Although it may already feel like summer here in Los Angeles, many parts of America are getting hit hard with freezing, miserable, icy, cold weather. Sorry, you guys, we hate to rub it in.
I can only imagine the chilly Chihuahuas or the Pomeranians Popsicles in New York City trying to pee outside right now. Just imagine stepping into a blizzard wearing a leotard and flip-flops. That’s how they feel.
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Luckily there are some dogs that are born for the cold. These dogs embrace the freezing temperatures and dive head first into the snow. Watch out blizzard because these dogs aren’t scared of you!
Shout out to the American Kennel Club for providing the facts about these cold weather dogs below!
- Bernese Mountain Dog
A hardy dog that thrives in cold weather, the Bernese Mountain Dog’s intelligence and strength originally helped him perform work on the Swiss farms. Today, this versatile breed enjoys playing sports and spending time with his human companions. Although Bernese Mountain Dogs will get along with the entire family, they’ll often become more attached to one lucky human.
Large powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated from Japan. Dignified and courageous, the Akita today is popular in the show ring and also participates in performance and therapy work. The breed’s thick double coat can be any color including white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the plush tail that curls over his back.
- Anatolian Shepherd
Large, rugged and powerful, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a working guard dog, possessing a superior ability to protect livestock. While not a “glamour” breed, the Anatolian’s loyalty, independence and hardiness is cherished by breeders and owners. The breed’s coat can be short (one inch) or rough (approximately four inches), with all color patterns and markings, including fawn and brindle, equally acceptable.
A medium-sized, sturdy dog, the Keeshond possesses the characteristics of other Northern breeds – a fox like expression, stand off coat and richly plumed tail carried over the back. His coloring is a mixture of gray, black and cream, with variations from light to dark and distinctive “spectacle” – markings and shading in the eye area, including a delicate, dark line slanting from eye to ear and expressive eyebrows.
- Tibetan Mastiff
An impressively large dog with noble bearing, the Tibetan Mastiff is an aloof and watchful guardian breed. They possess a solemn but kind expression; with an immense double coat it can be black, brown, and blue/grey, with or without tan markings, and various shade of gold. Although seen in shows in the United States today, they may not enjoy participating in organized activities such as obedience or agility due to their highly independent natures.
- Saint Bernard
Not ranked particularly high in AKC registrations, this genial giant is nonetheless among the world’s most famous and beloved breeds. The Saint Bernard’s written standard abounds with phrases like “very powerful,” “extraordinarily muscular,” “imposing,” and “massive.” A male stand a minimum 27.5 inches at the shoulder, females will be smaller and more delicately built. The huge head features a wrinkled brow, a short muzzle, and dark eyes, combining to give Saints the intelligent, friendly expression that was such a welcome sight to stranded Alpine travelers.
- Siberian Husky
Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is know for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. Because it originated in cold climates, Siberians have a thicker coat than most other breeds of dog, made up of a dense cashmere-like undercoat and a longer, coarse topcoat. All colors from black to pure white are allowed, and a variety of marking on the head is common.
- Shiba Inu
Brought to America from Japan as recently as 60 years ago, Shiba Inus are growing in popularity in the West and are already the most popular breed in their homeland. Their white markings combined with their coloring and their alert expression and smooth stride makes them almost fox like. They’re sturdy, muscular dogs with a bold, confident personality to match.
- Chow Chow
Chows are powerful, compactly built dogs standing between 17 and 20 inches at the shoulder. Their several distinctive features include a lion’s mane ruff around the head and shoulders, a blue-black tongue, deep set almond eyes that add to a scowling, snobbish expression, and a stilted way of moving. Chows can have rough or smooth coats of red, black, blue, cinnamon or cream. Overall, Chows present the picture of a muscular, deep-chested aristocrat with an air of inscrutable timelessness.
A large dog and a true workhorse, the Newfoundland is a master at long-distance swimming and has true lifesaving instincts in the water. He is large and strong, possessing a heavy coat to protect him from icy waters. Equally at home in the water and on land, today’s Newfoundland competes in conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, draft and water tests, and carting. His coat can be black, brown, gray or white and black.