What Dog Breeds are Best Suited for Cold Weather?

What Dog Breeds are Best Suited for Cold Weather?

Samoyed laying in snow

Winter is here, and while humans may reach for an extra layer of clothing or a hot cup of cocoa, our canine companions need some special adaptations to keep them warm. From Arctic wolves to Siberian Huskies - there are certain breeds that have evolved over time with the ability to brave even the iciest conditions! So, before winter wraps its cold fingers around us all, take some time to find out which dog is best suited for those frosty days ahead.

Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes

No list of cold-weather dog breeds would be complete without mentioning these two Arctic natives—Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Huskies have been bred as sled dogs since ancient times, so it’s no surprise that they do quite well in cold climates. With their thick double coats and webbed feet, these dogs can survive temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius with ease. Malamutes are another breed that is well adapted to colder climates, thanks in part to their dense fur coat which helps them to regulate body temperature when outside in extreme conditions. They also have a strong work ethic which makes them excellent hikers during winter months too! They both love playing in the snow and will happily join you on your next ski trip!

Newfoundlands and St. Bernard's

Newfoundlands are known as the gentle giants. This breed was bred to work on fishing boats off the coast of Canada so they’re more than capable of handling cold temperatures thanks to their long water-resistant fur coat and webbed feet which help them swim easily through icy waters. This breed has an extra-thick coat that helps it withstand even the harshest weather conditions. Similarly, St. Bernard's have long double coats made up of coarse fur on the outside and soft fur underneath that helps insulate their bodies against frigid temperatures. Not only do they look super cute all bundled up in a scarf and they also make great family companions who love being around people.


Samoyeds are beautiful white fluffy dogs with an incredibly thick coat made up of both short and long fur which helps them stay warm even in sub-zero temperatures. They were originally bred by Siberian nomads to help herd reindeer and pull sleds, so it should come as no surprise that Samoyeds can handle colder climates with ease! In addition to being perfect for cold weather, Samoyeds are known for being friendly and outgoing—they get along with children, other pets, and strangers alike!          

Golden Retrievers and Labradors

These two popular breeds of dogs do well in winter weather. Their thick double coats help keep them warm in cold temperatures and their friendly and cheerful personalities will ensure they're always up for a walk. Golden Retrievers are especially great when it comes to wintry weather because of their ability to stay outdoors for extended periods of time. Labradors also have an impressive tolerance to cold temperatures due to their thick fur, which makes them excellent outdoor companions during the winter months.  

No matter what breed of dog you choose, if you’re living in a cold climate it’s important to provide them with proper nutrition like Health Extension Dry Dog Food, for healthy skin and coat and to help protect against the elements. If your pup loves spending time outdoors, then investing in some winter-friendly gear such as sweaters, jackets and booties to ensure they stay warm while having fun this winter season! With so many different breeds out there it can be hard to decide which one is right for your family; but hopefully this list will give you some insight into which ones do best in colder climates.! So, get ready for some fun winter adventures with your furry friends!

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