18 April, 2013

Canadian Eskimo Dogs

Canadian Eskimo Dogs are one of the rarest and oldest indigenous breeds in the world. So rare, one point in time there was reported to have less than 600 in the world. According to research a program called "Eskimo Dog Research" (EDRF) and Brian Ladoon helped bring this breed from the brink of extinction.  Here is the actual quote of the declination of this breed.

Via Wikipedia "There is some debate surrounding the decline of the breed. Often the introduction of the snowmobile is cited as the main contributing factor. In the 19th century and early 20th century this breed was in demand for polar expeditions. When snowmobiles came into use, the population numbers started rapidly declining, because snowmobiles are faster and need less care. In the 1920s there were approximately 20,000 dogs living in the Canadian Arctic, and the breed had been accepted for showing by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC); however, in 1959 the AKC dropped the breed from its registry because of extremely low numbers.[20] Inuit communities have gone on record for blaming the breed's decline on mass killings that occurred during the 1950s to 1970s. Many claim that the RCMP and other persons in authority killed Inuit sled dogs systematically and determinedly.[8] It is proposed this was done to disrupt Inuit culture and way of life. Though there is no major consensus, by 1963 there was supposedly only one dog registered with the CKC, and when this dog died there were still no others registered. The decline in dog population and allegations against the RCMP by Inuit is documented in the 2010 National Film Board of Canada film Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths.[21]"

 Incredibly hard working, tough, intelligent, alert and loyal, I believe this breed needs more recognition. Eskimo Dogs are known for their capability to survive harsh conditions with little nourishment. As are the other breeds I will write about in other posts.
Particularly the Canadian Eskimo Dog is no different than the more popular arctic dogs, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute or Samoyeds. A lot like huskies and Malamues, Eskimo dogs come in a variety of colors and marking types. From red, white, black, silver or gray. If only more people knew their beauty and amazement.

However, they happen to be easier to train, and a seemingly better dog of this type to own. That is if you can find a breeder that is willing to sell a pup. Unfortunately there are many other Eskimo Dog owners similar, who would tell you, "we're not selling any dogs, or they are not for sale." However, this is not just for Canadian Eskimo Dogs but for almost any rare breeds. Like majority of dogs, this breed is not for everyone, but very interesting to admire. 

Unlike most dogs, they require more than a walk around the block. Their high energy and tough mentality makes them more compatible for mushers. Perhaps even super active runners would even be ideal owners, who are physically strong. They are not suitable for children and thrive in colder climates of the country or spacious suburban regions. It is said Canadian Eskimo Dogs have a lifespan of 10-14 years.

Incredible or not? That is why I have featured them in my upcoming novel. Eskimo Dogs deserve to be known as the common husky is. Please help spread their name and make them a popular breed.

Thanks - Tikaani Moon

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