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
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
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 Smithsonian.com, 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
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.
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.
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
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
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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