Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

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Dogs Best Suited for Cold Weather

Winter is the most beautiful season of the year. But not everyone is the biggest fan of winter. While some love the snow and the games that come along, others prefer staying insides within the warmth of their homes. Like humans, even dogs have a choice when it comes to weather. A Mexican hairless dog cannot survive easily in snow, and a tropical climate is not suitable for a Siberian Husky. Here are some dog breeds best suited for cold weather.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky breed originated from the harsh climate of Siberia and was used for pulling sleds. They are very active and independent breed of dogs that love cold weather. They are great escape artists and need supervision when left alone in the yard.

Alaskan Malamute

They are often confused with Siberian Husky or American Husky, their closely related cousins. They are built for the harshest weather on the planet with their beefiest double coats. They are strong and have the ability to tow more than three thousand pounds. They are known to be extremely intelligent and exceptionally friendly.

Saint Bernard

They are the most iconic winter dog breeds and famous for being rescue dogs in the treacherous Alps weather. They make a perfect family pet as they are very affectionate and easily trainable. They make an ideal nanny for these dogs to have a softer side that many fail to notice.

Bernese Mountain Dog

It is one of the most beautiful cold-weather breeds of dog you will see. They can survive in just about any condition, especially chillier ones. They make an excellent hiking companion and known for their love for adventure. They are also known for being affectionate and friendly, but they are not meant to be guard dogs.

Tibetan Terrier

Donโ€™t be fooled by its size as a Tibetan Terrier weighs anywhere between 15-35 pounds on average. They have a large and remarkably thick double coat that is well suited to cold weather. They are athletic, smart, agile, and outgoing. These dogs need a lot of grooming to keep them healthy and happy.

Newfoundland

They are the most intimidating but loving and affectionate breed of dogs in the world and are called โ€˜Gentle Giantsโ€™. They are widely known as nanny dogs as they are marked by patience and friendliness, making them the ultimate winter dogs.

Akita

They were originally bred in the mountain regions of Northern Japan and are known for having heavy bones, making them extremely tough. They have thick and short double-coat that are weather resistant that makes them an excellent pet for cold weather. They are the descendants of โ€˜Matagiโ€™, Northern Japanโ€™s traditional winter hunter dogs.

Other breeds of dogs that are suitable for the harsh winter weather include the Norwegian Elkhound, Keeshond, American Eskimo Dog, Caucasian Shepherd, Tibetan Mastiff, Great Swizz Mountain Dog among others.

How to Prevent Your Dog From Catching a Cold

If you thought only humans are at a risk of catching a cold, think again! Dogs are just as likely to come down with a cold as their owners. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes โ€“ pretty much every symptom you can imagine having with a cold can be present in your dog. Much the same prevention methods come in handy when trying to keep your furball warm and healthy.

Preventative Methods

Follow these simple methods and keep your dog from feeling under the weather โ€“

  • Put him on a diet of nutritious food. It will strengthen his immune system against germs and disease causing virus. Make sure your pet gets enough exercise, this will keep him in good form and help fight a cold.
  • Donโ€™t keep him outdoors for a sustained amount of time. Your dog may have a thick fur but not all of his body parts can stand the cold. His paw, nose and ears remain exposed and can easily catch him a cold. The only time it is permissible for him to be outdoors ought to be when he indulges in some form of exercise and keeps warm.
  • Get him warm clothes. Why should you be the only one to dress up warmly during colder seasons? Dress your dog in a sweater or a jacket. He may not always be able to regulate his body heat.
  • Donโ€™t leave him out in the car alone. The insides of a car can cool down very quickly during winter. It is not a good idea to keep your dog locked in the car while you go run your errands.
  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of rest. Downtime will help him recuperate shall he begin to exhibit signs of having a cold.
  • Feed him enough fluids. Just like you would to yourself if down with a cold, your dog must get enough fluids into his body to keep from getting dehydrated.
  • Steam helps with congestion. Run your dog a warm bath to help ease his congestion woes.
  • If you have more than one dog, isolate the one with the cold from the rest. You may not catch a cold from your dog, but chances are your other dogs will.
  • If the symptoms persist, fix an appointment with a veterinarian for a closer inspection. He/she may prescribe him antibiotics to help with the dogโ€™s health. It is not advisable to administer these antibiotics without them being specifically prescribed by the vet.

Conclusion

If both you and your dog happen to catch a cold at the same time, donโ€™t hesitate in sharing your chicken soup with him! As long as there arenโ€™t any bones swimming in it, it will help him feel better just as it will do for you.

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