10 loveable dog breeds that originated in Canada


Canadian Inuit Dog

Also known as Qimmiq in Inuktitut or the Canadian Eskimo dog by the Canadian Kennel Club, this is one of the oldest and rarest indigenous purebred species of dog in North America. Once a sled or pack dog, the breed was threatened with extinction as snowmobiles became more and more common in the Arctic. Although there are only about 300 purebred dogs out there, there are concerted efforts to preserve the species. Canadian Inuit dogs are thought to have been brought to North America from Siberia by the Thule people 1,000 years ago, and are genetically identical to Greenland dogs. And while Canadian Inuit dogs are undoubtedly Canucks, unlike most other Canadians, these doggos prefer cold weather, often preferring to sleep outside, even in winter.


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