What Kinds of Dogs Fare Best in Cold Climates

When the mercury lowers, the best canines for the job shine.Most thick-coated dog breeds can handle colder weather since their ancestors originated in northern latitudes.

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To carry heavy goods in snowy terrain, Mahlemiut Inuit raised Alaskan Malamutes. Athletic dogs with dual coats give winter insulation. As large as 75 to 85 pounds, Alaskan malamutes can pull sleds, making them perfect for winter sports families.

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White snow The Pyrenese Mountains birthed the massive Great Pyrenees. Great Pyrenees adults weigh 85–100 lbs. Double coats keep them warm, although they shed inside (brushing helps). Cold-weather outdoor activities are quiet and require alone, so they adore them.

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Saint Bernards helped travelers cross the dangerous St. Bernard Pass between Italy and Switzerland to Rome. Thicker coats make them suitable cold-weather outdoor dogs. Our 120–180-pound dogs are only rivaled by their dedication to family.

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Russian elites created borzois, previously Russian wolfhounds, to hunt wolves fast in cold weather. Beautiful winter dogs with long, silky coats and even longer legs love running and playing in the snow, making them perfect trekking and jogging partners.

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Scottish Terriers—Scotties—are Highland dogs. The soft undercoat and wiry coating of these low-allergen dogs keep them warm. Scotties are independent but versatile, happy in an apartment or in the snow.

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Non-shedding winter house dog? Old English sheepdog-poodle mixtures are shepherdadoodles. They love exercise and can keep up with you in the cold owing to big coats. With its teddy bear appearance and cuddliness, they'll keep you warm all winter.

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Thicker double jackets make shibas excellent for chilly climates. They were designed to hunt animals in Japan's highlands about 300 B.C. Independent 17–23-pound dogs are dubbed cats of the dog world.

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Want an all-season low-shedding dog? Chilly short-haired dogs. Best winter thin-haired dogs: Border terriers. Due to their 15-pound weight and little upkeep, they like cuddling on the sofa and running through snow on chilly winter evenings.

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Another great short-haired cold-weather dog is the beagle. Despite the cold, these devoted dogs have a keen sense of scent and enjoy winter hikes. Their amiable nature makes them one of America's most popular breeds.

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Family pets and cold-weather dogs, Irish setters are famous for their red coats. Standing 2 feet tall, they're ideal for outdoor living than apartments. These smart, active canines will play in any weather with you.

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Large Caucasian shepherds, called Ovcharkas, are devoted and protective. From the Caucasus highlands, these huge, water-resistant canines were trained to herd sheep, kill bears (yes, really), and guard their owners' houses.

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Pomskies are Siberian huskies and Pomeranian mixes. Pomskies are energetic and loyal, with lovely faces and bright eyes. A Pomsky may be the perfect cold season house dog for huskie lovers in smaller homes or apartments.

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