When the weather outside is frightful, there are some dog breeds that seem to find the wintry conditions delightful. We’ve already covered some dogs who are built for snow, but we thought we’d share a few more who are excited that winter is coming. If you’ve started doing snow dances and have read every single winter weather prediction for your region, then one of these dog breeds might be the one for you.
Of course, just because a dog has thick fur and Nordic roots doesn’t mean you can leave him outside in cold weather. In general, if it’s too cold for you to go outside, then it’s too cold for your dog. And cold weather is always a good excuse to enjoy some of these fun indoor activities instead.
It’s no wonder Akitas are usually fans of winter weather:
The breed hails from the cold, rugged, mountainous Akita Prefecture on the
Japanese island of Honshu, where he helped hunters bring down big game like
boar, elk and Yezo bear.
With his beautiful, white, fluffy coat, the American Eskimo looks
like he was made for playing in the snow. And he actually was: In the 19th
century, German immigrants in the United States created the breed from various
Nordic breeds like the German Spitz and the Volpino Italiano.
Black Russian Terrier
A relatively new breed, the Black Russian Terrier was developed by the Russian army during
the Cold War to do police and military work in climates with extremely frigid
The Chinook is a sled dog with an impressive heritage: In 1926, a
team of 16 Chinooks accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on his first expedition to
Antarctica. Nowadays, the breed still excels at mushing but can also be a
wonderful family companion.
If you happen to own a herd of reindeer, the Finnish
Lapphund will probably be happy to help you watch over them: The breed was developed by seminomadic people called the Sami to help them herd these arctic animals. No reindeer in your yard? That's OK — just be sure to give your Lapphund a job to do, so he doesn’t get bored.
Thanks to his Nordic ancestry and thick, double coat, the
Finnish Spitz can usually tolerate colder climates. But be prepared: That
double coat tends to shed.
You can probably guess what the Norwegian Elkhound was
developed to do. That’s right — track elk, bear and moose in the rough and
wintry Norwegian climate.
Planning to hike through mountainous terrain this winter? The
Tibetan Terrier might be a good buddy to take along (overall health permitting, of course). Not only does he have a thick
and protective double coat, he also has large, round, flat feet that are
perfect for trudging through the snow.