She certainly has a plush coat. Bred to be a tough and rugged guardian!
Even my farm dog Bernese prefers laying in the snow belly up when it's snowing to being in shelter. She rarely uses her dog house and is comfortable in all manner of "awful" weather. And she wasn't bred specifically to withstand harsh conditions.
Makes me think of the contrast between a store bought horse and a mustang.
My QH gelding sought his shelter in inclement weather, spent a lot of time in there looking out. My little mustang only uses the shelter when I put her hay in there. Otherwise she prefers to be out in everything. Her coat is plush and keeps her plenty warm. I've never seen her shiver, even when the snow has melted on her coat and turned to ice, and the hair inside her ears is frosted with ice. Tougher genetics.
Beautiful pup! Looks to be very well integrated with the sheep already. Where are you? Ohio is cold weather winter territory too so maybe not as drastic a change as you think.
The most interesting aspect of LGDs (and I see this particularly well in our shorter coated Anatolians) is the amount of loose skin they have on their bodies and necks.
So what about Murphy? I know he was a handful and only wanted to fight with Blue. Did you keep him or find him another home?
Those Bernies are mountain dogs! I'd say it's all in her genetics, wouldn't you say?
I'm sorry Murphy didn't work out for your situation Bee, but I know you worked hard at trying to make him fit. With a working animal that you have to rely on for the welfare of your livestock you didn't have the luxury of keeping him around for sentimental reasons.
I respect your quest to find a dog that will protect as well as get along.
Looks like you've found her in Pink.
Yes, her love of cold weather is certainly genetic. I meant that she wasn't bred to be out in all weathers guarding a flock. I'm sure her ancestors had the option of a nice barn or maybe even a farmhouse kitchen to come into if they chose.