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    my shep lets me know when shes hot and wants a swim because she gos over to her water bowl and paddles in it and then digs the water out of the bowl and lies in it =S

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    my shep lets me know when shes hot and wants a swim because she gos over to her water bowl and paddles in it and then digs the water out of the bowl and lies in it =S
    Yeah my boy's water bowl get's swapped for a huge horse bucket in summer to meet his increased thirst, but he likes to dunk his entire head, from the shoulders down, completely under water and sucks the water up. I think when he lifts his head out he takes at least 5litres in his mane!!

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    mmmm...see now I always thought that the double coat protected the Sibes from heat as well as cold.
    Tropic heat would distress any dog if appropiate care wasn'ty taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    my shep lets me know when shes hot and wants a swim because she gos over to her water bowl and paddles in it and then digs the water out of the bowl and lies in it =S
    My male Mal does the same thing, when its really hot they get the kids paddle pool!

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    yeah well thats what we've brought for her we havent filled it yet because its not been very hot but we will and i doubt we'l be able to get her out of it shes a water dog through and through, wve also brought her a doggie life jacket so we can take her out in the boat!!

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    My shep also does the water trick. She is forever paddling in the water buckets. Must invest in one of those shell pools for her. I think the other dogs are sick of drinking muddy water. LOL.
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    I get so angry when I see people out with their dogs in the middle of the day in summer. I once saw someone running with ... I think it was a Jack Russell or something. I should have said something to the idiot
    And what about their feet on the hot pavement??!

    Even Taya doesn't handle heat very well. She only has a medium length coat but being black she gets quite hot in the sun. So I time our walks accordingly.
    She also has a shell pool - she'll go for a 'swim' when it's not even that hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malinois-72 View Post
    Hah! Who told you that, & if so why do they suffer heat stroke more than other breeds? I know several vets who agree with me on that. Sheep? I honestly dont mean to offend you but that statement is a bit silly. These breeds do not handle heat as well as other breeds, I thought anyone who worked with dogs knew that, its basic knowledge, its one of the first things I had drummed into me when I first started training in Sydney.
    You really annoy me. Mainly because you think you know all this stuff which you do not.

    No one told me this, I learnt it.
    I work with a vet 5 days a week!

    Do you know why they say dont shave a dog with a double coat? Because they need it for this exact reason! These breeds DONT suffer heat stroke more than others, Im assuming you just made that up.

    Why use sheep as an example? Because its THE EXACT SAME!
    My grandfather doesnt sheer his sheep till the end of Summer because 1)They get sunburnt and 2) It keeps them cooler!
    I could have used the horse as an example if that makes you happier. A horse doesnt need a rug in the middle of Winter because their hair stands up and traps warm air, same as in summer.

    As a sum up, they DONT suffer from heat stroke more than any other breed. You keep them cool in the exact same way you keep a Pug cool, or a Dobie cool.
    They are double coated. Their hair traps cool/warm hair, depending on how hot/cold they are.
    As an answer to your question, its not ok to walk ANY breed around on a hot day at noon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    mmmm...see now I always thought that the double coat protected the Sibes from heat as well as cold.
    Tropic heat would distress any dog if appropiate care wasn'ty taken.
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    Hey Guys,

    I'm no expert on the Sibes of course, but have spent quite a bit of time with a few of them over the years - at the moment, 2 of them who live in Cairns of all places (relevant to the discussion). From what I have learned, Aussie and Chopmeister have it right on - the double coat does indeed provide protection from both cold and heat. There's no disputing they're a cold climate dog but some of the passionate and responsible owners of Sibes in warmer climates would probably debate that they are cruel to their animals. I think the point of the original thread was more about the irresponsibility of people walking their dog in the middle of the day? - I think anyone seeing that (particularly if it was a long haired dog) would be inclined to think like you Malinois, with good reason!

    I guess the responsible owners take steps to ensure that their dogs are exercised and maintained cautiously with great respect to the climate conditions. I know my friends take this responsibility seriously and implement steps to make sure they are comfortable and not distressed. I guess we wish that all dog owners did the same thing - Sibes and ALL breeds! I have NEVER seen these dogs distressed in the years I have known them .. and yes, I have often looked closely because I had wondered how Sibes dealt with the extreme heat. I know the climate of Cairns and it is brutal at times so I can see why people have question marks over the matter. Oh and for the record - no, I would never own a Sibe or the like in an area like this .. but that's just me. But I do respect the opinions of knowledgeable and responsible Sibe owners.

    Have a great week guys,
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    ps .. there is a pic in the 'friends' album on my page of Lola and the 2 Sibes I mention above - that one was taken on a typically freakin' hot Cairns day! Worth a laugh!

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