Dog Breeds That Thrive in Cold Weather & Snow

Karakachan Bear Dog

The Karakachan Bear Dog, or Bulgarian Shepherd, is a livestock guardian. He is used to roaming with his herd and has to be patient and kind with cattle but prepared to fend off predators that pose a threat to his animals. He still makes a great family companion, although he does enjoy sleeping outdoors in the snow.

Caucasian Ovchakra Mountain Dog

The Caucasian Shepherd has moderate deep-set, dark eyes. The ears are densely covered with hair for insulation. The hips are slightly raised from the line of the back. The tail is profusely covered with long feathering of heavy hair. The Caucasian Shepherd is not recommended for apartment life. They need space and will do best with at least a large yard. Because its thick coat protects it so well, it can happily cope with living outdoors provided it has proper shelter.

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff has an incredible head of hair and he uses his double coat to protect him from the cold and wet of the Tibetan mountains. They are an expensive dog and are rarely kept as pets. Unusually, this breed is comfortable in warm weather as well as in the cold weather and snow.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is probably the best known of the dogs for cold weather and has become very popular in recent years. However, he has serious wanderlust, loves climbing on top of just about everything, and he has a stubborn streak that can make him difficult to train. He will need a lot of exercise, but will excel in sports like pulling and sledding.


The Siberian Samoyed was bred to hunt reindeer. He was also used to pull sleds, which means that he has power and strength, as well as agility and a keen love of the cold weather. As a family pet, he is fun to own and will provide you with a lot of excitement and fun.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow will love spending every possible opportunity out in the cold weather and especially the snow, so he will truly appreciate you taking him out even in the harshest of conditions. As a general rule, Chow Chows are quite standoffish towards strangers and appreciate their alone time at home more than the average snuggly dog.

Akita Dog

The Japanese Akita has become increasingly popular but was once reserved solely for ownership by the Japanese Imperial Family. He has a dense coat that protects him from snow, but as a family pet, he can be difficult because he is challenging to train and displays a very stubborn side.


The Newfoundland is a huge giant of a dog, and his size and stature are only increased by the amount of long hair he has. This heavy coat protects him from the icy cold waters. Although he barks very little, potential owners should be aware that Newfoundland is known for being a heavy drooler.

Saint Bernard

When it comes to heavy drooling, though, very few breeds can compete with the incredible St. Bernard. This gentle and loving dog was used as a rescue dog. He can trek across miles and miles of snow and will provide plenty of affection even after such an arduous journey.

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