There are a number of things to consider when you’re planning to get a pet dog. A common detail that soon-to-be dog owners often miss out is the weather. Some dog breeds might not live comfortably here in the Philippines due to the heat and humidity.
Below are 10 dog breeds that will love the hot, tropical weather of the Philippines.
German Shorthaired Pointer
If you’re looking for a dog that fits your active lifestyle, the German Shorthaired Pointer might be perfect for you. They’re an intelligent breed that were once used as labor dogs. They can hunt, track, pull carts, and even go with you on your next outdoor adventure. Their maintenance is easy. They have short, flat, water-resistent coats that help them stay cool and repel dirt. They do need space to play and stay active, so they’re not the best choice if you live in a city apartment.
American Water Spaniel
A medium-sized pooch with a strong, stocky build, the American Water Spaniel is a great breed to have for tropical weather. They need physical exercise, as well as metal activity to keep them going. Their wavy coats help protect them against the weather. They also love staying near the water and swimming, hence their name. The American Water Spaniel are also very vocal, so you might want to train them to be a bit more quiet so as not to disturb your neighbors.
Among the larger breeds, the Great Dane is ideal for tropical weather. They’re not the most active dogs, but they love to snuggle. These dogs love the heat, which is why they’ll do well here. Originating from Germany, Great Danes are one of the biggest dogs around. Their coat doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, but you have to watch their diet since they’re prone to bone and hip problems. They also have shorter life expectancies compared to other breeds in the Mastiff family.
These dogs are one of the most intelligent breeds around. They’re great warm climate dogs and are perfect for active families. They’re not ideal for apartments since they need space to run around and play. Training is crucial for Border Collies since you don’t want a renegade ball of fur running around and breaking things in your house. Their herding instincts, trainability, and intelligence make them ideal for dog activities like disc dog, frisbee, and flyball competitions.
Australian Cattle Dog
Another herding dog, the Australian Cattle Dog loves challenges. The notable mark of this breed is the “mask”, or dark patch over one or both their eyes. They love the outdoors and are extremely active. Easy to train, these dogs also make a great player for dog activities. For maintenance, they have a rain-resistant double-coat that needs a good brushing once or twice a week. The Australian Cattle Dog is a loyal, dedicated breed that’ll make a wonderful family dog.
If you want a unique looking dog, the Airedale Terrier is a breed you might want to check out. They’re the biggest among the terriers, and they’re notably smart. This means that you have to give them toys and exercises to stop them from getting bored. The breed was originally developed for hunting on both land and water. They’re very playful and goofy, making them a good choice for kids. Their coat is easy to maintain. It can get a bit thick, but you can trim it down to help keep them cool.
Golden Rets are one of the most popular dog breeds in the Philippines. These dogs are known for their friendly temperament, intelligence, and low maintenance fur. They have webbed feet and water-resistant coats, making them good swimmers. They’re also very social dogs and will do fine in small apartments. Golden Rets can fit a chill or active lifestyle. They can bum around on the couch with you or be really active and play Frisbee at the park. These dogs also make a wonderful family dog.
Labs are gentle giants. They’re friendly, playful, and can live in both hot and cold weather. Like all Retrievers, Labs love spending time in the water. They also make great jogging companions. These fearless and protective dogs do well as guard and family dogs. Their loud bark can scare off anyone and alarm you of any possible danger. This high-energy breed is ideal for active owners who love going outdoors.
One of the few breeds native to the Americas, these dogs were once trained as hunting dogs. They have a lot of energy, which can make them a handful to take care of. You might need to walk them twice a day to keep them happy, but never take them out during the hottest time of the day. Their short coats help keep them cool and it’s easy to care for. They have a cute, puppy-dog look to them, but they can be stubborn. Training is essential for discipline.
Aspin or Askal
Although they’re not really considered a breed, nothing beats the resiliency and street-smarts of an Aspin. Short for “Asong Pinoy”, these dogs don’t come from a specific breed. In fact, a lot of them are just seen roaming around in our neighborhoods. Like people, dogs have been living in the Philippines for thousands of years. Research suggest that they came from dogs brought from different parts of Asia by traders. When the Spaniards came, European dogs also arrived with them. This complex mix developed the medium-sized, short-haired, pointy snout mutts that we commonly see in the streets today. In recent years, animal rights activists and organizations have raised awareness for the right treatment of these dogs. Consider adopting one from your local pound and give these wonderful dogs a better life.