Let’s face it: some dogs simply handle winter weather better than other breeds. While a Chinese Crested dog may never see the outdoors between the months of October and April, certain breeds thrive in wintry conditions. Are you a lover of the great outdoors when the temperatures turn freezing and there is snow on the ground? The best dog breeds for winter are described here.
The Siberian Husky is a breed that was literally born for extreme weather conditions. Originally bred as a working dog in Siberia, the Husky is happiest pulling freight through heavy snow. With a thick double coat that can withstand temperatures as low as -50o C, it is safe to say that these dogs don’t mind when the weather grows cold.
Akitas originate in the mountainous region of northern Japan, an area known for long, cold winters. Like its Siberian Husky cousin, the Akita has a double coat that provides plenty of insulation in cold weather. Also like the Husky, this breed makes a great running, hiking, or sledding partner when the air is chilly.
The Alaskan Malamute is a northern breed that looks similar in appearance to the Siberian Husky, primarily because it has the same cold weather adaptations as the stereotypical snow dog. As a breed that loves snow – as well as people – these dogs would love to help you build a snowman in the backyard or engage in a snow ball fight.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a breed that originated in the Swiss Alps, where temperatures routinely dip into the -30o C range. Originally bred for drafting and driving over the mountainous terrain, this dog thrives in the snow (as well as on technical trails), and will gladly carry your gear on a day-long hike.
Chow Chows originate from the cold and snowy northern China region and are best known for their puffy coats. In fact, in China the breed is referred to as “puffy-lion dog.” Thanks to its thick coat, Chow Chows can tolerate extremely cold temperatures. They love their humans and the snow, and will gladly accompany their owners on winter excursions.
The Great Pyrenees was originally used for herding sheep in the mountains of France, which is known for its cold and snowy winters. While the thick, double coat of the Great Pyrenees might mean extra work for the owner when it comes to grooming, this dog is sure to remain comfortable on even the coldest of days.
No introduction is necessary for this Canadian breed, but it is safe to say that Newfoundland dogs appreciate the outdoors, particularly cold and snowy weather. Weighing up to 68 kg (18 kg of which owners claim is fur!), this dog is sturdy and durable. The Newfoundland does well in all weather conditions, and is happiest when swimming in cold water, hiking in the mountains, or romping in freshly fallen snow.