The only time I have ever seen Ella drop down to the ground to rest on a walk was when we were in Scottsdale hiking up Camelback when it was about 80 degrees. The hike is only half as long as hikes we do regularly in Colorado, but she had to be gently coerced to keep moving on the descent and would drop down to rest in any patch of shade we came upon. It seemed strange given their reputation as a heat loving dog. It is also about the only time I have ever sent her pant…And she loves snow.
If it's hot here but no humidity, Buddy will lay down here and there on walks. I even bring cold water in a bottle and give him a little here and there when he wants it. Buddy prefers the winter I think. We do the early morning walks but in the afternoon we try to walk on streets that are tree lined so the pavement is cooler.
I never walk my oldies when it's too hot as I think it must be a strain. When they lie out in the heat they regulate their body heat by coming in to the cool every now and again.
My young dogs get excited on their walks and get extremely hot in the sun but it never seems to affect them apart from needing drinks.
Like humans, some tolerate heat better than others. I can't take mine out till almost sunset and early in the mornings, then only to quickly pee, it is so humid and miserable. They scurry out to do 'serious business' in the yard later, and right back into the AC. My Topper was heat intolerant even as a 2 year old dog.
Anne in Tampa
'LOL MY black tri will just stop, drop and lay in the shade on warm days… the r/w will beg to go outside at all times and many times to "SUNBATHE" .... i have had to carry the tri too. silly pups.'
Tris and b/w will obviously not tolerste the heat as well as the r/ws. Try wearing all black clothing in the sunshine and you'll see why!
I find it very interesting that Basenjis do come in dark colours considering where they originated but then of course in the forests there would be plenty of shade.
My 18 month old Shaye, who lies in the sun in the hottest of weathers, also pants and slows down earlier when taken for her walks in the humid weather here in Florida. At dog parks, even in the heat she runs herself ragged, but we have to step in and take her home earlier than she likes, because it really does do her in. The phrase "dog days of Summer" I am sure comes from the fact that just like us, the heat and humidity drains them.