Nine Dog Breeds At Higher Risk Of Heatstroke – And What You Can Do To Prevent It

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By Emily J Hall, Anne Carter and Dan O’Neill in The Conversation.

As temperatures begin to warm up, it might be tempting to take your dog for a long walk or run to soak up the weather while it lasts. But it’s important to exercise caution, as dogs can easily develop heatstroke in hot temperatures.

However, some dogs are at greater risk of heatstroke compared to others. Our latest research has identified which dog breeds are most likely to suffer from heatstroke.

We found that nine breeds, in particular, had a significantly higher risk of heatstroke compared to labrador retrievers:

  1. chow chow (17 times more likely to suffer from heatstroke)
  2. bulldog (14 times more likely)
  3. French bulldog (six times)
  4. French mastiff (five times)
  5. greyhound (four times)
  6. cavalier King Charles spaniel (three times)
  7. pug (three times)
  8. English springer spaniel (three times)
  9. golden retriever (three times)

Purebred dogs had twice the risk compared to crossbreeds. The labrador retriever (traditionally the UK’s most popular breed) had a similar risk to crossbreeds, so we used it as the model breed for comparisons.


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