If you want a dog that enjoys the county’s almost perpetual summer, consider these breeds
Cold drinks, shorts and sandals, and air conditioning. Many a Filipino know of different ways to deal with the country’s heat. Dogs, however, don’t have it as easy when trying to cool down, as some breeds are not cut out to live in the Philippines’ almost-year round tropical weather.
Believe it or not, a canine’s physical characteristics dictates whether they are suited to live comfortably in hot and humid weather. We looked all over the web for information on dogs that can best handle the heat, and found these three considerations to keep in mind:
Dogs often need to pant to eliminate body heat, as sticking out their tongue is widely known as their main way to “sweat”. Due to this, breeds with pushed noses, or Pango in Philippines vernacular, tend to not do well in warm weather.
If you are leaning towards an English Bulldog, Boxer, or Pug as your next pet, you may want to reconsider, particularly if you live in or often travel to tropical locations.
Size doesn’t just matter when considering how a dog will live with you in your home, it’s also a factor for how well they can handle the warm weather. Dogs need to exercise, and large breeds like St. Bernards and English Mastiffs will have a difficult time staying fit if it is often too hot to move around.
Imagine wearing a fur coat at the beach, because that’s exactly how hot it can get for breeds with thick coats that have to live in tropical places. Now imagine walking at the same beach at 12 noon without any sunscreen on. That’s how it also feels for dogs with too little or too thin of a coat to protect them from the heat of the air and sun.
Indeed, what to look for in a dog suited for warm weather can be somewhat specific, but not too difficult to find.
A nicely pointed snout, modestly sized body, and medium length coat. Beagles unquestionably make for great warm climate pets. Combine that with being very friendly with people and other dogs, and they make for great travel pets too.
However, they are also very explorative and not a fan of other animals, something to keep in mind when you take them to a beach they’ll likely want to look far around in and see other creatures which they may want to chase.
Another breed of a manageable size featuring an easy to manage coat and decent sized snout, Basenjis offer the added bonus of being known to innately groom themselves, making then an even more ideal companion for warm weather living.
They also have a great deal of energy, so they may not be the best choice for condo living, but perfect for a home with a large yard or one by the beach. They can also be very nosey and somewhat mischievous, so the open space will also be useful to train them in.
A distinct feature of Dobermans is that they dislike the cold, in itself making them the ideal pet to have in a warm setting. Add to that a thin and short coat and noticeably pointy snout, and they indeed, almost make for the perfect tropical companion.
Keep in mind that while they are often loyal and eager to please, being a firm handler will still be necessary to establish rules and a pack leader structure that they can grow into.
One of the most popular family pets, Golden Retrievers are also seemingly made for living on an island or by the beach thanks to their water-resistant coats and webbed feet. Born to swim whilst also being good for long walks where there are other people and other dogs, there’s nothing more to ask for with goldens.
They may be a little large compared to the other breeds on this page, but their cheerful and affectionate dispositions make their size easy to manage.
Like golden, Labrador Retrievers also have water-resistant coats, but theirs are shorter and easier to maintain. They similarly have plenty of energy, so getting one as they are young is ideal for a better opportunity to train them.
If adopted as adults, training is still viable if not already instilled in them, as sufficient attention will be enough for them to get used to living with and listening to their new owners.
Small and short-haired, Chihuahuas are arguably the best dogs to live in the tropics because their size and coat is easy to maintain, and they can be can conveniently be brought to any park or beach. Some variants of the tiny breed have extremely thin coats, so veterinarian approved sunblock may be necessary when taking the dog out.
While small, Chihuahuas need strong personalities to guide them, as the lack of one may lead to them being used to being dominant and developing “small dog syndrome.”
Dalmatians are known to not do too well in cold climates, so they are expectedly a breed that would enjoy the warm weather. When properly trained and accustomed to socializing and exercise, Dalmatians are also known to get along well with children and other animals. While they have a nice sleek coat and have a snout that is great for pants, their size and rather athletic builds do not make them suited for condo or apartment living.
Prefer felines over canines? Most cats can manage the warm weather, but only a few enjoy the water. Check out Cat Breeds That Are Known to Like Water