Greenland Dog – A Versatile Hunting Dog

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Greenland Dog

Greenland Dog looks like a Siberian husky and Alaskan malamute. It is a hardworking sled dog and is also a remarkable hunter; excels in hunting polar bear and seal. On the workplace they become determined hunter and inside home they become sweet and loving pet. This working class breed is not suitable for apartment because it needs space to open up and wander. They thrive well in a working environment alongside humans. Its endless energy, mental strength and boldness make it one of the desirable cold region dogs. It is also one of the oldest dog breeds that existed since centuries. It gets along well with other dogs because historically it was taught to hunt in packs. With children they tend to be patience and protective. They adore children and love to play with them. Its devotion to the family members makes it popular breed in Greenland.

Origin

As the name suggests, this ancient breed belongs to Greenland. According to sources, Vikings (an Eskimo tribe) were the first to bring this dog to Greenland. It was husky kind of dog that was bred to pull sled and hunt polar bears and seal for humans. The dog’s thick double coat and stamina to work even in -150 degree Fahrenheit made it a priceless possession to them. Though the breed is rare outside Greenland but in its own country it enjoys popularity and respect.

Greenland Dog Facts & Characteristics

  1. The dog belongs to Greenland and is a working class breed
  2. It excels in hunting polar bear and seal
  3. The dog’s thick coat and stamina helps it to pull sled
  4. It forms strong bonds with other animals
  5. It is a boisterous, loyal, fearless and brave breed
  6. The dog is available in black, grey and white color and combination of the two mentioned color
  7. It stands at a height of 58–68 cm tall
  8. It weigh around 30–32 kg
  9. It lives around 12 to 14 years
  10. The grooming needs of the dog are minimal
  11. The breed is associated with Siberian husky and Alaskan malamute
  12. Puppy cost is around $500 to $800
  13. It is not a hypoallergenic breed
  14. The breed retains a wolf character and instinct. Training the dog can be challenging
  15. You need to establish yourself as alpha and leader in dog’s mind
  16. It is suitable for active owners who can conduct vigorous exercise to the dog.

Appearance

Greenland Dog is a powerful and sturdily built up dog. Its skull is wide and muzzle is wedged shape. Eyes are dark in color with little tilted positioning on face. Ears are erect and stand atop the head. Its face is covered with thick fur to avoid frost bite.  Tail is bushy and long that gets curved at the end. The body is rectangular in shape means it is longer in length than height.

Size and Weight

Males are 58 and 68 cm tall while females are slightly shorter and are 51 and 61 cm tall. The weight of the breed is between 30 to 32 kg.

Coat and Color

It has dense two layered coat. The coat is thick that helps the dog to withstand extreme cold conditions. Top coat is of medium length and slightly coarse to touch. Undercoat is soft and wooly. The tail and ears are covered in thick fur too. The dog is available in various combinations of white, black, brown, red and gray.

Temperament

  1. Personality – They are cute looking teddy bear kind of dogs. They take their role of hunting seriously. They think themselves as a leader of the pack so you need to take the lead. While taking it out, be a foot ahead of your dog. This will give impression that you’re the leader of dog. Because of this reason, they are not suitable for first time owners. Once the leadership has been established, the dog will become the most lovable creature for you. It is also protective of its family.
  2. Behavior – It is a working class breed, hence work keeps it happy and engaging. They are not for apartment life because of their high energy, drive of hunting and tendency to work. Despite being heavy in size, the dog is far from being a couch potato. The worst day of dog is the one where he is made to sit idle. An idle dog becomes destructive in nature and becomes hard to control. They love the work that involves strength and stamina. Being a sled dog they love to pull objects. Small animals should be kept away from the dog.
  3. Trainability – Socialization lesson and establishing yourself as leader of the house is imperative for this dog. Training could be difficult because they tend to strong willed and possess an independent streak. But with stern behavior with an air of politeness in your voice, the dog can learn the skills efficiently. Treats and appreciation will foster training of dog.
  4. Activities Requirement – The dog loves to run and pull objects. They love to be outside so make sure you provide it an opportunity to run and bounce. Even after you have provided it daily dose of exercise the dog will not sit idle and keeps on wandering. You can also take your dog on skiing and on adventure trips. At least 1 to 2 hours of training is must for them.

Feeding

You need to feed this dog barf diet. Barf is an acronym of biological appropriate raw food. You can give raw ham and egg to this dog. Deer meet provides a good supplement of minerals and vitamins to this dog. You should keep in mind that dogs are carnivorous animals and they love bones and meat. You can also give them fresh chicken and grains to eat. This breed loves fruits, cottage cheese and boiled eggs.

Lifespan

They live around 13 to 14 years of age

Health issues

The dog is not hypoallergenic in nature. It is a healthy dog that doesn’t suffer from major health issues. Minor health concerns of this breed are- gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, and other musculoskeletal problems.

Grooming

It sheds throughout the year and heavy shedding is done twice a year at the time of season change. There is also no need for trimming the hair of this breed. They keep themselves clean, so there is no requirement of bathing and trimming its hair regularly. Only Few times a year they should be bath. You are required to comb the hair of this dog daily to avoid mess. Brush the teeth of the dog regularly so that it doesn’t develop cavities. Wipe the eyes of the dog with soft tissue because this breed loves to be outside all time and as a result dust particles can enter its eyes.

Habitat

The dog is not suitable for apartment life. They thrive well in cold climate regions.

Pet Dog Names

  1. Rita
  2. Molly
  3. Abella
  4. Danny
  5. Dollar

Things To Consider Before Buying

Pros

  1. Part and parcel of people living in cold regions
  2. The dog is versatile in nature, it can pull sled, hunt polar bears and seal and become an affectionate family dog
  3. They are healthy breeds.

Cons

  1. Not suitable for apartment life and hot temperature regions
  2. It can think itself as leader if right training is not provided
  3. The breed is not hypoallergenic in nature.

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