Heat - Pyr/Anatolian mix

by Rose
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How will this dog fare in S.W. Florida heat?

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by: Donna

I'm guessing you already have this dog.

As long as you have air conditioning, it should be fine. And, when outside, the dog needs lots of shade, water and a dog house to protect from the elements.

They do suffer in the heat, however. They, like us, don't have a lot of energy in the heat. They are built for the arctic weather.

Whatever you do, do NOT shave a double-coated dog ever.

Here is a URL with information on that:
https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/why-you-shouldnt-shave-your-dog-in-summer/

A summary of the URL:

About Double Coats

Double-coated breeds have two layers to protect against arctic weather. The long guard hairs form the outer layer and protect against snow or ice and even shed water. The soft undercoat lies close to the skin and keeps your dog warm and dry. In winter this undercoat can be so thick you may have trouble finding your dog’s skin.

In summer, your dog should shed his soft undercoat, leaving just the guard hairs. The job of the guard hairs in warm weather is to protect your dog from sunburn and insulate him against the heat. Without the undercoat, air can circulate through the guard hairs, cooling the skin.

Unlike single coated breeds, who have hair that just keeps growing, double coats grow to a certain length and don’t get any longer. So you can shave a single-coated breed down and the coat will grow back again without really changing it. But that’s not true for double coats.

Shaving a double-coated breed can really ruin the coat.

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