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Best Cold Weather Dog Breeds

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Large, powerful and heavy of bone, the Akita is a classic working spitz. The head is large and smooth with powerful jaws and muzzle, and a distinct stop. Ears and eyes are small and triangular; ears stand erect, and eyes... Read more
Alaskan Malamute
The Alaskan Malamute excels at hauling heavy loads over great distances in brutal conditions, and its construction is consistent with such use. The long body is powerful and well muscled throughout, heavy boned with a straight back and very strong... Read more
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large, beautifully colored working dog. Its head is broad and flat, with a gentle furrow and distinct stop, and a muzzle that is straight and long. Gently oval shaped eyes are brown in color.... Read more
Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is an elegant mixture of form and function. Their bodies are slightly longer than they are tall with the bone structure to compliment their size. The head is slightly rounded at the crown and wedge shaped at... Read more
The Newfoundland is a large dog, well muscled and heavy of bone. The skull is broad with an arched crown and pronounced occiput; ears are set on the side of the head and are small and triangular. Eyes are wide... Read more
Norwegian Elkhound
A classic northern Spitz, the Norwegian Elkhound is square proportioned and well balanced. The wedge shaped head is broad at the ears and clean cut, ending in a tapering muzzle; stop is clearly defined. Eyes are oval, medium sized and... Read more
Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a dog whose every characteristic conveys strength, size and power. The head is large and broad with loose wrinkly skin, and the ears set high on the skull. The muzzle is short with a scissors or... Read more
The general appearance of the Samoyed is that of a hard working Spitz, well suited to cold weather. The skull is broad and wedge shaped, topped with erect, triangular ears filled with hair. Eyes are set deep and well apart,... Read more
Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are medium-sized, graceful members of the Working Group with a distinct wolf-like appearance. Siberians have a double-layered, medium length coat which acts as insulation against both cold and heat. The dog's fur is usually black and white, gray... Read more
Tibetan Mastiff
The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, heavily built dog whose bearing should convey seriousness, strength and power. The head is heavy and broad with some wrinkling, a strong stop, and high set v-shaped ears. The eyes are almond shaped, brown,... Read more
Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is a firm, powerful, squarely-built dog of medium size. Heavy bones and solid muscles endow the breed with its characteristic working appearance. The Chow Chow can have black, cinnamon, red, blue and cream coloring, and its appearance... Read more
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a hardy and resilient breed designed to retrieve waterfowl from cold waters, sometimes even breaking ice to do so, and the features of the dog reflect this purpose. The skull is round and broad with... Read more
Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is medium sized, short-coupled and athletically built. The coat is straight, short, dense and, most notably, water resistant. The three coat colors for a Labrador Retriever are black, yellow and chocolate, with yellows having the greatest variation... Read more
Airedale Terrier
Among the largest of the terriers, the Airedale has a long flat head and a very wiry and hard coat. The head gives the animal the terrier look, with sharp keen eyes and a beard reminiscent of a Scotty. The... Read more
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is a member of the Spitz family. Like most Spitz breeds, the American Eskimo Dog has pointed, erect ears and an impressive coat. The head is fairly small and carries an intelligent expression. The eyes have... Read more
Anatolian Shepherd
The Anatolian Shepherd’s appearance clearly reflects its vocation as a guardian; the breed is large (categorized as giant), strong and fast. The Anatolian Shepherd has an intelligent expression and wide-set, dark brown, almond-shaped eyes. The ears are approximately four to... Read more
Bearded Collie
The Bearded Collie is a medium-sized working dog with an air of strength and hardiness. The head is proportional to the body with a moderate stop and a flat, broad skull. The foreface is the same length as the distance... Read more
Black Russian Terrier
Large and powerful, the Black Russian Terrier is known for its courage and strength. Its blocky head is basically two parallel planes made of the skull and the muzzle, giving an impression of strength. The small, triangular ears and set... Read more
The Borzoi is a sleek, beautiful breed, whose appearance resembles that of a Greyhound. The head is curved into a slight dome shape, with a long jaw line. The ears are small, and fall back onto the neck when at... Read more
Bouvier des Flandres
Also known as the Belgian Cattle Dog, the Bouvier des Flandres is a compact yet muscular herding dog. The large head features both a moustache and beard. The oval eyes are dark brown with black rims, and give the dog... Read more
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