Arizona does not have an official state dog. The unofficial state dog of Arizona is the chihuahua. The Chihuahua’s thin coat and small size makes it especially susceptible to cold, and this breed does well in a hot climate like Arizona. The breed has its origins in Mexico and is therefore no stranger to heat.
The three most popular dog breeds in Arizona are Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other dog breeds that are popular and do well in Arizona include Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, Pit Bulls, Beagles, Border Collies, and Labradoodles.
There are various things you need to keep in mind before choosing the best dog for Arizona. For example, do you live in an apartment or do you have a home with a yard where your pet can run around and stretch their legs? Also, you’ll need to take into account the Arizona weather which does not lend itself well to dogs with thick furs.
Dogs that can do well in the hot climate of Arizona include German Shorthaired Pointer, Great Danes, Airdale Terriers, American Water Spaniels, Australian Cattle Dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and American Foxhounds.
The important thing is to pick a breed that adaptable to the Arizona climate. Any breed with the right kind of coat (short hair, no fur, or a single coat) will do well in the state. The other important thing for dog parents in Arizona is to never leave their pooch unattended in a hot car or outdoors for extended periods outdoors. Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated.
If you are in the market for a purebred puppy in Arizona, check out the Puppy Hero for Arizona breeder listings. We have dozens of responsible breeders in Arizona and surrounding areas that can give you the perfect little bundle of joy to take home and provide years of companionship and joy.