Dog’s coats come in all shapes and sizes. Some dog breeds coats are really curly , others really short and some others really long or everything in between. Regardless of the length and shape of their coat, we love them dearly. Some dogs have a singular coat, whilst, others have a double coat, which is basically two layers of fur.
There are many benefits to a dog having a double coat. They can help insulate your dog in the cold weather (we have a great list of dog breeds suited for cold weather here) and they can trap the cooler air that is closer to the skin of your dog to help them in hot weather. That’s not all the double coat does for your dog, did you know that the double coat actually acts as a waterproof for your dog? The two layers work together to keep your dogs skin water free!
However, where there are so many benefits there is also a few drawbacks (not many, we promise). It’s well known that double coated dogs are in fact heavy shedders but fear not, a few brushing sessions a week should ought to do the trick as long as your brush is long enough to read the bottom layer of their coat! We don’t want your dogs hair to get all knotted and mangled as that is a very embarrassing trip to the dog groomers!
Please read below for The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Double Coated Dog Breeds to Cope With Difficult Weather”. 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 Double Coated Dog Breeds to Cope With Difficult Weather”
Temperament: Cute, Extroverted and Intelligent
Pomeranians are the definition of cute. Their large eyes on their tiny faces surrounded by their puffy fur make them exceptional show dogs. Pomeranians are alert and curious about the world around them and they sometimes forget their size! Pomeranians have a loud bark and make excellent watchdogs. Their looks and their personality are just some of the reasons as to why they are one of favorite small dog breeds.
Pomeranians are not an overly dependent dog breed therefore make an excellent choice for older people or those who are busy most of the day. They are one of our least active dog breeds in the world but like all dogs they do enjoy going for walks, which makes the Pomeranian one of the best dog breeds for apartments. In addition, they are also one of the best dog breeds for seniors.
The Pomeranian’s fluffy double coat is made up of a long, thick outer coat and a short, dense undercoat. It forms a profuse ruff around the neck that extends over the shoulders and chest. These dogs are moderate shedders but still need brushing a few times a week to prevent mats. Be sure to use a brush that reaches all the way through the coat to groom the undercoat.
The Pomeranian is one of our favorite dog breeds with a double coat. Their coat consists of that fluffy and long over coat and a short and dense undercoat. Their fluffy over coat gives the Pomeranian their distinct look. Fortunately, their coat is not as high-maintenance as it looks. Regular brushing and daily exercise is all you need to keep your Pomeranian happy. They are highly adaptable and once socialised can live in harmony with other pets.
Pomeranians typically live about 12 to 16 years, which makes them one of the longest living dog breeds. Pomeranians aren’t especially susceptible to many illnesses aside from luxating patellas (knee caps that have shifted out of place), so just be sure give your Pomeranian a good diet and take them for plenty of exercise which is why they feature on our healthiest dog breeds list.
In addition, Pomeranians are one of the best dog breeds for beginners and first time dog owners.
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. The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of our favorite dogs with a double coat. Their double coat is made up of a short wooly undercoat and a long and thick outermost which keeps them warm in the cold, 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: 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: 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: 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. In addition, this defensive nature combined with their sheer size means the Akita is one of the worst dog breeds for kids and families.
The Akita is one of our favorite double coated dog breeds. Their double coat is made up of a short outer coat with a thick undercoat. In fact, the Akita is known not to shed too much but they still need to be brushed at least a few times a week. Their coat combined with their loyal nature make the Akita 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 separated.
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.
Temperament: Independent, Protective and Proud
The Chow Chow is a said to be one of the oldest dog breed, and many genetic tests have proven that to be true. This ancient breed is believed to have been originated in Northern China and Mongolia. The Chow Chow is a very distinctive-looking dog breed with a mane of hair, which is why they are one of our favorite large fluffy dog breeds. The Chow Chow are a very proud and independent dog breed who are suspicious of strangers. However, the Chow Chow is known to be a lazy dog and is happy to lay on the couch for hours. What a good looking and lazy dog breed!
The Chow Chow needs an owner who understand and respects their independence but does not let the dog take over. It is imperative that the Chow Chow is socialised from an early age and introduced to new dogs, people and situations as soon as possible to ensure that they’re relaxed as adults. The Chow Chow is one of our favorite medium dog breeds!
Chow chows is one of our favorite dog breeds with a double coat, however, they can have two different coats, you could have a long (rough) double coat or a short (smooth) double coat depending on the individual dog. The smooth coat will consist of a slightly harsher texture than that of the long coat and they the smooth coat also lacks the ruff (main) around the head. The long double coat is made up of a dense and short outer coat with a soft and thick undercoat. It’s important that both types of coats need to be brushed at least two times a week.
Temperament: Friendly, Low Maintenance and Loving
The Leonberger was originally bred in Germany through cross breeding of Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and Great Pyrenees, with a number of these breeds featuring on our favorite fluffy dog breeds list, it’s no wonder the Leonberger is one of our favorite big fluffy dog breeds.
Leonbergers are massive dogs, weighing up to 170 pounds. Although they can seem intimidating, they are usually sweet dogs that make excellent family pets. Their lives revolve around their family and despite this dog being super fluffy, they don’t do well outside as they want to be with their family.
They are not, however, low-maintenance. The Leonberger is one of our favorite double coated dog breeds and just like most others on this list, they need regular grooming at least once a week. The Leonberger sheds a lot, but regular grooming should help keep the amount of fur around the house under control.
Leonbergers are known to prefer living within a pack of their own kind but they do get along well with other larger animals such as cats or even horses. Please note that due to their size they shouldn’t be left alone with children as they can potentially knock them over and hurt them by accident.
Temperament: Intelligent, Obedient and Protective.
The German Shepherd was originally bred as a working dog breed. The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds which means they excel in their ability to follow command and their bravery. Their main mission was to serve and obey their master. The combination of their intelligence and their instinctual willingness to learn and obey makes them one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world as well as one of our favourite working dog breeds.
When trained and socialised properly, their stable obedient temperament allows them to bond with all family members as they consider them to be part of their pack. This dog breed is one of the best guarding breeds and they will do anything, even put their lives at risk, to protect their pack. This makes the German Shepherd one of the best dog breeds for protection.
Due to their origins, they need to be kept occupied both mentally and physically therefore they require at least 1-2 hours of exercise per day to ensure they aren’t bored. German Shepherds have a lot of energy and require large amounts of movement everyday to burn their energy!
German Shepherds is one of our favorite double-coated dog breeds, therefore, they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.
The German Shepherd are also one of our favorite large dog breeds.
Temperament: Independent, Intelligent and Tough
The Pekingese, were once a dog of Chinese royalty and anyone who has a Pekingese will know that they still carry some royalist traits! Pekingese are an affectionate and independent dog breed who will pretty much do whatever suits them at that time.
The Pekingese is a very versatile breed and will thrive in almost any household, which are just a few of the reasons as to why they are our favourite small dog breeds. They are one of our least active dog breeds as they do not require the long walks of other more active dog breeds and like to cuddle on the couch.
The Pekingese is an intelligent dog breed, however, their independence can mean that training may be a challenge and they are not a great dog for beginners. They are an extremely vigilant dog breed which makes them a great watchdog! They are weary around strangers and take some time to warm up to them. In addition, the Pekingese tries to act bigger than it is and this will be by barking and nipping at intruders or people they are unfamiliar with, therefore, the Pekingese is one of the worst dog breeds for kids and families.
The Pekingese is one of our favorite double coated dog breeds. Their coat consists of a soft and thick undercoat as well as a coarse and straight outer coat. Their coat forms a little ruff around the Pekingese neck that looks like a lion’s mane! The Pekingese is not the heaviest of shedders, however, we we recommend brushing them with a metal comb once or twice or week to remove the tangles in their hair and the loose fur.
Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent and Tenacious
Labrador Retrievers make great pets for first-time dog owners due to their affectionate and loyal natures. The Labrador is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and they are frequently trained to aid those with blindness or autism. They are known for being calm and gentle, meaning they are a great family dog as well as a great companion to share the home with as well as being one of the best dog breed for kids and families. In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Labrador Retrievers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their family, and develop bonds with each member, not just with one person. They are friendly to everyone they meet and get along with other animals in the household.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the most active dog breeds and need around an hour exercise every day. This could be running, swimming, or fetch. They are an intelligent dog breed who get great satisfaction out of releasing their energy in fun ways.
Labrador Retrievers are one of our favorite double-coated dog breeds, therefore they require regular grooming to keep their coats nice and healthy. Their coat is made up of a short and thick outermost with a soft undercoat. Their coat should be brushed regularly as this can alert you to health and skin problems such as hot spots, hair loss or dry skin.
In addition, Labrador Retrievers are one of our top working dog breeds and one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world.
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