10 Cold Weather Dog Breeds

These Pooches Can Weather the Storm

Just because your dog wears a fur coat doesn't mean he can withstand a cold weather climate. Not all dogs are built for polar vortex conditions, such as the Artic snowstorm currently powering its way throughout the United States and Canada.

While it isn't recommended to take or leave your pets outdoors during extreme cold weather conditions, we wanted to know: Which dogs are some of the best cold-weather breeds?

Alaskan Malamutes
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • American Eskimo Dogs
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • Icelandic Sheepdogs
  • Leonberger Dogs
  • Newfoundland Dogs
  • Samoyed Dogs
  • Siberian Huskies
  • St. Bernard Dogs
  • Tibetan Mastiffs

1. Alaskan Malamutes

Thanks to its dense, double fur coat with a rough outer layer and a thick and woolly, oily undercoat, the Alaskan malamute is able to survive extremely cold temperatures. The breed was famously used as a utility dog during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800’s; members of the breed also accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on his expedition to the South Pole in 1928 and the breed also served primarily as search and rescue dogs in Greenland during World War II.