The 20 Best Cold Weather Dog Breeds:

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Huskey in snow
Husky pup in the snow

Outside Magazine has recently ranked the world’s 20 best dog breeds for cold and snow.

“In general, a dog that thrives in a snowy climate has a dense coat that insulates them from the elements.  Often, northern dog breeds will have a good foundation by virtue of stout furry paws that allow them to traverse icy terrain.” – Bernadine Cruz, who has worked with arctic dogs as a trail veterinarian for the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and John Beargrease sled-dog races/Outside Magazine

dog snow face
Dog covered in hoarfrost.


20. Akita

19. Alaskan Malamute

18. American Eskimo Dog

17. Anatolian Shepherd

16. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Chau Chau.

15. Chow Chow

14. German Shepherd

13. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

12. Great Pyrenees

11. Karakachan Bear Dog

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10. Keeshond

9. Kuvasz

8. Newfoundland

7. Norwegian Elkhound

6. Saint Bernard

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5. Samoyed

4. Shiba Inu

3. Siberian Husky

2. Tibetan Mastiff

1. Tibetan Terrier

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Tibetan Terrier.

TIBETAN TERRIER zoom version

7 thoughts on “The 20 Best Cold Weather Dog Breeds:

  1. Alaskan malamute 19th? And where are the Canadian and Greenland Inuit dogs? Be serious. My malamutes have always been as impervious to the cold as my Siberian huskys and Samoyeds.

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    +3 (3 votes)
  2. I agree with the Newfoundland. Ours loves the cold and will sleep on a snow pile outside at -30. I’ve never seen him shiver.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +1 (1 vote)

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