Best Breeds For Cold Climates

If you have lived in a cold climate, you know that not every person is suited to living in cold weather.  Some animals are not suited to living in the cold either, but there are some breeds who thrive there.  If you love the snow and love the beautiful parts of this world that are cold, you’re dog should be able to enjoy it with you.  Here are some of the best breeds for cold climates:

Big Breeds:

1. Bernese Mountain Dog

Originally bred as a drafting and driving dog in the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Mountain Dog has a long history of lots of outside work in cold.  It is a breed characterized by agility, strength, and speed, but makes a lovable companion to anyone.  They love children and thrive in cool climates.

2. Anatolian Shepherd Dog

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has roots in a 6000 year old hunting breed which originated in Turkey.  This breed has been used for years to guard livestock in mountainous rugged terrain, and they adapt to hot dry summers (shedding their double coat in warm weather) as well as cold winters.

3. Newfoundland

Used extensively in search and rescue missions in the icy Canadian waters, Newfoundlands are well suited for extremely cold weather. They have thick oily waterproof double coats that protect them from freezing temperatures.  They are known for their immense strength as well as their docile natures and make wonderful family pets.

Medium Breeds:

4. Samoyed

If there ever was a winter dog, it would have to be the Samoyed!  These dogs were originally bred in Siberia to hunt, haul sleds, and guard and herd reindeer. Samoyeds are known for their “sammy smiles,” which they’re sure to get after lots of time outside playing in the snow.

5. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are known for their thick wooly coats which makes them great dogs for cold weather.  Another distinct trait of the Chow is his black tongue, a trait only shared by his cousin breed the Chinese Shar Pei. They love the outdoors and will love accompanying you on winter adventures.

6. Siberian Husky

Originally bred to be sled dogs in the cold climates of North-east Asia, the Siberian Husky is a perfect cold climate breed.  These arctic dogs enjoy lots of outside play and exercise time, and especially love playing in the snow.  They are beautiful dogs, but are not for everyone; Huskies require owners that are willing to show them who’s boss and who can keep an eye on this escape artists.

Small Breeds:

7. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

While Cardigan Welsh Corgis are not necessarily well suited for the winters in Siberia, they do very well in mountainous areas with cooler climates.  They enjoy a good romp in the snow, but also love coming back inside to cuddle with you.  These highly athletic and affectionate dogs are well suited to people who can give them the exercise and love they deserve.

8. Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier is a dog truly engineered to withstand the cold.  His flat, large, round feet provide for great traction in icy conditions and waterproof double coat make him a great dog for the coldest of climates.  They make great outdoor companions and absolutely adore climbing.

9. Keeshond

First used as watchdogs on riverboats in Holland, this fluffy affectionate pooch makes a great companion or family dog.  His thick fur and undercoat protect him from harsh temperatures and his active temperament make him a dog built for activities which require lots of physical endurance.  While Keeshonds love being outside, they prefer to live inside for the most part maintaining active roles in their owners’ lives.


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