Why Do Dachshunds Overheat Easily?
They Love To Be Warm
Dachshunds love taking warm sunshine naps inside and outside. They literally melt like butter in the warm heat of the sun. Problem is, they can get overheated fast – without knowing it. Don’t let your doxie bask in the sunshine too long.
My Dachshunds will literally hunt for that special sunny spot beaming down from a window. At least inside, we have air conditioning to keep their body temperature cool.
Dachshunds are natural born hunters and they are famous for intense digging. They love to dig down deep to catch those little moles that hide in your backyard.
Help your doxie take small breaks from their dig to rehydrate and cool down. Again, your dog can accidentally overdo it without knowing any better. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
The Dachshund dog breed is prone to obesity. Any extra body fat acts as an insulator and can heat up quickly.
Dachshunds who are overweight are less energetic and tend to act more tired. Carrying that extra weight can make them overheat and make it harder for them to breath.
If your Dachshund needs some help losing those extra pounds, check out our How To Keep Your Dachshund Healthy Post.
If your Dachshund has any issues with their thyroid, they will be more prone to overheating and heatstroke. The thyroid is in charge of regulating their internal body temperature. If they have a thyroid issue, it is best to keep them out of the heat.
Coat Thickness and Color
If you have a long-hair, black-colored Dachshund, they are more at risk of overheating than a light-colored doxie. This is because of their fur thickness and dark color.
The color black absorbs all light and heat. The darker the doxie, the hotter the doxie.
Now, on the other hand, having a lighter or whiter Dachshund can have it’s cons as well. My Dachshund, Eko (pictured below) is more at risk for sunburn because he is white and has short, thin fur.