Dogs have varying characteristics, mannerisms, and adaptations.
Some dogs thrive indoors, while others love being outdoors. Some are built to be lap dogs, while others prefer engaging in activities like hunting, fishing, swimming, running, among others.
With that mind, it doesn't come as a surprise that some breeds are better in warm weather; others thrive in the cold while others are well adapted for both weather conditions. If you spend a lot of time outdoors despite the weather condition, ensure that your furry friend is well suited for those conditions.
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1. Sussex Spaniel
This breed was bred in Sussex, England, to help in hunting, and it can tolerate both cold and hot weather. This breed is medium-sized, and it weighs between 35-45 pounds and stands at about 13-15 inches.
His coat protects him while outdoors, but it is not a yard dog; they would rather be in the house with their human masters.
The gentle and affectionate demeanor makes this breed an excellent companion for his owner. Although they can be stubborn during training, the Sussex Spaniel are generally cheerful and friendly. This breed can live in an apartment or a home with a fenced yard or an invisible yard fence and typically do not mind being left alone at home.
Sussex spaniels have long, droopy ears, and their eyes can be light brown, gold, or amber with a straight or moderately wavy coat mainly on its ears. They also have feather on their belly, chest, and legs.
Most Sussex Spaniels have golden layers, and requires regular grooming, especially around the ears.
2. Labrador Retriever
The coat of a Labrador retriever helps keep the pup comfortable in both hot and cold weather.
It is double-coated, and for a good reason. The top layer is known as the top coat or guard, and it is usually rougher than the undercoat. The undercoat is responsible for keeping the lab warm during winter, and cool during hot seasons.
Due to the important role that the coat plays, we do not recommend shaving your dog regularly since this interferes with your dog’s natural insulation. The undercoat also keeps the lab’s skin dry even when your dog decides to go swimming; the cold water does not get to its skin.
Your lab can, therefore, accompany you in hunting, hiking, outdoor games, among other activities without worrying of the weather being harsh to your dog.
Labs require consistent training and a lot of exercises to stay healthy and happy. They are outgoing, friendly and energetic dogs that weigh between 55-80 pounds and stand at a height of between 21.5-24.5 inches. They have built a high tolerance for the cold for many years, and most can survive in icy conditions and in fairly warm weather.
3. Canaan Dog
Although not a popular in the United States, this dog breed is Israel's national dog and tolerates both cold and hot kinds of weather.
The Canaan breed has a double coat that contains a straight outercoat of medium length on the body, a bit shorter on the leg's front and long on the back of the thighs and top of the ruff and shoulders. The undercoat is soft and short and changes based on the temperature.
The Canaan dog makes a loyal addition to families; it is an intelligent, active, territorial, and attentive dog that does not trust strangers. At the shoulder, this breed stands at 19-24 inches and it is covered with a straight coat that comes in many colors.
Canaan dogs have a lifespan of between 12-15 years, and the male weighs between 45-55 pounds while females weigh between 35-45 pounds.
Early training and socialization are fundamental if you own or intend to own a Canaan dog. Make sure you stay firm and establish yourself as the leader.
4. Parson Russell Terriers
The small size of between 13-17 pounds and 13-14 inches tall at the shoulders does not deter this dog from taking part in the most vigorous activities outdoors.
This little, sturdy dog was bred for chasing prey down holes. They have a waterproof coat, which helps withstand rough and wet terrains as they go on with their daily activities.
Parsons Russell terriers are heavy shedders, and they tend to shed more when moving from one season to the next as an adaptation technique. This dog, therefore, requires regular grooming that involves brushing and baths.
When in the right condition, teaching this dog tricks and obedience is easy because their speed, competitiveness, and intelligence allow them to excel in outdoor activities like hunting.
These energetic dogs require constant stimulation, so they thrive in a spacious environment where they can run around. Take your dog for long walks in the woods or when taking a weekend hike in the mountains. If they are not well stimulated, these dogs will go out of their way to entertain themselves, including tearing up your house.
Chinook dogs are a special breed of sledding dogs that are well adapted for extreme weather conditions; their hair is medium-long, and they have a double coat.
The outer layer is coarse, while the innercoat is soft and thick. For Chinooks who live in warmer climates, their coats are less dense compared to that of their counterparts who live in colder areas.
Chinooks are well built for physical activities; they weigh 50-90 pounds and stand at 22-26 inches. If you need an athletic dog that can survive both cold and warm weather, then this breed is your best bet. Their gentle and friendly mannerisms make them great companions to engage in outdoor activities. However, they tend to be uncomfortable around strangers.
These dogs require a daily routine of brushing to keep shedding under control. Make sure to brush down to remove any loose hairs on the dog’s coat.