Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

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Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

Winter is the most beautiful season of the year. But not everyone is the biggest fan of winter. While some love the snow and the games that come along, others prefer staying insides within the warmth of their homes. Like humans, even dogs have a choice when it comes to weather. A Mexican hairless dog cannot survive easily in snow, and a tropical climate is not suitable for a Siberian Husky. Here are some dog breeds best suited for cold weather.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky breed originated from the harsh climate of Siberia and was used for pulling sleds. They are very active and independent breed of dogs that love cold weather. They are great escape artists and need supervision when left alone in the yard.

Alaskan Malamute

They are often confused with Siberian Husky or American Husky, their closely related cousins. They are built for the harshest weather on the planet with their beefiest double coats. They are strong and have the ability to tow more than three thousand pounds. They are known to be extremely intelligent and exceptionally friendly.

Saint Bernard

They are the most iconic winter dog breeds and famous for being rescue dogs in the treacherous Alps weather. They make a perfect family pet as they are very affectionate and easily trainable. They make an ideal nanny for these dogs to have a softer side that many fail to notice.

Bernese Mountain Dog

It is one of the most beautiful cold-weather breeds of dog you will see. They can survive in just about any condition, especially chillier ones. They make an excellent hiking companion and known for their love for adventure. They are also known for being affectionate and friendly, but they are not meant to be guard dogs.

Tibetan Terrier

Don’t be fooled by its size as a Tibetan Terrier weighs anywhere between 15-35 pounds on average. They have a large and remarkably thick double coat that is well suited to cold weather. They are athletic, smart, agile, and outgoing. These dogs need a lot of grooming to keep them healthy and happy.

Newfoundland

They are the most intimidating but loving and affectionate breed of dogs in the world and are called ‘Gentle Giants’. They are widely known as nanny dogs as they are marked by patience and friendliness, making them the ultimate winter dogs.

Akita

They were originally bred in the mountain regions of Northern Japan and are known for having heavy bones, making them extremely tough. They have thick and short double-coat that are weather resistant that makes them an excellent pet for cold weather. They are the descendants of ‘Matagi’, Northern Japan’s traditional winter hunter dogs.

Other breeds of dogs that are suitable for the harsh winter weather include the Norwegian Elkhound, Keeshond, American Eskimo Dog, Caucasian Shepherd, Tibetan Mastiff, Great Swizz Mountain Dog among others.