Winter is now in full swing, so we are often greeted with icy cold starts and the need to have the heating on; we continuously see bare looking trees and have to cope with decreased daylight hours, which have all become the normal way of life. Some dogs love the winter time and are naturally fully prepared for this time of year, so it is no bother to them but others struggle with the winter temperature and thrive better in warmer conditions.
Below is a list of some of the breeds of dogs that are naturally prepared and happy to take on winter:
- Siberian Husky
- Chow Chow
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Pyrenean Mountain Dog
- Alaskan Malamute
- Japanese Akita
- Anatolian Shepherd
- German Shepherd
- Shiba Inu
- Saint Bernard
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Old English Sheepdog
The above breeds have either long hair or a thick double coat, so that they can withstand colder climates. Some of the breeds mentioned, such as the Newfoundland have coats that repel the rain and snow, where others like the Samoyed have coats that protect against the harsh cold. A few of the breeds mentioned even have coats that carry out both those valuable duties; these are breeds such as the Kangal.
The Kangal and Pyrenean Mountain Dog both have a thicker coat around the neck to protect their necks from potential attacks. These breeds of dogs have various different roles which include; guarding, sledding, herding, protecting, hunting and rescuing.
Breeds such as the Saint Bernard make excellent rescue dogs and many have been recognised for their heroic efforts; whereas breeds like the Anatolian Shepherd, Kangal and Pyrenean Mountain Dog are used as livestock guarding dogs, due to their protectiveness and intelligence.
Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds with their strong stamina love nothing more than to pull sleds. Shiba Inus and Japanese Akitas were bred to hunt and feel very comfortable with mountainous terrain.
So when it comes to cold weather these breeds of dogs are not at all troubled by it and they much prefer the cooler temperatures to hotter summer weather, however it is important to remember that just because these breeds like colder weather, leaving any breeds of dog outside in all weathers, for long periods of time is not good for their overall health. Keep an eye on your pootch during these colder months to ensure they are comfortable.