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Cold-Weather Dog Breeds

Do you enjoy the chilly temps of winter or do you prefer to live in a warm climate year-round? If cold weather doesn't stop you from hiking outdoors, then a furry snow dog might be the perfect adventure buddy for you.

The shorter, darker months of winter can negatively influence a person's mood, but having a cozy, lovable fur-friend may be uplifting for some people. If you're searching for an adorable, winter-loving dog or just want to look at fluffy doggos, then keep scrolling!

Here are 17 cold-weather dog breeds and "floof nuggets."

Tibetan Mastiff 

black brown tibetan mastiff smiling

These large Tibetan Mastiffs are comfortable and more active in cold climates with their fluffy double coat to keep them insulated. They were originally used for guarding sheep and local tribespeople by patrolling the area from large predators- including bears and tigers. Tibetan Mastiffs may be intimidating, but they are loyal guardians with a mellow temperament.

Siberian Husky

siberian husky smiling in winter

This athletic Northern breed dog was bred to pull sleds and run long distances, which requires a lot of exercise to stay mentally and physically healthy. The Siberian Husky is very friendly family-dog, so don't expect them to be an intimidating protection dog. There's never a dull moment hanging out with this husky's entertaining, vocal personality.

Shiba Inu

shiba inu dog breed

The Shiba Inu is a small, energetic pup who loves to play in snow and is popular in Japan where it originated. Dog owners should have an active lifestyle to match this dog's high demand for exercise.


samoyed dog

Samoyeds were originally bred for herding reindeer, pulling sledges and hunting with their thick white coats to keep warm in the frigid Siberian climate. This playful breed is known for its contagious "Samoyed smile," making them a happy, loving companion.

Saint Bernard

saint bernard dog breed

Chances are you've heard of the Saint Bernard, as it is one of the world’s most famous dog breeds. This giant breed can weigh up to 200 lbs. and although it may not be super energetic, the Saint Bernard has a history of walking miles through deep snow. You can expect Saint Bernards to be patient and careful with kiddos. 

Norwegian Elkhound

norwegian elk hound

The Norwegian Elkhound is an intelligent watchdog prone to protecting their owners. Bred for endurance and hunting in the cold climate, the Elkhound is excellent for joining its human friend on long hikes.


newfoundland breed black dog

Newfoundlands or "Newfies" are considered the perfect family dog. This gentle, drooling giant makes a great nanny with its friendly and protective nature. Weighing between 100 and 150 lbs, Newfies are actually amazing swimmers and love adventure.


kuvasz puppy

Kuvasz means "armed guard of nobility" in Turkish, which is fitting for this fearlessly protective mountain dog. This loyal companion needs to burn a lot of energy, so an adventurous owner, especially a winter-loving one, would make a perfect match.


keeshond breed

The Keeshond has a thick coat for cold weather and unique markings similar to eyewear on its face- referred to as "spectacles." This friendly breed requires an active lifestyle, but are quick learners and always excited to play with its family. 

Great Pyrenees

great pyrenees breed

The Great Pyrenees is another gentle, fluffy giant with a thick white coat and a calm disposition. Bred for herding livestock on rugged terrain, this dog will enjoy relaxing with its human companion after a long hike.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

greater swiss mountain dog pup

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs or "Swissies" are powerful draft dogs ideal for a person looking for a strong hiking buddy rather than a high-energy endurance pup.

Chow Chow

chow chow

A dog so nice they named it twice 😉 ! The floofy Chow Chow has a distinct black tongue and a wooly coat for tolerating frigid temperatures. They're very loyal to family and will happily join you on winter walks.

Bernese Mountain Dog

bernese mountain dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog would be a perfect companion for an outdoorsy dog owner. They are a powerful breed, weighing close to 100 lbs and built for long hikes. Although the Bernese Mountain Dog has low exercise needs, they're excited for backpacking and exploring with their human companions.

Anatolian Shepherd

anatolian shepherd breed

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are known for their protective instincts, guarding their owner, livestock, children or other family pets. This breed requires a strong, dominating leader to handle its demanding and protective nature. Although Anatolian Shepherds are dedicated working guard dogs, they are calm and loving with their family. 

American Eskimo Dog

american eskimo dog breed

The family-friendly American Eskimo Dog is considered one of the most trainable dog breeds as they are intelligent and eager to please. Its owner needs to devote a lot of time to exercising this energetic pup. Fortunately, its white coat keeps it comfortable while playing outside on those chilly days. Eskies require a variety of toys and games to keep them mentally stimulated too. American Eskimo Dogs are bred in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy.

Alaskan Malamute

alaskan malamute dog

The Alaskan Malamute has a long history of pulling sleds through the cold Arctic terrain. This large, friendly doggo is considered a pack animal and needs a clear leader. Malamutes are compassionate dogs who love to run and exercise with active human companions. Ski-joring and bike-joring activities are perfect for these pups.


akita dog breed

The Akita symbolizes "good health, happiness and long life" in Japan where this breed originates. Historically used as a cold-weather hunting partner, Akitas have a courageous spirit and are very loyalty to its loved ones. 


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