If you live in Canada, Iceland, or Russia, you may need to think carefully before adding a dog to your family. Most dogs (like every other living creature) prefer warmth over the cold. They prefer summers over winter.
But does that mean your wish and circumstances have no middle ground? Does that mean you can’t keep a dog ever unless you change your place of residence?
Well, not exactly.
Fortunately, nature has blessed us with a few dog breeds that love snow. These dogs prefer winter over summer. They like to play in the snow!
Let us introduce you to these select few dog breeds:
Get to know snow-loving dogs:
By the rule of thumb, some of the typical traits of all snow-loving dog breeds include heavyweight, almond eyes, thick coats, and small ears. So, if you see a dog breed with these physical features (other than those listed below), dive a little deeper to know if they love snow or not.
But if not, familiarize yourself with the following most popular snow-loving dog breeds of all time.
Siberian Husky is an absolute joy to the eye. Its thick greyish coat looks elegant against the white snow. And its joyful and friendly nature complements its look. At a glance, the dog may appear as cold as the snow with its alert behavior, erect & small ears, and triangular eyes. But once you familiarize yourself with it, it will be the most gentle pack of wonder you’ve met.
Siberian Huskies live as long as 12-15 years and are highly comfortable in temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius. But it’s also known to adapt to warm weather if trained to do so.
As the name says for itself, the Tibetan terrier originated from the mountains of Tibetan, where it was tamed to look after sheep herds and fetch different objects from the mountainside. The term terrier suggests that it resembles the Terrier dog breed.
With that said, Tibetan terriers prefer colder temperatures all through the year. Owing to their dense and thick coats and large, round paws, they cannot survive in the slightest of warm temperatures. If the summers are harsh on your end, you should arrange air conditioning for your Tibetan terrier.
Alaskan Malamutes can survive in temperatures as low as -35° Celsius. In effect, they cannot only survive but be immensely active in such low temperatures. If you take an Alaskan Malamute for a walk outside in snowy winters, you’ll find it jumping with joy here and there without its dog boots or sweaters on. Its natural features keep it warm and healthy, while its exploration and play keep it active.
In comparison to other dog breeds listed here, Newfoundlands are relatively calm. These are the best indoor winter dogs. Sure, they like to play in the snow. But only occasionally.
You will often find these huge fur balls wrapped up in their sheets, taking a nap, or observing their surroundings silently. These dogs also can serve as excellent support dogs.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has unique looks compared to other snow-loving dog breeds here. At a glance, you might not find its coat as long and thick to classify as a winter dog. However, if you get the chance to pet it, you’ll realize how deep your hand sinks into its one-length, shiny, and deep-dark long coat.
It comes from the Swiss Alps and has about 10-11 years of life expectancy.
Brace yourself for shedding
As you might’ve observed, almost all of the snow-loving dog breeds have a specific kind of physique. And well, it demands care in a precise manner.
Since they have long hair, you should prepare to deal with shedding. Similarly, you should prepare to deal with difficult showers during mild winters. In extreme conditions, however, we recommend dry showers.
Other than that, if you’re new to keeping a snow-loving dog breed or a pup, on the whole, we recommend going through this new puppy checklist. It will help you prepare yourself and your home appropriately.
Final thoughts on snow-loving dogs
Dogs are synonymous with warmth when it comes to pets. There’s a reason they say dogs are man’s best friend. So, if you feel a connection with these bundles of joy, if you think that their companionship is a true calling, then go ahead. Do not let the cold temperatures keep you from embracing and giving out the love you hold for dogs. Bring a snow-loving pup home right now!
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