Top 10 Different Breeds of Reindeer That Santa Might Use

Today I thought I would take a look at different breeds of reindeer. Different breeds I hear you ask!? Well, yes. You see, there are several subspecies of reindeer and while they mostly look the same, they are often a species that is divided by subspecies based on their location and the often harsh environments they have to endure…



Labrador Caribou Reindeer
Labrador Caribou Reindeer

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Often seen in the boreal forest, they are much sought after by hunters sadly for their magnificent antlers.

Porcupine Caribou Reindeer

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No, they are not spiky at all, quite malted fur in fact. They are called this because their birthing grounds are on the Porcupine River.

Finnish Forest Reindeer

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The Finnish forest reindeer is one of the rarest species of reindeer in the world, but numbers are hard to count because they rarely come out of the thick woodlands.

Barren-Ground Caribou Reindeer

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I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that this reindeer is a strong survivor who can live off the barren ground for a long time after any other animals have left it.

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Osborn’s Caribou Reindeer

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This migratory woodland reindeer it one that relies a lot on the company of others and they often meet in huge groups for mating season.

Novaya Zemlya Reindeer

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This species is not always pure white, it does depend a lot on which year they were born and how harsh the cold Russian winter was. While most their fur will go back to brown in the summer, what remains white it like our fingerprints, very unique to each reindeer.

Peary Caribou Reindeer

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The coat of the Peary caribou is made up of hollow hair which helps to trap warmer air and insulate them. Good job as they can get as far north as the Arctic islands

Kamchatka Reindeer

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Raised in the Kamchatka Peninsula, they are mostly used in the centuries-old tradition of reindeer husbandry. But as this is now a much-dying tradition the ones born now might well be some of the last of their species.

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Siberian Tundra Reindeer

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They are the true survivors, and take the harsh winters of the Siberian Arctic on the snout and just keep going. Love the little Nenets girl saying hello.

Newfoundland Caribou Reindeer

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They run in much smaller groups than many other types of reindeer making them sadly a better sport for hunters. But mostly they run rampant throughout the forest and tundra of Newfoundland and are known to be quite boisterous.

Author: Gus Barge

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