The World’s Cutest Snow Dogs

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Although on the Web, the term “snow dogs” usually covers pics of any cute canine critter frolicking in the snow – and there’s literally millions of images out there – let’s be a little more specific here. There’s five breeds that are generally seen as “sled dogs”, which are right at home in thick snowdrifts, plus the faithful St. Bernard, with its honourable history of Alpine rescue. Let’s take a look at the cutest examples of these doughty doggies…

Alaskan Husky. We all know that ‘huskies’ pull sleds. For centuries these canines have been the go-to transport option in the most snowbound parts of the world, bred mainly for strength and tenacity. Alaskan huskies are never far from the puppy they once were, despite their incredible endurance and toughness. They are very friendly with families and strangers alike – making them not that effective as guard dogs, unless you fear being licked to death. But don’t make the mistake of thinking the Alaskan is the be-all and end-all of husky dogs; there’s actually several breeds of husky worldwide. Of these husky breeds, which is the cutest? Well, make up your own mind by checking out our examples, starting with this little fellow…

Alaskan Malamute. Originating in upper western Alaska, these dogs have long been prized for their strength, agility and love of working with humans. Imagine a wolf with the sharp edges rounded down and an extra dose of fluffy. They have traded the lean, hungry look of their vulpine ancestors for a sweet demeanour, and are also not above playing up to the camera, as the picture below shows!

Canadian Eskimo Dog. This arctic breed is considered North America’s oldest remaining pure-bred indigenous dog, and for centuries was the standard transportation method for the Inuit, coming to the continent with them between around 1100 and 1200 AD. Since then, Canadian Eskimo Dogs have been the choice of Arctic and Antarctic explorers, with the result that these mutts have stood at both poles. Their puppies are also huge fluffy teddy bears come to life, as you can see here…

Mackenzie River Husky. Although not recognised officially as a separate breed, because the term describes several interbreeding populations of arctic and subarctic sled dogs, their owners prize them for their friendliness and loyalty. Who could possibly let pure-breed snobbery get in the way?

Siberian Husky. Described as “active, energetic, and resilient,” these dogs are bred to deal with everything the harsh Siberian climate can throw at them. That doesn’t mean they haven’t got a softer side, though…

St. Bernard. So you’re stuck in a snowdrift, far from the comforts of the ski chalets, and night is drawing in. What could be a more welcome sight than a shaggy St. Bernard, ready to dig you free and warm you with the traditional brandy casket around its neck? Even more so, if it’s as cute as this one…

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