A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes in the last few years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared to record levels.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One thing to take into consideration is that some dogs simply can’t handly the heat.
These breeds will quickly tire – and even become ill – if they are exposed to hight temperatures for an extended period of time, so won’t thank you for long walks in the sun and don’t enjoy living in warmer climes.
Here are the 10 breeds of dog that hate the heat.
Breeds of dogs that have flat faces are referred to as being brachycephalic and the Bulldog falls into this category. They have narrow nostrils and airways meaning they can find it hard to breathe properly when they get too hot - so overheat further. If it's hot outside, skip taking that extra walk with your Bulldog. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Alaskan Malamute
Considering the Alaskan Malamute has been bred over centuries to pull sleds over freezing Arctic tundra, it's perhaps not surprising that sunbathing isn't really their thing. Their thick, fleecy coat means they just can't cool down when the temperature rises. The same goes for their close cousins, the Siberian Husky. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's thick coat, relatively short muzzle and long ears combine to make them struggle in the heat. This can be exacerbated if they are carrying extra weight. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Akita Inu
Bred to survive extreme temperatures in the snowy Japanese mountains where they were developed, the Akita Inu has a thick coat that is designed to keep heat in. They should be kept in the shade whenever possible. Photo: Canva/Getty Images