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Havs and Heat

Now that warmer weather is fast approaching, I wanted to get some feedback on the Havanese breed and hot weather. When do you walk your Hav in the summer? Early morning and later in the day when it's cooler? I've heard they "run hot" so I'm assuming they don't like to be out in the heat.

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I live in Florida, so it's hot a lot, and nasty hot in the summer. Neither of my dogs like the heat, and when it's really hot, other than for a quick pee, I only take them out in the early morning or in the evening. I also keep large water bottles in the freezer, and have water and a bowl with me in the car at all times if we go out. You never know. I've also brought spray bottles with ice water in them if we have to be out and about. I've sprayed down the paws and tongues of more than one Frenchie in the dog park.
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For being a Cuban dog, Shama is not too keen on heat. She prefers to lie down in the shade over moving in the sun. As far as walking goes, I wouldn't ever try to walk her in the heat of the day. She's not much of a walker in any season, however. She frequently sits and refuses to advance, even during a short (around the block!) walk. One pleasant surprise about Shama is how much she enjoys being outside in the snow (even on really cold days here in Minnesota). We stomp out a path around the perimeter of the yard, and she just runs and runs!
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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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