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Canadian Eskimo Dog Breed Summary

Affectionate, Loyal, Alert, Intelligent and Brave

These dogs are very similar in appearance to Huskys which is no surprise seeing as both are classed as Spitz-type dogs! Although recognised by the Kennel Club, they are a fairly rare breed and puppy numbers remain relatively low in the UK.

They are very popular with 'hoomans' who enjoy dog team sports because they have a lot of stamina and are able to pull sleds over extremely long distances, in some of the harshest conditions and terrains.

Fun Fact: They are over 4,000 years old!

Kennel Club Group Working
Lifespan 10 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males 58cm - 70cm, Females 50cm - 60cm
Weight Males 30kg - 40kg, Females 18kg - 30kg
Coat Coats are Thick and Dense with Stiff, Hard Guard Hairs
Colour Black and white, Grey and white, Grey sable, Red and white, Sable and white, White, White and black, White and grey, White and red
Eye colour Dark, Hazel or Yellow
Common health issues Hip Dysplasia
Other Names Qimmiq, Canadian Inuit Dog, Esquimaux Dog, Esquimaux Husky

Canadian Eskimo Dogs love to have a job to do, in fact, they live to have a job to do. This is something that owners really need to consider when deciding to get this breed as they will need to be in a home mainly as a working dog. Additionally, they have an extremely high prey drive and will go after anything they can get their paws around. On top of this, younger dogs tend to be a little rowdy and although they grow out of it, becoming much more affectionate, it's worth noting this when training and spending time with your dog. Because they are traditionally bought up in packs, these guys don't do so well by themselves and prefer the company of other dogs around them.

Many believe the Canadian Eskimo Dog has been around for thousands of years, working alongside the Eskimo people. They were originally only bred as working dogs and never as companion dogs, with their main jobs being to pull sleds and helping in hunting. They had to deal with some very extreme conditions, including sub-zero temperatures. These guys have also accompanied explorers on expeditions across both the North and South Poles! However, as traditions have faded, and the progression of technology has increased, the need for the breed rapidly declined and at one point there were less than 200 dogs left! But with the combined efforts of the Canadian Kennel Club and a breeder, William Carpenter, the breed was saved from extinction. Their numbers still remain relatively low but nowadays they can be seen making excellent companions!