Snow Dogs: 15 Breeds Bred to Love Cold Weather

This health article gives you 15 dog breeds ideal for cold winter weather, snow, and wind. You'll also learn what makes your snow dog able to thrive in below-freezing temperatures without the threat of health problems like frostbite or hypothermia.

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Coton De Tulear

The Coton de Tulear, otherwise known as the Royal Dog of Madagascar, originated from Madagascar. This dog breed is part of the UKC, Companion Group. The Coton de Tulear belongs to the Bichon family. It is a companion dog breed.

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Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon is part of the UKC, Companion Group and the AKC, Toy Group. This dog breed originated in Brussels, Belgium. This dog breed was used to catch rats.

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Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, also known as the Korthals Griffon and Russian Setter originated from France. This breed is part of the UKC, Gun Dog Group, and the AKC, Sporting Dog Group. It was developed as a versatile hunting dog in the mid-to late nineteenth century by the son of a Dutch banker named Eduard Korthals. This breed is nicknamed the “supreme gundog.”

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Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel comes from Tibet. The Tibetans did their best to preserve the Tibetan dog breeds. The nickname for this dog breed is “Tibbies.” They were companion dogs, and also used for guarding purposes. The Tibetan Spaniel worked together with their cousins, the Tibetan Mastiff. They used to sit on top of the monastery walls and survey the lands below.

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, also known as the Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund, or Alpine Mountain Dog, originated from Switzerland. This dog breed is part of the UKC, Guardian Group, and the AKC, Working Group. It is believed to be one of the oldest of the Swiss dog breeds. This dog breed came about by breeding Roman Mastiffs and local Swiss dogs.

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Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian Sheepdog is a herding dog breed from Belgium. This dog breed is one dog breed with four variations in the world. The U.S considers each type a separate dog breed. This dog breed were livestock guardians, police dogs, and were also used for military work. This dog breed was also used for messenger and draft work during World War 1.

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Bull Terriers

The Bull Terrier originated in Great Britain. This breed was used for bull baiting. The Bulldog was crossed with the now extinct English Terrier. The mix was then crossed again with the Spanish Pointer to get the Bull Terrier dog breed.

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Cane Corso Italiano

The Cane Corso originated from Italy, and belongs to the UKC group. This is an ancient dog breed that was bred from the Roman Mastiff’s. The strong and powerful Corso dog breed was near extinction during World War 2, but fans of the Corso saved this superb dog breed.

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Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested dog breed originated from China. It is part of the UKC, Companion Dog Group, and the AKC, Toy Group. This dog breed is believed to have come from African hairless dogs that were brought to Asia by traders. These dogs were then bred again, and after many generations were of a much smaller size. The Chinese were experts at breeding mini sized dog breeds.

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Dogue de Bordeaux

The Dogue de Bordeaux, also known as the French Mastiff, has history that goes back several centuries. This is an ancient dog breed that was bred from Roman Mastiffs. This breed is one of France’s oldest dog breeds, and was originally considered to be one of three types of dog breeds: the Bordeaux, Paris, and Toulouse.

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Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is a rare dog breed that originated during the Renaissance period in Italy. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl. “Lago” translated, means lake in Italian This dog breed was also used for a while to sniff out truffles. Most water retrieving dog breeds are thought to have originated from this dog breed. Their sniffing capabilities are outstanding!

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