Breed Information Centre

Canadian Eskimo Dog


Illustration of Canadian Eskimo Dog

This is the ancient sled dog of the Canadian Arctic regions, a powerful dog of spitz features which possesses strength and stamina, and is built for long distance work rather than speed. The introduction of the faster Siberian Husky into Canada for the popular sport of sledding led to a decline in the popularity of the Canadian Eskimo Dog. The advent of the snowmobile in the 1960s further threatened the population of the breed. The Canadian Kennel Club stepped in with other associations to protect the breed and ensure its survival. Numbers are still relatively small and few are seen as domestic pets.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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