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Paz is most likely part Bichon and part poodle. Funny but yes, she gets "tan" in the summer -- I can see the tan lines from her harness when I wash her.
I'd suggest getting a doggy t-shirt that covers as much of her back as possible (you can get them pretty cheaply), but also letting her go without it an increasing amount of time each day so that she develops some "tan" of her own.
Paz just gradually tans up from her winter paleness, kind of like we do. And she stays in the shade during the heat of the day, which also helps against sunburn. Her pads also toughen up against hot sand and rocks.
She looks delicate, but she's pretty tough: even in summer in the tropics, she'll go for 4-mile walks on black pavement (hot, I know, but she has the option of walking on the grass and she chooses the pavement). Not bad for a 6-pound bit of fuzz with legs that are only 6 inches long!
You're going to have a GREAT time with your new best friend!
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Last edited by CarolynShearlock; 03-19-2011 at 11:43 AM.