The Greenland Dog is a powerful, heavy-built dog. It has a broad, wedge-shaped head, slightly tilted eyes and small, triangular ears covered with thick fur that prevents frostbite. It has strong, muscular, short-haired legs. The tail is usually rolled along/across its back.
Because the Greenland Dog is an ancient breed it is generally healthy and hardy. As a large-breed dog, however, this pooch is subject to a few health problems such as gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, and other musculoskeletal problems. They are also prone to working injuries received in the field.
Whilst being typically healthy and resilient, the Greenland Dog is susceptible to a range of genetic diseases, including optical disorders and epilepsy. Documented cases of cataracts, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy are numerous in the breed. As with most breeds, hip and elbow dysplasia is frequently observed.
Aloof and very independent, the Greenland Dog can be loving with an owner he bonds with. 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.
As a sledge dog, the Greenland Dog has excellent stamina and endurance. These dogs are active and require a significant amount of daily exercise in order to remain happy and healthy. Because these dogs are intelligent they also require mental stimulation in addition to physical stimulation and exercise.
It will not need professional grooming unless you opt to use one, but the fur on the paws should be clipped when it gets too long to prevent it tangling. Give it a bath when it really needs one, roughly every two to three months.
The Greenland Dog is a large breed of a husky-type dog kept as a sled dog. They were brought from Siberia to North America by the Thule people 1,000 years ago, along with the Canadian Eskimo Dog that is genetically identical
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