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Greenland Dog

The ice cap canines

Breed
FCI-5
Spitz and Primitive types
FCI
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Original Name : Grønlandshund

Type : Lupoid

Male size : At least 23½ inches

Female size : At least 21 ½ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Denmark

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The dominant character traits of Greenland Dogs are energy, tenacity and courage. These passionate, untiring draft dogs are friendly with people, including strangers. When used as a sled dog they don’t form a close relationship with any one person, which makes them good guard dogs, also. They have a highly developed instinct to hunt seals and polar bears.

Head+

Broad, slightly arched skull, broadest between the ears.

lupoid

Body+

Solid and fairly compact, a little longer than it is tall.

lupoid

Coat+

Any color, solid or particolor.

lupoid

Ears+

Fairly small, triangular, rounded tips, carried firmly erect.

lupoid

Tail+

Set high, thick and bushy.

lupoid

Hair+

Double coat with thick, soft undercoat and straight, coarse topcoat, no curling or waviness.

lupoid

Greenland Dogs belong to one of the world’s oldest breeds. Since ancient times, they have been used as draft and hunting dogs by the Inuit. Strength, solidity, tenacity and endurance were the most sought after qualities, although a pleasing appearance was also valued. Greenland Dogs are robust animals that are especially well suited to people who enjoy the outdoor life. They are excellent companions for those that like to take walks in woods or mountains, as they can carry the equipment.Greenland Dogs are very strong polar Spitz-type dogs built for the hard life of pulling sleds in arctic conditions. Some variety is accepted in terms of size, provided physical ability and overall balance are not affected.

Did you know ?

This breed was much appreciated as a sled dog on various polar expeditions, not least those of Roald Amundsen, due to its efficient trot and indefatigable nature.

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