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Greenland Dog

General Description

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.

Hereditary Illnesses

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.

Character and Temperament

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.


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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