Monday, November 29, 2010

Best dog breeds in Cairns

Everyone has their own favorite breeds of dogs and cats, but some breeds go much better in the tropics than others.
I recently wrote about the rising popularity of pugs and warned about how these little guys really struggle in the tropics.  With their breathing difficulties and sensitive skin they really struggle. 
Its natural to think of super-short coated breeds as being best for the tropics, yet Cairns Vets see a lot of skin problems in short-coated Cairns Pets such as Shar-peis, Mexican Hairless dogs and Devon and Cornish Rex cats.  Often their skin type is dandruffy, greasy or sensitive, and they seem to be very prone to allergies.
The most popular Cairns dog breed is Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and they seem pretty well suited to the tropics superficially, but many of them suffer from skin and ear problems and their high metabolic rate means they tend to get hot easily: their temperament isn't for everyone, but they are popular family pets.
I'd love to know what you think are the best dog breeds for Cairns.

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