Green land dog
Historical evidence has been unearthed that indicates that a dog resembling the Greenland was brought to the country by the Sarqaq people some 4000-5000 years ago and other artefacts found with the human and canine remains suggest that these people originated from Siberia. This makes the Greenland Dog one of the oldest breeds in the world. This Spitz-type dog has existed throughout the Arctic regions since antiquity. The ancestry of this breed can possibly be traced back to the dogs accompanying people from Siberia well over 12,000 years ago.
The Greenland Dog is similar to the Canadian Eskimo Sleddog, but is not as heavy and slightly taller. It has a thick stand-off outer coat and dense under wool, which allows it to withstand constant outdoor living in temperatures that can reach -50 to -75 degrees Fahrenheit. It has small triangular ears which rarely get frostbite. The head is robust, broad and wedge shaped. The jaws are extremely powerful. It has a large, bushy tail, which curls over the dog’s back and protects the dog’s face while it is sleeping. The legs are well feathered and the toes are thickly furred with large pads.
The breed remains principally a working dog. It has the typical Nordic, good, loyal temperament, but when the dogs work in teams, they do not have the opportunity to develop a relationship with one master. They are independent, self-willing, rowdy and boisterous in their play. This dog is not content to simply lie around the house all day long; the Greenland Dog needs to work or have some kind of vigorous activity. In recent times it has become more popular in Norway and Sweden as a hiking companion. This breed also lives with the Eskimos and shares the hardships the Eskimos face. They pull sleds and help with the hunt for bears and seals. They are usually friendly toward people and have no guarding or protector instincts, but their hunting skills are very developed.
Occasionally brushing of this breed is more than enough for it.
The Greenland Dog is not a breed to contently lie around your house. It needs to be taken on a daily, long brisk walk, and needs to have a job to do. While out on the walk make sure the dog heels beside or behind the person holding the lead, never in front, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. This is not a dog for apartment living as he will need space to run and play. He will also need a job of some kind to keep him occupied and prevent him from becoming bored and destructive. The Greenland can live outdoors quite happily and will not tolerate excessive heat well.The Greenland Dog needs a long, brisk walk every day