3 Dog Breeds that Don’t Do Well in the Arizona Heat

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BulldogAre you ready to add a canine companion to your household? If so, there are several factors that you need to consider when searching for a new friend to share your apartment in Flagstaff, AZ. For example, if you have allergies, you may want to consider a low-shedding, hypoallergenic dog, such as a Shih Tzu. Another factor you should consider? A breed's tolerance for the Arizona heat. Although Flagstaff, itself, enjoys relatively moderate summers, the temperature in the surrounding desert areas can be brutal. So, if you plan on taking your dog to areas outside of Flagstaff for exercise or other activities, you should probably avoid selecting one of the following breeds:

French Bulldog

Dogs with flat faces, like the French Bulldog, don't do well in the heat. These type of dogs are known as brachycephalic breeds, meaning they have a number of conformation issues that makes it hard for them to breathe when it gets hot, including a smaller airway and larger tongues. They also have a harder time panting, which is the primary way that dogs cool themselves down. 


This breed does not carry around a lot of body fat and only has one layer of fur, as opposed to some breeds that have double coats. So, greyhounds lack the protective insulation against the sun that many other breeds have. 

Alaskan Malamute

This dog was bred to live in very cold climates. So, it's not surprising that it does not tolerate heat well with its thick double coat. Shaving a Malamute is not recommended, as the outer coat actually insulates and protects the dog from the sun's rays. 

Are you also searching for a dog-friendly apartment that will accommodate your new canine? Then, check out our pet-friendly apartments in Flagstaff. Our community includes dog park access as well as a variety of excellent amenities for you. 

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