Dogs that were bred for living in colder climates have developed special adaptations that make them more resistant to the cold. While most dogs have two types of fur–and undercoat and guard hairs– the thickness of these depends on the breed of dog. Cold weather pups such as the Akita, with its dense undercoat, and the Malamute, with its coarse, long guard hairs, are two great examples of this adaptation.
On exceptionally hot days, try to avoid long walks or exercise during the middle of the day. Take walks in the early mornings, and evening when the temperature has cooled off. Keep your dog inside or in the shade on these days whenever possible. If your dog wants to be outside, a kiddie pool is a great way to help them stay cool as well. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of possible overheating, such as a normally active dog acting lethargic or excessive panting without exercise. Always, always make sure your dog has a cool, ample supply of drinking water.
Keeping all these things in mind can keep your cold weather dog happy and healthy in the Arizona heat. And if you’re looking for something a little more desert-hardy in a pet, perhaps a Canaan, which lived in desert regions for thousands of years, is a more suitable pick!