Cold weather is not for everyone. Some people would be happy lounging on the beach all day every day, while others actually enjoy the snow and the cold. Just as some people are better suited for cold climates, so are certain dog breeds. Specific breeds of dog have thick, double coats that enable them to withstand lower temperatures than other breeds. If you live in a cold climate and you are looking to find a new dog, consider one of the ten breeds listed below.
- Siberian Husky – These dogs have thick, double coats that protect them in the winter against very low temperatures. The Siberian Husky excels at winter dog sports like sledding and they are particularly happy when tramping through the snow.
- Alaskan Malamute – A large working breed, the Alaskan Malamute has a dense double coat that protects it from not only the cold, but the wet as well. The outer coat is coarse and thick while the undercoat is soft and woolly. These dogs have high exercise needs, but they are a very healthy breed with an average lifespan of twelve to fifteen years.
- American Eskimo Dog – With a name like that, how could this not make our list? This medium-sized breed is a Nordic-type breed known not only for its long, soft white coat, but also for being affectionate with family. American Eskimo Dogs are well adapted to cold temperatures and they particularly enjoy spending time outdoors.
- Bernese Mountain Dog – These large dogs come from Switzerland where they are used to pull carts and herd cattle. They also make excellent watchdogs. The Bernese Mountain Dog has a medium-length, thick coat of black, brown, and white fur. This breed is very friendly and is known for being particularly good with children.
- Komondor – This breed is known for its long mop-like coat that grows in thick cords, which enables it to deal well with cold weather. This breed was developed in Hungary for guarding livestock, but this dog also makes a great family pet.
- Chow Chow – Developed in Northern China, the Chow Chow is known for its thick, plush coat and its tail, which is carried curled over the back. These dogs are one of the oldest recognized breeds; although they can be aloof around strangers, they form strong bonds with family. This breed is often said to have a cat-like personality.
- Great Pyrenees – This large breed was developed by shepherds in the Pyrenees Mountains as a livestock guardian and it is known for its thick white coat. These dogs grow up to 32 inches tall and can weigh as much as 120 pounds but, for all their size, they are still very friendly and gentle.
- Newfoundland – The Newfoundland was developed as a working breed used to carry heavy loads and to rescue troubled swimmers. This breed is very large and powerful in build, standing up to 28 inches tall and weighing up to 10 pounds. Its coat is thick and black with the outer coat being coarse to the touch.
- Keeshond – This medium-sized breed is one of the oldest in existence and it closely resembles its ancestor, the Samoyed. The Keeshond weighs up to 45 pounds and has a thick double coat colored with various shades of gray, cream, and black.
- Saint Bernard – This giant breed descended from a number of mountain breeds including the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, the Tibetan Mastiff, and the Great Pyrenees. Saint Bernards were used as rescue dogs during the 17th century, helping to save people trapped by avalanches.
Although these breeds are particularly well suited to cold climates, this does not necessarily mean that these dogs can be kept outside year-round. But they should all warm you up when you snuggle with them on a cold night!
Article reviewed by a veterinarian