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Canadian Eskimo Dog

Group: Utility (Group 6)
Club: Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)
Contact: Mr Arthur Fry
Phone: 9740 8788

Brief History

This breed was originally bred to work and live with the Canadian Inuit people but they was never considered a pet. He was a multipurpose dog used for hauling supplies and people as well as hunting seals and bear. He is a highly active dog capable of tracking over long distances and working in a pack.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 10 to 15 years.


The Canadian Eskimo Dog is intelligent, loyal, alert, tough, brave and inclined to be pack oriented.

General Breed Description

The Canadian Eskimo Dog is a medium size dog that is powerful, athletic and imposing. He is built for hard work and loves to work. He tends to howl not bark.  He comes in a variety of colours and none is preferred.

Coat and Care Requirements

Subject to an annual moult, the coat is thick with guard hairs being hard and stiff. The very dense undercoat gives excellent protection during the winter months. He has an annual coat drop and will need extra grooming at this time. He doesn’t require regular baths, but weekly brushing and combing.


Height: Males 58 to 70cms (23 to 27.5ins), Females 50 to 60cms (19.5 to 23.5ins)

Weight: Males 30 to 40kgs, Females 18 to 30kgs.


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Canadian Eskimo Dog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD) and Bloat.


The Canadian Eskimo Dog is a primitive breed happy living as a pack animal. He is more suited for an active adult family.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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