of points for their obedience and high levels of affection. There is no better dog to take to the beach, thanks to their water-repellent coat.

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are one of the most delicate breeds there are. As they are from Italy, as you can expect they are used to warmer climates. They are extremely sensitive to cold weather, so living in a warmer climate is extremely preferential to the Italian Greyhound. Although care should still be taken for the slender and fast breed.

Labrador Retriever

It should come as no surprise that the Labrador Retriever made this list when the Golden Retriever also did. It’s the most popular dog breed in the world, so you would expect that they are a hardy breed. However, they are just as favourable as working dogs as pets. They have an incredibly active personality, they will never refuse a walk, especially if you’re offering hours of fun outdoors. Their short hair perfectly equips them to withstand the heat outdoors. And once more, the Labrador Retriever make excellent swimmers due to their webbed toes!


As a general rule, all terrier breeds will be able to withstand hot weather well, breeds such as the Airedale and Cairn terrier all thrive in the heat. All of the terrier breeds tend to have a larger than life personality, while you’ll either love them or hate them for the fact that they are feisty, they are definitely a good choice for owners who like to frequently explore the outdoor world with a companion. Terriers were originally bred for hunting small prey such as rodents, so you can expect that they’d have boundless amounts of energy.


The Vizsla breed is probably the least popular dog breed on this list of heat tolerant dogs, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t make for the best family pet. The Vizsla breed originates from Hungary where the temperatures can reach extreme heights. However, no matter how hot it was, they were expected to spend long amounts of time in the field as a hunting dog. However, even if you aren’t intending to work with the dog, they are still an avid outdoor adventure buddy!

Final Note

It is worth noting here that although the breeds listed above may have a better heat tolerance than other breeds, this does not mean that you don’t need to exercise extreme caution when walking your pets. All dogs can be prone to heatstroke, exhaustion, or dehydration. They can also harm the pads of their feet on hot concrete and get a sunburn, so always use the best judgement, ensure that they have a way to hydrate, and have the option of shade. Always take with you a bottle of water and a bowl on exceptionally hot days.