With winter weather quickly approaching, you might be wondering what breeds are most likely to be found frolicking in a fresh dusting of snow. Just like humans, there are some pups who love the cold weather and others that hide at the first sight of snowflakes!
Using a dog breed finder tool like PuppyViewer’s, you’ll find important information about all purebred dogs, like their breeding history, their cold weather tolerance (or intolerance), and what else you can expect when you welcome them into their FURever home.
Today we’re paying tribute to five of our favourite purebreds that simply can’t get enough of winter!
Of course, we had to add the St. Bernard to the top of this list!
Originally bred as rescue dogs in Switzerland, St. Bernards are very tolerant to cold and love the snow. Basic manners and social skills are easy to achieve with this breed, and if training is continued, they can make excellent therapy and search and rescue dogs. St. Bernards have made thousands of rescues in the cold and snow of the Alps following the devastation left behind by avalanches.
One thing to note about the St. Bernard – while they have a ton of heart and personality, they also have a ton of drool! Keep this in mind if a St. Bernard is a breed you’re considering.
The Alaskan Malamute was originally bred as a sled dog to haul people and supplies and also hunt game. The breed’s double coat helps protect it from the elements in cold, harsh climates.
Alaskan Malamutes need lots of exercise and regular grooming and brushing. While a very trainable breed, Alaskan Malamutes become bored very easily, so be sure to keep your training sessions interesting!
Great Pyrenees have thick water-resistant double coats and love the snow. Originally bred as working livestock guardian dogs, Great Pyrenees need lots of regular exercise and ample time to roam and explore.
If you’re looking for a fearless, protective, noble and loyal pup that doesn’t mind a bit of cold weather, a Great Pyrenees might be for you!
The Newfoundland Dog is a gentle giant who is also intelligent, dignified, patient, loyal and loving. With a soft, dense undercoat and water-resistant outercoat, Newfoundland Dogs love the outdoors and aren’t afraid of a little cold weather.
With positive, consistent training from an early age, Newfoundland Dogs are likely to learn quickly and become well-rounded companions.
Just like the St. Bernard, Newfoundland Dogs come with a high drool factor, so be aware before deciding to bring one home.
Originally bred as herding/guard dogs for reindeer in cold climates, it’s no wonder that the Samoyed made this list!
These dogs are active and energetic and needs lots of regular exercise and time to roam outdoors. They can make excellent hiking or camping partners and enjoy sports like agility and sledding.
A Caution About Snow-Loving Pups
As with any breed, there are some cautions that come with each of these snow pups mentioned. For example, while their thick and plentiful coats keep them safe from the cold, it’s important to know they also have some substantial fur issues and grooming requirements. There are also space requirements to consider – if one of these breeds are on your wish list, make sure there’s lots of room for them to roam. Big dogs and small apartments aren’t a great match!
What other winter-loving purebreds would you add to the list above? If you’re wondering whether or not your dream dog would thrive in winter weather, check out the PuppyViewer Breed Finder tool for basic breed information. If you’ve done your research and are ready to take the next step, register as a Dog Owner with PuppyViewer today to find a reputable registered breeder near you.