Greenland Sledge Dog

Not Recognized by AKC

Two Greenland Sledge Dogs in the snow- one is howling and the other is lying down

Height at Shoulders

Females 21.5+ in, Males 23.5+ in

Weight

60-100 lbs

Life Expectancy

~13 yrs

History

The Greenland Sledge Dog is one of the oldest dog breeds, and has been around since ancient times. It is believed that they were brought from Siberia to North America about 1,000 years ago by the Thule people. While the Paleo-Eskimo people along with their dogs settled in the Arctic about 4,500 years ago, the Thule people did not settle until about 1,000 years ago. Genetic analysis has showed that the Inuit dogs of Canada and Greenland both descended from dogs associated with the Thule people. Analysis also showed that Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Greenland Sledge Dogs are genetically identical. Greenland Sledge Dogs were employed as hunting and transportation dogs, with traits such as endurance and strength being selected for. They were large game hunters, taking down animals such as seals and polar bears.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Greenland Sledge Dogs will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★☆☆☆

★☆

★☆

★★

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★☆☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★★

Common Traits

Bold, tireless, clever, and very wolf-like

Aloof and independent, but are affectionate and loyal with bonded caretaker

Generally friendly to everyone and have no guarding or protecting instinct

Happiest with a job to do that requires mental stimulation and rigorous exercise

Due to being bred for pack structure, they have a strong instinct to assume dominance and it needs to be made clear to them that their caretaker is the alpha