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Shae Killey4 years ago

Thinking about adopting a new four-legged friend?

Picking the right dog for your lifestyle can be tough! There are many variables involved, and one you might want to consider closely when living in Cairns is the warmer climate. Cairns is currently in its cooler months, but once summer comes along the hot weather may be extremely dangerous for your dog. While most dogs will stay healthy if cared for appropriately, there are certainly some types that handle the hotter climate better than others. Whether you and your partner are looking to adopt a small fluff ball for the apartment or you've got a big backyard and want to fill it with an energetic dog, we've found a few breeds you might want to consider.

Border Collie

smiley and active,  border collie
smiley and active, border collie

One of the most intelligent and athletic breeds of dog, these working-class animals are sweet and loyal, but need to be kept occupied. While the border collie may be well suited to the hotter climate, be sure you have plenty of room on your property to let this energetic dog run wild – topped with extensive daily exercise. They thrive on praise and will be extremely loyal if given the chance.

Golden Retriever

Puppy cuteness overload, golden retriever
Puppy cuteness overload, golden retriever

Perhaps the most popular breed of dog in Cairns, golden retrievers are intelligent, kind and caring which make them the perfect family pet. Their loving nature makes them extremely safe around the little ones, but if you’re expecting a guard dog, look elsewhere as this loveable breed is even kind to strangers. Golden retrievers are also natural swimmers, so feel free to take them to the your local Cairns beach and watch them swim for hours.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Playtime, Chesapeake Bay retriever
Playtime, Chesapeake Bay retriever

Similar to golden retrievers, the Chesapeake Bay retriever also loves the warmer weather, as well as long walks on the beach. They are an obedient breed and prefer a dominant master, but you will need to have patience with them as puppies as they are known to be slow learners. Not ideal for apartment life, be sure these little furry guys have plenty of room to run around in your Cairns backyard.


Perfect for any Cairns apartment, chihuahua
Perfect for any Cairns apartment, chihuahua

If you’re only allowed small dogs where you live, or you want a pet who enjoys a lot of affection, then you may want to look into adopting a chihuahua. Suitable for apartment life, chihuahuas are notoriously faithful and protective of their owners. Be careful however, just because they are small you shouldn’t let them do as they please, as they can very quickly become destructive and disobedient.

Here are a couple of places you can take your new best friend for their first check up.

Balaclava Veterinary Surgery

Friendly staff, Balaclava Veterinary Surgery - Cairns
Friendly staff, Balaclava Veterinary Surgery – Cairns

If you’re looking for an affordable yet professional vet who will be very careful and patient with your precious new dog, look no further than the Balaclava Veterinary Surgery. Conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, you won’t have to travel far to get your dog the best medical attention. From your dog’s first vaccines, to tick prevention, all the way through to surgery, you can count on the team at Balaclava Veterinary Surgery to do a great job.
Where: 378 Mulgrave Rd Cairns, QLD 4870

Centenary Park Veterinary Clinic

Come inside! Centenary Park Veterinary Clinic - Cairns
Come inside! Centenary Park Veterinary Clinic – Cairns

When you decide to bring a pet into your life, you want to make sure they’re not carrying any illness or injuries. Book an appointment with the team at Centenary Park Veterinary Clinic and their experienced staff will perform check ups and do all the necessary due diligence to make sure your dog is perfectly healthy. Perhaps you’re worried your little four-legged friend is acting strangely? You can never be too careful! Schedule an appointment today and have the experts at Centenary Park Veterinary Clinic take a closer look.
Where: 80 Supply Rd, Bentley Park QLD 4869

Know any other dog breeds that may be suited to the Cairns climate? Let us know in the comments below.