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Unread 09-01-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Heat tolerant breed advice..

Ok, So I just tried to take Tasha for a good long hike, I would say I counted on around 6-7 hours... about 3 hours in I had to call hubby and ask him to pick us up. She wasnt overheated but she wouldn't last much longer either.. *sighs* I love Tasha, I love Missy, but they are not having enough endurance and living where I do live the heat wont decrease really. So does anyone know of a breed that handles heat good?
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Because we are hunter gatherers we can hike all day. Dogs don't do that in their natural environment. I know that Jake was fairly 'heat stressed' today and that was just in our garden!

I suppose (and this is just my opinion) dalmatians were bred to run alongside a coach and great danes. I can ask my daughter what she thinks re Great Danes.

Border collies can run all day too I believe.

Poor Moo hope you find a pooch to keep you company.

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Any of the well-muscled breeds struggle to keep cool, which are your favourites aren't they monkey?

I know that the staffy I look after is rubbish in the heat, she'll just lie down wherever you are and refuse to move any further. Simba struggles too but she has a dense double coat.

Molly copes quite well, as did my old springer spaniel as you can keep them clipped in the summer.

What about the desert breeds? The saluki? A pharoah hound? Anything from that origin I guess would have to handle the heat quite well
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hahaha it aint all that bad Carole, it would just be nice since I do like to hike long. I would love to do a week up in the mountains too and then I need a dog that can last despite heat or it wont be of no good to me. Tasha has always had good endurance but she's 7 now almost 8 so.. I think I have to satisfiy with 2 hours no adays instead. It will be a couple of years before next dog anyhow, it would jsut be nice to see if I could find someone who suited me all around..

Missy might, if she just could learn to perserve herself, she goes out full blast everywhere so she exahusts herself in an hour.. *lol*

and mel yeah they are my favs *mutter mutter*
Missy does the same as the staffy you describe, pref in someone water sprinkler *lol*

I have looked at the deserts breed and they SO not appeal me..

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I think the desert breeds are appealing to those who love sighthounds, but having seen your taste in pooch-pals I can understand why they are not for you!

I like the really fluffy dogs, which is ok as where I live it very rarely gets hot. In fact, I think we need the dogs that can cope with rain more than anything else, Simba looked like a drowned rat earlier!

I tried desensitising Shabba the staffy to the heat, but she was having none of it! She just looked at me and rolled over - in the middle of the road. It's not much fun having to carry a full grown staffy 1/4 mile home!
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The black BCs I know get tired in the heat very easily (and I know quite a few). Black and dark coated dogs all struggle in the heat and sun. I was thinking the Dal, too, but also don't know for sure.

However like any animal, you have to work a dog up to that level. If your dogs only get out on the weekends or just once a week, no breed will tolerate that kind of exercise in the heat. Like any athlete, you have to train to that level of endurance, and it requires a strict training schedule.

Weekend Warrior dogs are just as liable to get injured as Weekend Warrior humans. Conditioning is a big part of agility, too, and often overlooked. If your asking your dog to do anything strenuous, then you need to condition them to it.
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I don't think there's a dog in existence that can go for 8 or nine hours straight, heat or not. Well there probably are! But they'd have to be carefully conditioned for it.

Perhaps if you could stop for an hour or so of rest under a shade tree several times during each hike she might be able to keep up with you. It would help to wet her down often too. If you're walking her on pavement all that time, that can certainly contribute to her stress.

We didn't work our dogs in intense summer heat, but in the still warm, but somewhat cooler months, 70's to mid 60's we wet them down often and took long breaks for ourselves and the dogs. We also gave them a small meal of something like a soft moist food (or even a sandwich) mid day to refresh their energy.
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The short-coated border collies are apparently popular in Australia/NZ because they cope with the heat better, and collies have incredible stamina. Indy still has great stamina at 13!
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I am constantly wetting Jake down - in the garden with the garden hose/sprinkler and of course he swims in the river and sea.

He is a bad colour to be out in the fierce heat. That is why I keep him clipped short.

So Moo -you said you wanted a Rasterfarian dog like Jake but I don't think a water spaniel could endure the long jog without a few swims inbetween.

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I think too, Monkey, that the humidity levels, as well as the heat, is a factor in dogs tiring in easily in hot weather where you live. Not only is it hot but in high humidity dogs aren't able to evaporate as much moisture from their respiration. October is coming :-)
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