15 Dog Breeds That Can Survive Extreme Cold Weather

December is a cold month and many dogs are already wrapped in blanket on the couch and they won’t be running around the yard until Spring. Some dogs wear fur-coats year-round. But some breeds like the Siberian Husky and the Labrador Retriever are naturally strong enough to stand cold weather.

So what happens if you live in a cold climate and want a dog that can play around and jump in the snow and enjoy outdoor activities? You’ll have to choose a dog breed that is naturally strong enough for cold weather.

Some dog breeds have a higher tolerance for cold than others. The breeds on this list are classified as extremely cold tolerant by Animal Planet Standards, while their popularity ranking is according to 2015 American Kennel club data.

But despite these animals natural abilities to survive in cold weather, the American Veterinary Foundation is strongly against keeping pets outside in below freezing weather for a long period of time. These animals can succumb to frostbite and hypothermia just like humans. So you’ll have to make sure that your furry friend is safe all the time even if its a cold tolerant dog breed.

So lets see the 15 cold-tolerant dog breed…

Breed: Chow chow

Average life expectancy: 10 years.

Average weight: 70 lbs.

Breed: Irish Wolfhound

Average life expectancy: 8 years

Average weight: 180 lbs

Breed: Great Pyrenees

Average life expectancy: 11 years

Average weight: 120 lbs

Breed: Samoyed

Average life expectancy: 11 years

Average weight: 65 lbs

Breed: Alaskan Malamute

Average life expectancy:

Average weight:

Breed: Bernard

Average life expectancy: 9 years

Average weight: 200 lbs

Breed: Akita

Average life expectancy: 11 years

Average weight: 130 lbs

Breed: Shiba Inu

Average life expectancy: 14 years

Average weight: 23lbs

Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Average life expectancy: 12

Average weight: 80 lbs

Breed: Newfoundland

Average life expectancy: 9 years

Average weight: 150 lbs

Breed: Collie

Average life expectancy: 10 years

Average weight: 75 lbs

Breed: Cane Corso

Average life expectancy: 11 years

Average weight: 110 lbs

Breed: Bernese Mountain Dog

Average life expectancy: 8 years

Average weight: 120

Breed: Siberian Husky

Average life expectancy: 12 years

Average weight: 60 lbs

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Average life expectancy: 11 years

Average weight: 80 lbs

Data source: Lincoln Journal Star