10 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Hot Weather


This pocket-sized pet is an adaptable dog breed that does well living in warm weather climates.

Australian Cattle Dog

The dog from Down Under is an active, hearty breed with a drive to work despite the hot sun or warm temperatures.

Afghan Hound

These large dogs fare well in hot climates since those flowing locks are a single coat of hair. This breed’s native homeland of Afghanistan is known for hot weather by day.

Yorkshire Terrier

The silky coat of the Yorkshire terrier may be long, but it's fine. A thin texture means that it’s not a great insulator against the cold.

Chinese Crested

Chinese crested dogs are mainly hairless. They likely developed in Asia from imported hairless African dogs accustomed to hot temps.

Airedale Terrier

The largest of the terrier breeds, the Airedale is a medium-sized dog that tolerates warm weather. These dogs have a fuzzy coat, but the hair is short and wiry.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is one of the best large breed dogs for hot weather. With a natural tendency to conserve energy, these couch potatoes aren’t likely to overexert themselves when the weather is warm.

German Shorthaired 

For a hunting dog or active canine companion, even when the weather is warm, the German shorthaired pointer is an excellent choice.

Italian Greyhound

The slender frame and thin, short coat of the Italian greyhound don’t protect against the wintery snow and ice; this is another excellent dog breed for warm weather.


Like the smaller Italian greyhound, this full-size sprinter is one of the best large breed dogs for warm weather.