Santa has his elves in the North Pole, but sometimes, elf helpers are not enough. If Santa is in the market to adopt an adorable puppy, he needs to look for one that can survive in the harsh conditions of the North Pole. Here, we highlight all the dog breeds that will dominate in blistering conditions.
The Siberian Husky was developed by the Chukchi Tribe. They were the original indigenous people in Siberia, Russia. Since the Chukchi Tribe were experts at fishing and hunting, they needed sturdy dogs to accompany them in frigid conditions. The Siberian Husky is well adapted for the cold, and they can change their metabolism to allow them to survive longer without needing to be fed. Huskies are active working dogs so if Santa is planning to adopt one, he better be ready to go on a few runs.
Bernese Mountain Dog
A large and powerful dog, the Bernese Mountain Dog is ready to accompany its owner through any kind of terrain. Originating from Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog enjoys cold weather and does not cherish hot days on the beach. The breed almost died out in the 19th century, but Professor Edward Heim helped keep the breed alive. This breed enjoys to herd and will deter any thief from stealing the Naughty or Nice list from St. Nick.
Originating from Persia (now known as Iran) the Bergamasco Shepherd lived a nomadic lifestyle along with humans. The breed became popular in the Alpine mountain range in Italy because of its hardy deposition. Their unique coat helps keep them warm in harsh conditions, and because of minimal shedding, they are great for people with dog allergies. Once the coat is split into mats after a Bergamasco turns one, no further trimming or grooming is required. Bergamascos are self-reliant, so you will not need to coddle them at every turn. Looks like Santa needs more than a reindeer this year.
While most winter dogs are large, the Samoyed is a medium-sized white fluffy companion that enjoys Arctic weather. The pup originates from a group of the Uralic indigenous people from Siberia Russia. The breed is active and loves children. But beware, a bored Samoyed may cause havoc if they are left alone. Since the Samoyed breed is a working dog, they look for constant activity. This is not a dog that likes being alone, so they better be part of all of Santa’s adventures in the North Pole.
A breed that began in Central Asia, the Kuvasz is a fierce, protective dog. It is said that the first dogs that eventually became a Kuvasz came from the Magyar Tribe from Hungary in the 19th century. The breed has a coarse coat perfect for braving the cold. Since the Kuvasz is also a working dog, owners will need to focus on giving them enough activity throughout the day. It is not a good dog for a first-time owner because of its dominating nature. However, since Santa already has control of several operations, we are sure the Kuvasz will not provide any challenge to him.
While this breed of dog is rare, the most famous is Buffy, a Karakachan owned by Vladamir Putin. The Karakachan began by helping the herding communities in Bulgaria, but it is now used on farms as an astute guard dog. The Karakachan is a breed that enjoys the outdoors and needs to have a job or task to accomplish. The breed is fearless and has challenged bears and wolves. So, if Santa is in the market for an intimidating protector, the Karakachan will terrify anyone that does not comply.
The Tibetan Terrier is another medium-sized dog on our list that is fully adapted to the snow. The breed comes from a lineage of western Lamleh and Luneville varieties but originally the first dogs were from Tibet and India. The Tibetan Terrier has a unique “snowshoe” foot that is perfect for traveling through harsh snow in the Himalayan mountains. This breed is great as a hiking partner and loves socializing with people. It’s a great option for a winter friend.
The Saint Bernard has a reputation as a rescue dog because monks residing in the Saint Bernard Hospice used the breed to rescue people high in the mountains of Switzerland. The breed is a lovable giant ready to accompany their next family. This pup enjoys walks but does not need to be too active. The Saint Bernard’s coat will protect them from harsh, freezing winds. This cute pup likes to drool, so you better be ready to clean up. However, if Santa needs to be saved, there is no better dog for the search and rescue team.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Although a lot of myths obscure where this breed originates from, many believe some form of Vikings or Scandinavian raiders brought the breed to the British Isles around the 19th century. Don’t be fooled by the puppy’s small size. This breed is more than tough. The Pembroke is an excellent herding dog and is the best at agility. They are active dogs as well, so Santa will have his hands full.
You’ve probably seen this furry breed somewhere in your neighborhood. The Akita is a famous breed from Japan. Since Akita’s are not quick to scare, many owners describe how stubborn their dogs can be. This trait helped them in the past when hunting and searching for prey. There is a Japanese and American line of the breed. Akitas are not the easiest dogs to train, so it will take a lot of determination to make sure your pup is well-behaved. Santa can make miracles come true, so we know he can handle an Akita.
Your Best Dog in Frigid Weather
As Santa hands out presents this year, he will need extra helpers. With a furry friend, Santa will be sure to get the job done faster. Our winter dogs will be a great advantage when navigating the North Pole. If you are interested in learning what to buy your dog this Christmas, read our article on the best Christmas gifts.