If you are a New Yorker who is looking to be a pet parent soon, you may want to look into one of these breeds. These dogs are perfect for the frigid, long winters in New York. Each of them is bred for cold climates.
There are definitely some things you will need to keep in mind, particularly dog hair. Most of these dogs have thick coats, which is part of what makes them perfect for freezing temperatures and snow. But on the flip side, their coats are very likely to shed in your house or apartment. You'll need to invest in a good brush and grooming routine, as well as a high-quality vacuum cleaner.
Even though these breeds can tolerate and even enjoy the cold weather, that doesn't mean they are immune to low temperatures. According to LoveYourDog.com,
Many dog breeds are more acclimated to living in cold weather due to having thicker coats. This does not mean they are invincible to cold weather. Any dog that’s left outside for long periods of time, can have several health risks, especially with exposure to their paw pads and other sensitive areas of their skin.
Also, keep in mind that while we do live through long, cold, and snowy winters here in New York, our summers can get quite warm. You'll need to accommodate these breeds when the weather heats up, especially since they have thick coats. The Humane Society of The United States offers some tips for keeping your dog safe during the summer months,
- Practice basic summer safety
- Watch the humidity
- Limit exercise on hot days
- Don't rely on a fan
- Provide ample shade and water
- Cool your pet inside and out
- Watch for signs of heatstroke
- Prepare for power outages