Dog Breeds Most Likely To Overheat

Dog Breeds Most Likely To Overheat

Dogs Love Summer -- But Not the Heat.

Most dogs love being outdoors, but not all dogs are able to regulate their body temperature. Despite their inherent panting mechanism (their way of cooling down) there comes a point where the heat overtakes your dog's ability to cool down.

Watch for heart rate. Watch for lethargy.  And take fast action when signs present themselves. Act fast!

  • A kids' pool filled with water
  • An always-filled water bowl
  • Air Conditioning
  • And easiest of all, prevent it in the first place! 

The "Most Likely" breeds to overheat, in no particular order: 


Bulldogs are brachycephalic -- meaning they have short snouts, and their respiratory systems make them prone to overheating. Their stocky build only adds to heat vulnerability.


Pugs are also brachycephalic, making it difficult for them to pant and regulate their body temperature. 


Boxers have a short snout, are muscular, and have short hair -- this makes it a challenge to cool down in hot weather. 

Chow Chow

Hair, hair, and more hair. With their heavyset body shape and dense fur, Chows are not well-suited for hot climates. 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus have long hair, small nostrils, and short snouts. This combo results in heavy breathing when temperatures rise. 

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are playful, so when playing in the heat, their flat faces (no flattering way to say it!) make it difficult for them to cool down in hot weather. 

Saint Bernard

Large -- very large. Furry -- very furry.  Safe to say that Saint Bernards are not well-suited for hot weather and can quickly overheat. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Spaniels in General

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have thick coats that can make it difficult for them to cool down in hot weather -- and so prone to heatstroke. 


Greyhounds are lean, mean, running machines with a very lean build and thin coat. This combination makes it difficult for themm to regulate their body temperature in extreme heat. 


Akitas have a thick DOUBLE coat, making it especially difficult to cool down in hot weather.