Originally Posted by Jackie from Concrete, WA
Thanks for your comments. I thought perhaps they suffered in the heat like a pugged nose dog. She really likes to be in the shade when it's warm out.
I suspect that Havanese in puppy cuts need more help with temperatures than dogs in full coats, as the full coat insulates them from both heat and cold. They certainly do NOT have the problems that brachycephalic breeds do, because there is nothing wrong with their breathing apparatus.
However, they don't have a lot of body mass, and their coats aren't particularly weather proof. I find that Kodi is fine down to about freezing, as long as it is dry and there is not much wind. If it is windy, or wet, he needs clothes in the winter. His coat is not the LEAST bit water repellent... in fact, it sucks up water like a sponge. And if it's windy, his hair is soft enough that you can see the wind parting it right down to the skin, letting the cold air through.
In hot weather, I find that the limiting factor, as it should be for ALL dogs, is the heat of the pavement. If it's hot enough that I can't hold my hand on the pavement, we don't walk on it. But in the same weather, they might comfortably walk in the woods. I ALWAYS carry water for them if it's warm out.