We might think of winter as a time to keep our pups indoors. But a lot of dogs love the cooler weather and have winter in their DNA! If you live in a colder climate, our puppy specialist Callie Woods has a list of chill pooches that love a good snow day!
Originally bred as sled dogs, the Siberian Husky has risen to fame quickly throughout the country. This breed has a thick layered coat made up of a dense, cashmere-like undercoat for insulation and a coarse top coat that is almost impenetrable. Talk about layering up this winter!
Bernese Mountain Dog
The hardy, long-coated Bernese Mountain Dog hails from the snowy area of Switzerland, and is most at home in cold weather. This breed has it all—strength, speed, and agility—which makes them perfect for trekking through the snow.
Named after an Inuit tribe in Alaska, the Alaskan Malamute was bred to pull sleds in harsh climates. This breed could be considered the oldest and the largest of the Arctic sled dogs. Their coats are very thick and coarse, like a Husky’s, but you can recognize a Malamute by their fluffy, plumed tail.
With all that fur, it’s no wonder the Great Pyrenees likes to cool down with some winter temperatures! These guys are named after the Pyrenees mountain range in southwestern Europe where they guarded herds of sheep. Great Pyrenees have a weather-resistant double coat that protects them from the elements.
A Saint Bernard is a great pup to have with you in the snow. They’re considered working dogs and are best known in history for locating travelers caught in snowstorms or avalanches. Saint Bernards have low energy and aren’t necessarily super playful, but they make up for it with affection and willingness to work.
The Newfoundland’s thick and dense coat makes it the perfect dog for snowy winters. These dogs are well known for their water rescuing abilities. But don’t be fooled into thinking they can only swim—a strong body and double coat make them versatile and made for the mountains as well.
Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs are known for being herding dogs with a well-insulated and stylish coat to protect from chilly weather. Of course, an English dog would have a nice coat! These sheepdogs have a shuffling walk or trot reminiscent of a bear.
All of these breeds were made for the snow and ice, and even thrive in the colder conditions. If you’re looking for a furry friend that’s ready to make snow angels, these pups are great choices.