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Canadian Eskimo Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 60 to 105 pounds
Height: 23 to 27.5 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Canadian Eskimo Dog, Dog Breed Guide


Canadian Eskimo Dogs are a breed that is part of the Spitz families included under the Nordic dog breeds classification. They are wolfish in appearance, but docile working dogs that are slowly becoming popular as companion and service pets.

Official Name

Canadian Eskimo Dog
Other Name
Canis Borealis
Eskimo Dog
Canadian Inuit Dog
Inuit Sled Dog


Country – Canada
Family / Group – Northern, Non-Sporting, Spitz

Recognized By

America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Canadian Eskimo Dog is believed to be an ancient dog that has been used by the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic region for at least 1,000 years as a hunting and sled dog. In the Late nineteenth century, it became popular with western explorers who used Canadian Eskimo Dogs on an expedition to both the North and South Poles. It has come close to extinction several times during the past 100 years and continues to be rare


The Canadian Eskimo dog is an intelligent and energetic dog that can be stubborn. It enjoys outdoor activities and a cool climate.

Bred For

Sledding work and activities as well as a hunting companion for their Inuit tribal masters.


They will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised, but the Canadian Eskimo will prefer a large space to roam and run. They are more suitable for cold climate conditions.


These dogs have double coated that is short is easy to groom. This breed is an average shedder.


Canadian Eskimo Dogs have high intelligence and is naturally willing to please their master. This combination of traits makes them easy to train.


The Canadian Eskimo dog breed is vulnerable to transmittable diseases. They are also prone to hip dysplasia.


Canadian Eskies are dogs that need to be taken on a long daily walk. Homes with a large but safely enclosed yard where it can run free will make these dogs happy.