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Havanese certainly don't have a worse time in the heat than most breeds... And CERTAINLY not like the northern Spitz breeds with their dense double coats, specifically meant to hold the heat in. Nor do they have the problems of many brachycephalic breeds with compromised breathing apparatus which just makes heat even more problematic.
However, you DO need to be more careful in the heat with all breeds. People who run agility with their Havanese in the southern states often keep them cool by making sure their coats are wet. (yucky, but it DOES help!) and making sure they have cooling mats to lie on between runs. For even pet dogs, keep them out of the sun in the hottest parts of the day. Make sure you carry water for them, and offer it often. Probably MOST important, if you walk on pavement, is to check the heat of the pavement. If you can't hold your hand on it, your dog shouldn't be walking on it. This means that early morning walks are likely to be the best bet. You can have to wait quite a while in the evening (usually until well after sun down) for the heat to dissipate from pavement enough to be safe for them to walk on.
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