7 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Cold Weather

When winter arrives, so does the cold weather. However, some dogs thrive in the cold and actually enjoy it! (Please note: Although these breeds are accustomed to cold temperatures, it is important to not leave them outdoors for extended periods on chilly days as they can still suffer from frostbite and hypothermia.)

Here are seven cold-weather dog breeds that relish in spending time in the chilly weather.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute howling outdoors in winter.
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The Alaskan Malamute, the eldest and largest of the Arctic sled dogs, has a thick, coarse coat that provides warmth while they were used for freighting in the Arctic.


Keeshond playing in the snow.Keeshond playing in the snow.
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The Arctic origins of the Keeshond make it well-suited for cold climates. This breed has a thick coat that kept it warm while working as a watchdog on riverboats in Holland.


Newfoundland at the AKC National Championship.Newfoundland at the AKC National Championship.
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The Newfoundland dog boasts a heavy coat that served to protect it from the icy waters it was initially bred to work in, making it well-suited for colder climates.

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound standing outdoors.Norwegian Elkhound standing outdoors.
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Hailing from Scandinavia, the Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed with Nordic traits, accustomed to hunting in cold climates. These traits make them excellent companions in cold weather.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff standing outdoors in the snow.Tibetan Mastiff standing outdoors in the snow.
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The Tibetan Mastiff, developed in the cold of the Himalayan Mountains, features an immense double coat that provides insulation.

Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky standing outdoors in the winter.Siberian Husky standing outdoors in the winter.
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The Siberian Husky, another breed that thrives in colder temperatures, originated in the cold climate of Northeast Asia and was bred as a sled dog. Their thick coat, comprised of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse top coat, provides excellent insulation.

Saint Bernard

7 Dog Breeds That Thrive in Cold Weather