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10 Best Winter Dog Breeds

Like humans, most dogs prefer a warm climate but some of them can thrive in cold weather and do not need to be dressed in the winters. Generally, dogs that thrive in snowy climate have dense coat that insulates them from the elements. In this article, we are introducing ten dog breeds that are best suited for the cold climates.

1.Siberian Husky


Originating from Northeast Asia, Siberian Husky is used for dog sledding. They are medium-sized, graceful members of the Working Group and are known for their distinct wolf-like appearance. These dogs have a medium length, double-layered coat which acts as insulation against both heat and cold. Their fur is usually black and white, and gray.



Hailing from Japan, this breed of dogs was once only owned by the imperial family. The statue of this loyal dog was also given as gifts to new parents to bring happiness, health, and a long life. Originally bred as a cold-weather hunting companion with a harsh outer coat and dense undercoat, this dog can often be stubborn and independent, but will remain loyal and protective to its family.

3.Tibetan Terrier

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Tibetan Terriers are built to withstand extreme climate and terrain of its home country of Tibet. They have flat, large, round feet that provide them traction in heavy snow (much like snowshoes) and a protective double coat. These dogs are gentle and make for a great companion both on the outdoor adventures or relaxing on the couch. They were originally bred and raised in monasteries 2,000 years ago and used for herding sheep as well as retrieving items that off mountainsides. These dogs are agile, excellent in the snow, and love to climb.

4.Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Bred to run, roam and haul heavy load, the Alaskan Malmute is a cold-weather canine. They are great cold weather dog breed because of its origin, as they come from Alaska and are the largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs, having been used for freighting in Arctic. They have a coarse, thick coat that keeps them warm.

5.American Eskimo Dog

.American Eskimo Dog

Originating from Germany, this breed of dogs was originally called the White German Spitz and renamed after the World War II, most likely for its white coat. This compact and playful dog has coat that resists soaking and thick ears to stay warm in the low temperatures.

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6.Anatolian Shepherd


This mountain dog is rugged and tough, but still agile and able to handle long treks. Initially used as a flock guard in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago, this breed of dogs has low energy but it is very protective. These dogs should know who is their boss from the beginning and will then welcome strangers that their owner introduces.

7.Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

This breed of dogs is known for its speed, strength, and agility; but will still be completely devoted to its owner. With its gentle temperament and low exercise needs, they are widely preferred by the working couples. These dogs were originally bred as a driving and drafting dog in Switzerland. They are sturdy and large enough to carry their own gear and some of yours, too.

8.Chow Chow


This breed of dogs is best known for its woolly coats and black tongue, which make it extremely tolerant to cold temperatures. If you are owned by a Chow Chow and love the outdoors, then you should take Chow Chow everywhere you go in the snow. They are most delighted when they are with their owners.

9.German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Known for their guarding, herding, and police work, German Shepherd dogs are agile, strong, and hard workers that have a lot of energy and learn quickly. This breed of dogs commonly suffers from the hip dysplasia, which can likely be avoided by buying from the credible breeders.

10.Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

This breed of dogs was once used to herd livestock on steep mountain slopes of France. This dog breed weighs in at 80 to 100 pounds, and is elegant and calm. These dogs love winter and their thick, double coat protects them from all but the most arctic of temperatures.


Shikha Sharma believes that Mother Earth is our mutual abode, where all creatures have an equal right to live with dignity. This belief is clearly reflected in her wonderful writing pieces that revolve around animals and their well-being. She is the blog editor of Pets World.

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