At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 70 lbs.

Height: 22" - 25"

Life Span: 13 - 14 years

Greenland Dog

Also know as: Grønlandshunden

Group: Working

Origin: Siberia (Ancient Times)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Sled Dog

History and Facts: It is suspected that the Greenland Dog is a descendant of the dogs that migrated out of Siberia with humans more than 12,000 years ago. The Inuit tribe may have crossed these dogs with local wolves to create the breed. Litters are infrequently born and the breed is quite rare. Most Greenland Dogs are still located in the northern country as working animals. However, some have been dispersed in North America and Northern Europe as pets after owners have taken a trip to Greenland and brought puppies back with them.

Temperament / Behavior
Although independent and somewhat aloof, the Greenland Dog will form a strong bond with its owner. This breed has the same good temperament and friendliness toward humans as most Nordic breeds. Over-friendliness and lack of a protective nature means that the Greenland Dog is not ideal for guarding. The breed is a working breed, accustomed to constant physical and mental activity. The Greenland Dog could become depressed or destructive if confined with nothing to do for long periods of time.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Greenland Dog requires frequent exercise due to its sporting nature. Long daily walks, jogs or runs are necessary to keep this breed physically fit and mentally alert. Greenland Dogs are happiest when they have a job to do, so activities such as sledding and hunting are recommended.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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