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Canadian Eskimo Dog

Information and Pictures

Kaltag the Canadian Eskimo Dog is running across snow pulling a sled

Kaltag the Canadian Eskimo Dog

Other Names
  • Canadian Husky
  • Canadian Inuit Dog
  • Qimmiq



Canadian Eskimo Dogs are primarily bred as working dogs. They have great endurance for sled racing. Loyal and alert, this brave dog is very fond of his or her family. Very intelligent and trainable, but they have a mind of their own and will only obey a command if they see the point and if you do not display leadership, they will not see the point in obeying you. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the Arctic dog character. If you are not this dog’s 100% firm, confident, consistent pack leader, he will take advantage if he can, becoming willful and mischievous. They make excellent jogging companions, as long as it is not too hot. This breed likes to howl and gets bored easily. They do not like to be left alone, so if this is the breed for you, you may want to consider having two. A lonely sled dog, or a dog that does not get enough mental and physical exercise can become very destructive. Remember that the Canadian Eskimo Dog is a sled dog in heart and soul. They are good with other pets if they are raised with them from puppyhood. This breed likes to roam. Canadian Eskimo Dogs can make wonderful companions for people who are aware of what to expect from these beautiful and intelligent animals.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 24 to 29 inches (61 to 73 cm) Females 27 to 29 inches (68 to 73 cm)

Weight: Males 66 to 88 pounds (30 to 40 kg) Females 40 to 66 pounds (18 to 30 kg)

Health Problems


Living Conditions

They are not usually recommended for apartments, however they can live in apartments if well trained and properly exercised. Canadian Eskimo Dogs are very active indoors and do best with a fenced-in large yard. Because of their heavy coats, these dogs prefer cool climates. One has to use common sense with respect to maintaining them in the heat by providing adequate shade and air conditioning. This breed prefers to live in packs.


Canadian Eskimo Dogs need a fair amount of exercise, including a daily walk or jog, but should not be excessively exercised in warm weather. They need a large yard with a high fence, but bury the wire at the base of the fence because they are likely to dig their way out and go off hunting.

Life Expectancy

About 12-13 years

Litter Size

About 3-8 puppies


The coat sheds heavily twice a year. During that time they need to be brushed and combed daily.





  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Keena the Canadian Eskimo puppy is laying on a bed with its head on a pillow and looking at the camera holder

Keena the Canadian Eskimo puppy

Keena the Canadian Eskimo puppy is standing on a brown tiled floor in front of a dresser and is chewing on a brown leather boot

Keena the Canadian Eskimo puppy