The word Nova Scotia is quickly becoming synonymous with snow. While people are feeling dread at the thought of shoveling, yet again, many of our canine counterparts can’t get enough of the white stuff. So, we present you with this list of 5 dog breeds who are made for this weather.
1.Bernese Mountain Dog
These beauties, of Swiss origin, have a distinguishing tri-colored, thick, weather resistant coat made for cold weather. Bred for cattle drives and pulling carts, they are happiest when given a job and will make a loyal, loving companion. Much like Lays potato chips, bet you can’t have just one.
Oh that smile! A dog bred to be a real life teddy bear? This ancient breed, originating from Siberia, with its thick double coat, fluffy tail and webbed toes, was bred to herd reindeer, pull sleds and keep owners warm at night.
3. Alaskan Malamute
Often with facial markings of a thief in the night, this loyal breed is only out to steal your heart. Another ancient breed, the malamute, and it’s wolf-like appearance, originated as a Nordic sled dog. Like the Samoyed, the dense double coat is not only great in winter, but sheds dirt and produces no to little odor.
4. Siberian Husky
Most well known for their piercing eyes of blue, brown or a combination of both, Siberian Huskies are less “fluffy” than the other breeds on our list. However, don’t be fooled, they have a dense, weather resistant coat that makes cold their weather of preference. Loyal, friendly and energetic, with gorgeous markings makes it almost impossible to avoid ohhs and ahhs from everyone they encounter.
5. Newfoundland Dogs
Of course a breed native to the Maritimes would make the list. This gentle giants’ job was to aid fishermen in the frigid Newfoundland waters, so it’s little wonder that they have a thick double coat. This breed is loyal and eager to please, making it a perfect family dog; just ask J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, as Nana is a Newfie!