Certain Dog Breeds Do Need Sun Protection – Does Your Pooch Make The List?

Cooling Off

Cooling Off

We love our pets; we buy special foods, lots of healthy treats and of course shower them with fun toys. I take my pups everywhere I go and though I am always prepared for anything it’s easy to forget that one of my dogs is actually prone to sunburn. I’ve had to incorporate an organization system to make sure each of my dogs have what they need while we are out hitting the trails! I’ve come up with two bags that I keep next to the door, one for Mikey and one for Foxy. Mikey has his sunscreen, bottled water and certain soft treats and Foxy has her kong ball, bottled water and of course some great raw hides! This system has helped me out more then I can tell you!
I never knew that Mikey was prone to sunburn until last year; once I found out I got prepared quick! I can see how people may not actually know if their breed is prone to sunburn or not because I was once there. The best way to know is to take your dog out, bring something for shade of course but evaluate them upon returning to see if they do in fact have effects of sun overexposure. If they do there are great doggie sunscreens out there and you can even use human sunscreen as long as you rub it in and keep them from licking it off. Below I’m going to list some dog breeds that may be prone to sun burn. This should help owners be more prepared when taking their beloved pets out for a day of play!
• Boxers
• Chinese Crested
• American Staffordshire Terriers
• Greyhounds
• Dalmatians
• Greyhounds
• Whippets
• Weimaraners
• White German Sheppards
Though my dog is not actually on this list he still get’s sun burns if he is out too long. It’s a good idea to just check your pup out after a romp around the lake or a small trail run. Check their belly as well, this area is especially prone to sunburn because the sun reflects off the ground and hits the underbelly of your pet. If you find they do have a sunburn placing a cold compress over the area should help relieve any pain. If it’s raised or blistering taking your pet to the vet would be a good idea. Our pets depend on us completely so keeping them safe from sun burn is just another way we show how much we care about them!

Do you have a dog that is not on the breed list that has experienced sun burns?

We would love to hear your personal stories! Tell us about it!

Sarah Shade


50+UPF Sunny Sleevez

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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10 Responses to Certain Dog Breeds Do Need Sun Protection – Does Your Pooch Make The List?

  1. I read an article somewhere that a lion was discovered with Melanoma on his nose. The sun is eeeevil!

  2. I have a white (with some black spots) pitbull, he has a pink nose and needs sun protection every day. I use an all natural 55+ baby sun protection on him. It’s zink based and works pretty good. sometimes he licks it off, but I contacted a veterinarian that told me that it was harmless for him, and that I could apply it several times a day.

    I use the same on some of my horses, with pink/white muzzles.

    I always enjoy your posts 🙂 Thank you!


  3. scriptedfuture says:

    Good article! Owning Boxers all my life I would add that white Boxers need protection more than brindle or fawn. Their light colouring makes them prone to sunburn.

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  5. I have a friend with a white Maltese. She has long, silky, thin hair. You can see through to her skin in places and it’s very pale. My friend uses sunscreen or lightweight doggy garments.

  6. Cilleriania says:

    Really good info to get out there. Another reason dogs get sunburn on their bellies is that some dogs love sun-baking with their legs in the air! The belly is one of the main places we see sun changes (solar keratosis) and sun-related cancers.

  7. locketuplady says:

    Something far too many overlook! I have two furbabies, one’s so fluffy she needs no sun protection, but shades to keep cool. The other is a dalmatian-whippet X, both candidates on your list! We use baby/sensitive skin sunscreen when we have to and shade when we can.
    Excellent post!

  8. sandrabranum says:

    Reblogged this on SandraBranum's Blog and commented:
    I didn’t know this; did you?

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