It’s that time of year again when residents of Montreal begin packing up and heading south for the winter. They head out to cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Dallas where the air is warm all year and they don’t need to suffer as they do during those cold winter months at home in Quebec.
However, you don’t want to go alone, so you are thinking of getting a dog who will keep you company here at home but also do as well in those southern areas. Since you will be spending most of your time in Canada, you want to know what dogs do best in colder climates but will also fare well in Dallas, for example. Here is some important information you should have.
Best Breeds for Colder Weather
While most shepherds do well in colder climates, they also do well in southern regions as well. Even breeds like Huskies can be found living happily in Texas, so don’t be afraid to bring them along with you. Other dogs that do well in cold weather include:
- Chow Chows
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
- Swiss Mountain Dogs
- Karakachan Bear Dogs
Bear in mind that when you reach Texas, you may find your dog shedding a bit more than usual, but daily brushings should keep hair on your clothes and furniture to a minimum.
Contact a Dog Walking Service Before Leaving Home
Since dogs usually adapt easier to changes in the weather than you can, it’s advisable to contact dog walking services before embarking on your winter trip south. Dog walking Dallas services like those offered at Wag! can be booked online in advance – they even offer a free dog walk if you’re quick enough to claim it! Dog walkers can meet up with you on your very first day and since they know the area, it would be easier for you to give your dog the exercise it needs even on day one.
Crossing the Canadian/US Border with a Dog
You’ve specifically found a dog that does well in colder weather at home and have done your research as to whether or not you can expect that dog to do well in warmer climates too. You have everything ready, your Dallas destination booked for several weeks, and it’s time to think about heading south. Now the only thing left to know is how to bring your dog across the border with you. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you need to have proof that your dog is healthy and has had its rabies shot or booster.
Many Canadians choose dogs that do well in colder climates but also want to bring their faithful friends with them on their annual trip south during the coldest winter months. Don’t be afraid to choose a cold-weather breed because dogs are more resilient than we humans are and can adapt easier to rapid changes in temperature. The one thing you may want to understand is that the extra warmth may necessitate additional water throughout the day, and that is yet another reason you’ll want to have that dog walking service lined up! Extra water means extra walks, and with that prearranged, you can enjoy the warmth of the Dallas sunshine without overdoing it yourself. Isn’t that a pleasant thought?