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The Canadian Eskimo Dog: A Look into its Heritage and Characteristics

Introduction: Overview of the Canadian Eskimo Dog

The Canadian Eskimo Dog is one of the oldest and most recognizable dog breeds in North America. It is a powerful, rugged and resilient working dog that has been a loyal companion and indispensable helper to the Indigenous people of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland for thousands of years. It is also known by other names such as the Inuit Dog, Qimmiq or Canadian Inuit Dog.

Origin: Historical Background of the Breed

The Canadian Eskimo Dog is believed to have evolved from the ancient Arctic wolf and has been bred by the Inuit people for over 4,000 years. It was originally used for transportation, hunting, and as a guardian of the family and the community. The breed is well adapted to the harsh Arctic environment, with its thick coat, sturdy build, and ability to withstand extreme cold and snow. It was also highly valued for its strength, endurance, and intelligence, and was considered a crucial part of Inuit culture and way of life. However, with the arrival of European explorers and their dogs, the breed began to decline, and by the mid-20th century, it was on the brink of extinction.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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