I need a dog that can handle very cold and very hot weather. any ideas? I live in North ar. weather is always changing..

Where i live we have temps of almost 120 in the summers, lots of rain tornados and thunderstorms in the spring, temps as low as -20 and as much snow as 2 feet in 2 days, and somewhat calmer falls. We had a lab/ brittany and it loved the weather here. it had a white line from its neck to his belly and was a medium shade brown and was medium sized. we were thinking of a german sheaperd is that a good idea? it it is or not any other suggestions. we have 4 kids all 10 and above.

Asked by Member 1071920 on Nov 20th 2011 in Mixed Breeds
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The weather can change alot down here can it..

German Shepherds can be good for hot/cold weather.. But cold weather here in AR is best to keep a dog inside, during the night it will drop a lot..

^ thats a good website to find a good dog with hot/cold weather conditions....Dogs with medium hair would be suitable for hot and cold weather..

Member 1002749 answered on 11/20/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Bruno CGC

German Shepherds do okay in heat- just don't make it do hard work or exercise in the heat of the day, always have shade and water available. Air conditioning is even better. They come in a range of coat types from the very short "mole" coat to the long Collie-type coat. You want the short-coat variety. GSDs LOVE cold weather and snow, most seem to barely feel the cold.
Other things to note about GSDs are that they shed like mad (all coat types) often have a stormy adolescence before settling down as adults, and are prone to many health problems. Other than that they are fabulous dogs and you'll improve your chances of getting a good one by going to a reputable, experienced breeder, not just someone who advertises in the classifieds, and definitely NOT from a pet store.

Bruno CGC answered on 11/20/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


A german sheperd is a pretty good dog though if you have kids under the age of 14 don't even think about it. German shepards really tend to bite and are grumpy. I would say it's best to have a mix breed.

Pumba answered on 11/22/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Okami Amaterasu

Most double-coated dogs do well in both heat and cold. Their fur obviously keeps them warm in the winter and it also traps air between the fur during the summer to keep them cool. You still need to be careful though in the summer; plenty of drinking water and a dog shouldn't be left outside for any length of time.

However, you must be aware that double-coated breeds (like the german shepherd) require a good amount of brushing, especially when they "blow" their coat.

Okami Amaterasu answered on 11/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer