Do you live in a cold environment and want a dog but are not sure which one will be able to cope in the cold? Fear not, The Pet Embassy have compiled our “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Cold Weather” to guide you in picking a dog that will not only be okay in cold weather but will thrive on it too.
Please read below for The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Cold Weather Adventures and Activities”. If you have a dog whose breed appears on this list or if you think your dog breed should have been on here, please let us know in the comments section below!
Please note that like any breed round up, all the following choices are subjective and are far from being exhaustive. We know there are many other wonderful dog breeds that could have made the list and the list is in no particular order!
The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Dog Breeds for Cold Weather Adventures and Activities”
Temperament: Dignified, Intelligent and Strong Willed
The Samoyed was originally bred to hunt animals, herd reindeer and haul sledges in Siberia. However, they also became a valuable companion for the Samoyede people in Siberia, helping with a lot of other tasks such as pack hiking and tracking. As they were bred in Siberia they need a dense, warm coat to survive, which is one of the reasons that the Samoyed is one of the best dog breeds for cold weather. They are so furry that they were also used for one more important task; keeping their owners warm by sleeping on top of them at night. The Samoyed also features on our large fluffy dog breeds list.
Like many other working breeds, the Samoyed are a very strong willed dog breed and may be determined to finish a task before moving onto the next one. The Samoyed is known to have only one true master but they are still a very friendly and loving dog breed who are kind to everyone, even strangers.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent and Loyal
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a loyal, intelligent and affectionate dog breed that are easy to train and happy to please. Bernese Mountain are well known for their looks and especially their tricolour coat and white “Swiss Coat” on their chest. Their coat is one that keeps them very warm, hence, a perfect addition to any family that want a dog for cold weather adventures.
The Bernese Mountain dog is a dog breed that is extremely strong and very well suited to heavy work as they were originally bred to be herders and sledge dogs. Despite the fact the Bernese Mountain Dog sheds heavily they are one of our favourite large fluffy dog breeds.
Dogs of this breed are great watchdogs, but that also means they have a tendency to bark — loudly. They may want to chase smaller animals and play roughly, even though they are quite gentle when fully mature and trained properly.
Temperament: Standoffish, Strong and Powerful
The Tibetan Mastiff is such an old breed that no one actually knows when the breed was originated. What we do know is that they came from the Himalayas. The Tibetan Mastiff has a wooly undercoat but their hair is relatively easy to care for.
The Tibetan Mastiff was originally bred as a guard dog for both livestock and property, however this large fluffy dog breed is usually found nowadays as a companion or a show dog, which, are just some of the reasons why the Tibetan Mastiff makes it onto our favorite big fluffy dog breed list. Their fluffiness keeps them warm in all conditions, which means the are an excellent dog breed for cold weather.
Despite their very large side, they are a very gentle breed who loves to be around their family whenever they can. However, they are known to be very standoffish and defensive around strangers.
Temperament: Gentle, Intelligent and Trainable.
Newfoundland is a large dog breed and is considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. They are naturally gentle and friendly with children and they are extremely protective of their family and have a deep love for children. Many fans of this breed say they are a “natural-born babysitter”, reiterating this point, is Nana, the fictional newfoundland who was employed as a nanny by the Darling family in Peter Pan? All of these reasons make them one of our favorite dog breeds for kids and families.
This particular dog breed is a great swimmer and will come to the rescue whenever they are needed. There are many accounts of the Newfoundland’s heroism. They have rescued many children from the cold waters of the Atlantic and saved many people following a shipwreck. Their ability to bear the cold means they are one of the bet dog breeds for cold weather, especially, if you leave near a large body of water.
The Newfoundland’s long, heavy coat seems to attract a lot of dirt and mud. They are extremely skilled at bringing dirt throughout the house, so you will need to alot of grooming to keep their coat clean and dirt free.
Temperament: Affectionate, Fearless and Strong Willed
The Great Pyrenees is very protective of its family and can in some cases be territorial. They will place their pack above everything else, which makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds ever. Sometimes they are reserved with strangers and can be aggressive to animals that do not belong to their pack. The Great Pyrenees can make great family companions due to their loving nature whilst also being gentle and patient with children.
With all that being said, nothing can take away from the fact they the Great Pyrenees has one of the best coats and they easily make it onto our favorite fluffy dog breeds list.
Originally bred to be used as a livestock guardian, they need lots of space to run. Their size alone means they are harder to keep in shape than other dogs. They are one of our favourite working dog breeds as well as one of our favorite herding dog breeds. We recommend at least a good long walk daily to keep them in shape as well as a healthy balanced diet.
Grooming a Great Pyrenees can be a lot of work due to their size and their thick coats. The coats need to be maintained regularly, however, this thick coat also means that the Great Pyrenees is a dog breed which is suited to colder climates.
Temperament: Calm, Friendly and Gentle
The St Bernard are one of the most energetic dog breeds and will run around for hours if they have the space to open their legs, indeed, the St Bernard is one of the most active dog breeds and they need regular exercise to stretch those strong and powerful leg muscles.
The St Bernard will thrive on spending time with their pack and they do not handle themselves well when they are left behind. Therefore, it is best to either take them with you or have someone around the house if possible.
The St Bernard forms a close bond to their master and also forms very strong bonds to other members of their pack. They are one of our most loyal dog breeds because they have the ability to form deep relationships with many members of their pack. When they are raised with children in the home, they too become part of their pack. This deep loyalty combined with their history in the Swiss alps make the St Bernard one of the best dog breeds for cold weather.
Both the short and long haired breeds need moderate care as their cots shed constantly, whilst the long-haired breeds can easily mat. They need an occasional bath to remove the water-resistant oils from their coat.
Temperament: Energetic, Sturdy and Powerful
The Alaskan Malamute is a powerful and sturdy dog which is built for both stamina and strength. These dogs are one of the oldest artic sled breeds and they were raise to help in the transportation of goods and people over long distances as well as to aid in the hunting of both seals and polar bears. They usually have a white body with grey, black, or brown markings, either way, they are one of our favourite large fluffy dog breeds.
The Alaskan Malamute is a dog that is very easily excitable and they require lots of exercise otherwise they will get bored and show some signs of destructive behaviour. Therefore, we would recommend early socialization to get your Alaskan Malamute to
The Alaskan Malamute were bred to have a thick dense coat to shield them from the extremely cold elements that they had to deal with when pulling sleds in the Artic climates, which means they easily make it onto our best dog breeds for cold weather list.
Temperament: Friendly, Gentle and Outgoing
The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated among a tribe of Siberian nomads called the Chukchi. Siberian Huskies were bred to pull sleds over long distances in tough terrain in Siberia, which has meant they have evolved into powerful dogs with a great thick coat. Siberian Huskies are adored by many for their friendly and gentle nature, this makes them lousy watch dogs, but, they are one of our favorite large dogs.
Due to their origins pulling sledges, the Siberian Husky is one of the most active dog breeds and have copious amounts of energy. Ensure you take your Siberian Husky on daily long walks, hikes or runs to keep their strength in their legs. These elegant dogs are happy to go on any adventure, however, their thick fur is perfect for keeping them warm meaning they are a great dog breed for cold weather, they are also are prone to overheating.
Also, the Siberian Husky is one of our favorite working dog breeds.
Temperament: Fiery, Independent and Stubborn
Shiba Inu was bred in Japan to originally flush birds and small game, however, over the years they have transitioned into being a loving companion.
Shiba Inus are a very intelligent dog breed and they will take to training very quickly, however, they are also a very stubborn dog breed so whilst they will understand what it is you are asking them actually doing it first time is an entirely different story.
Despite them not being the largest dog breed, the Shiba Inu needs lots of excerise. A nice run in the park or in the yard will suffice. Please note, the Shiba Inu is an escape artist so if you have a yard please ensure it is fenced up.
Due to their origins, the Shiba Inu is known to chase other smaller animals around so we would recommend not having smaller animals such as rabbit in your household before you bring back a Shiba Inu home. In addition, their fiery personality means that the Shiba Inu is not the best around other dogs.
However, their coat makes them an exceptional dog breed for cold weather and their intelligence can help in difficult situations.
Temperament: Alert, Courageous and Friendly
Originating from the Land of the Rising Sun, this Japanese breed is considered the National Treasure of the Country. The Akita of today is an extremely loyal dog breed that watches over his master and family members due in part to their roots as a guard dog. However, they can get defensive when it comes to unfamiliar people, places, and animals, so proper socialisation is necessary and they require their owner to be an experienced dog owner.
The Akita’s thick coat and loyal nature make them a perfect dog breed for cold weather activities as they will not get cold and they will also come back and find you if you get seperated.
The Akita is an intelligent and loyal dog breed, however, their independence and stubborn nature can be a problem if they aren’t properly trained. Akita’s require lots of training in their early stages. Using high value and high frequency rewards to motivate them is important. Once trained, they are incredibly loving and protective. Unlike many other large breeds, the Akita doesn’t require hours of exercise, they are generally happy with long brisk walks!
Akita’s have a thick undercoat and this is something that needs to be maintained regularly as they are also prone to malt.
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