- tibetan mastiff
- saint bernard
- norwegian elkhound
- siberian husky
- cold safety
- alaskan malamute
With winter comes the cold. But some dogs don’t hate the cold; in fact, several breeds absolutely love it! (Note: Just because these dogs were bred to withstand cold temperatures does not mean it is safe to leave them outdoors for long on cold days. They, too, can get frostbite and hypothermia.)
Here are seven cold-weather dog breeds that may enjoy some time in the chilly weather.
The breed’s Arctic origins make it well-suited for cold climates. The Keeshond has a very thick coat that kept it warm when it served as a watchdog on riverboats in Holland.
An ancient breed from Scandinavia with Nordic traits, the Norwegian Elkhound is used to hunting in the cold climate it came from. These traits have stayed with the breed and it makes a great cold-weather companion.
Another breed that does well in colder temperatures is the Siberian Husky. The Husky originated in the cold climate of Northeast Asia and was also bred to be a sled dog. They have a thicker coat than most other dog breeds, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat.