Cold Weather Dog Breeds That Love the Snow as Much as You Do

Looking for a dog that loves the snow as much as you? Believe it or not, there are a variety of cold weather dog breeds that can withstand freezing temperatures and love to run and play in the snow. From mountain dogs to sled dogs, we share seven dog breeds that love the snow, ahead.

1. Chow chow

Chow-Chow dog in studio

Chow chows are bred for the cold. | Evgeny_Kozhevnikov/Getty Images

Thanks to their infamous black tongues and thick, woolly coats, chow chows can withstand extremely cold temperatures, making them ideal snow dogs.

2. St. Bernard

St. Bernard rescue dog in Zermatt

These gentle giants will stay warm. | Emmepiphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Named after a dangerous pass in the Western Alps, St. Bernards were made for snow. In fact, some of the earliest depictions of St. Bernards show the dogs trekking through the pass.

According to, an Augustine monk founded a hospice and monastery to help trekkers across the grueling pass in 1050 and later, between 1660 and 1670, the monks serving the hospice acquired their first St. Bernards as companions and watchdogs.

3. Great Pyrenees

great pyrenees dog resting from guarding sheep

This breed is made for winter adventuring. |

With their thick, double fur coats and love of winter, great Pyrenees dogs love the snow. According to the Great Pyrenees Club of America, they are considered mountain dogs and were once used to herd and guard sheep in Asia and Europe.

4. Newfoundland

Beautiful Newfoundland puppy

Newfoundlands are great cold weather companions. | Rzoze19/iStock/Getty Images

When it comes to cold weather dog breeds that love the snow, Newfoundlands are at the top of the list. Originally bred to work in icy waters, the Canadian dogs have ultra heavy coats and strong bodies that protect them from frigid waters and snowy mountains.

5. Samoyed

A Samoyed is seen during Dog Lovers Show at Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park on November 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Their thick coats keep them warm. | Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Originally from Siberia, Samoyeds were originally bred to work in the snow. From hunting to herding reindeer and even hauling sleds, their thick coats keep them warm in freezing temperatures. In addition, they’re extremely playful dogs known for their “Samoyed smile.”

6. Tibetan mastiff

They have a double coat to insulate them. | Laures/Getty Images

Looking for a cold weather dog breed that loves snow and warmer temps? Look no further than a Tibetan mastiff. Once mistaken for an African Lion in a Chinese zoo, these fluffy creatures have a thick double coat, as well as an undercoat that grows heavier in winter and sheds into a lighter layer in summer.

7. Alaskan malamute

Alaskan malamute

These dogs adapt well to the cold. | Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Similar-looking to Siberian huskies (another cold weather dog breed), Alaskan Malamutes are the ultimate snow-loving dogs. Originally from Alaska, these cold weather dogs are one of the largest and oldest types of Arctic sled dogs and were once used to haul heavy loads through snow and freezing temperatures.

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