The Dog Breeds That Love the Snow

Norwegian Elkhound

The ancient Nordic Norwegian Elkhound hunts moose and bear in its frigid climate. The breed preserves these traits and makes a superb winter companion.Smart and active, they're wonderful for active individuals who can challenge them.

Saint Bernard

The Swiss Alps' Saint Bernard was trained to rescue frozen tourists in snowstorms. Their thick coats keep them warm.Smart, obedient St. Bernards are loyal. Their size requires extra training, but they make great family dogs.


Newfoundlands were originally used by fisherman to draw nets in cold waters. Snow lovers love their thick, warm outerwear.Newfies aren't workhorses, despite their reputation. These loving dogs are terrific family companions.

Old English Sheepdog

The Old English Sheepdog, known for its long, distinctive coat, arose in the western counties of England in the early 19th century, herding sheep and cattle into major city markets. In frigid climes, its thick coat gives insulation and style.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes, the oldest and largest Arctic sled dogs, are superb cold-weather dogs. While playing in the snow, their coarse coats keep them warm.Life with a Mal is never boring since this smart, athletic breed hates boredom.

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog's intelligence, strength, and agility helped them pull carts and drive cattle in the mountainous region where the breed originated, while their long silky coat kept them warm in the cold.


The cold-tolerant Siberian Samoyed herded reindeer, hunted, and hauled sledges.Smart, sociable canines enjoy to explore. Their up-for-anything attitude and weather-resistant outerwear often take them outside in the cold and snow.

Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies, the 19th most popular dog breed, are from Northern Asia and have thicker coats.Sled dogs are energetic and need regular exercise. Nome celebrates the Siberian Husky. 

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