Summer Alert: Which Dog Breeds Are at Higher Risk of Heat Stroke?

Summer heat calls for special care, not just for you but for your furry companion too. Rising temperature increases the chance of heat stroke in certain breeds. Although all dog breeds are prone to heat-related issues, however, certain breeds are at a higher risk due to their physical traits and genetics. So, don't let this season take a toll on your furry friend’s health. We have compiled a list of dog breeds with their unique traits that expose them to heat stroke. Check out the blog below on Summer Alert: Which Dog Breeds Are at Higher Risk of Heat Stroke?

Brachycephalic breeds

Bulldog, Pug, Shih Tzu, Boston Terrier, Affenpinscher, and Boxer

Thick-Coated Breeds

Coolie, Golden Retriever, Huskies, Saint Bernards, Malamutes & Samoyeds

Toy Breeds

Pomeranian, Maltese, Shih Tzu, Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, Pug and Poodle

Elderly & Overweight Dogs

Above 11 years/ Weight varies as per the breed size

Working and Sporting Breeds

Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers, Husky, Rottweiler, and German Shepherds

1. Brachycephalic Breeds

Brachycephalic breeds are prone to heat stroke because of short noses and flat faces. This includes breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers and more. Their cooling mechanism is not well-built to regulate the body temperature properly due to shortened airways. This means that in hotter weather, they can overheat them very quickly. 

2. Thick-Coated Breeds

Breeds with thick, double coats are the second most likely to face heat-related issues. These are foreign breeds whose coats are built to match the snowy climates, which easily overheats them during summer. So if you have breeds like Golden Retrievers, Huskies or Saint Bernards, make sure to follow a regular grooming routine.

3. Toy Breeds

Small breeds like Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers, and Poodles also remain vulnerable to heat. They have more surface area as compared to their volume, which can make it tough to cool themselves down. Additionally, they are not as effective at cooling as larger breeds.

4. Elderly and Overweight Dogs

Age and weight can both make a dog more prone to heat stroke. Older dogs might have trouble moving around or exercising, affecting their temperature control systems. Likewise, overweight dogs have more insulation and struggle to release heat. So if you have a senior or overweight dog, give them extra care and attention in summer. 

5. Working and Sporting Breeds

Breeds that are bred for intense physical activity may push themselves to the point of overheating with excessive exercise. These breeds are highly playful and may not readily show signs of distress. Thus, owners need to monitor them closely during outdoor activities.

Summer Care Tips for Dogs 

  • Grooming: Fur acts as a protective layer against the sun's harmful rays and other environmental triggers. So, it is not advisable to shave your dog completely during summer. Instead, go for a shorter length trim while maintaining their natural undercoat.
  • Exercising: Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, take them outside in the early morning or late evening when it is cooler. 
  • Protect the Paws: Hot ground or sand can burn or crack your dog's paw pads. Use Cool Pet to ensure 100% natural protection for your dog’s paws and heat-prone areas. 
  • Hydration: Just like humans, dogs too need plenty of water, especially during hot weather. Ensure access to fresh, clean water, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Provide Shade: When your dog is outside, ensure they have sufficient shade such as under a tree or a canopy.
  • Parked Car: The inside of a car can quickly reach dangerous temperatures. So, leaving your dog in a parked car, even for a short duration, can be fatal.
  • Bug Protection: Summer brings out pesky bugs like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Use  100% natural and vet-approved Tick Free Spray.

FBS Special

Sun protection for dogs

To beat the summer heat, Fur Ball Story brings to you Cool Pet. It is India's First Sunscreen for Dogs that is made using 100% Ayurvedic ingredients. Cool Pet is an advanced moisturizer for dogs that protects your dog's skin and pas from scorching summer heat. Simply apply a generous amount of Cool Pet on your palm and massage gently on your pet's snout, belly, paws and other areas that do not have hair and are exposed to heat. It keeps your pooch cool and moisturized during summer.


Regardless of breed, it is essential to prevent heat-related issues in dogs. Consult your veterinarian for personalized advice if you're concerned about your dog's ability to manage the heat. By knowing these vulnerabilities, you can take measures to ensure the safety of your pooch. Offering shade, water, regular breaks, and avoiding outdoor activities in extreme heat, can help prevent heat-related illnesses and ensure a pleasant summer for your dog.