Happy Canada Day! What better way to honor (or honour) the the great white north than by counting down some of our favorite Canadian dog breeds? You’ll recognize some, but others might be new to you. Perhaps you’ll find a new canine Canuck to love!
The Labrador retriever is an incredibly popular. They’re sweet, playful, and eager to please. Originally from Newfoundland, these dogs were bred to help out with fishing, but now they’re known as a loving household pet. They’re obedient and polite, so that Canadian stereotype rings true in this case.
Newfoundland dogs look like great big bears, but they’re docile as can be. Also hailing from Newfoundland, they love splashing around in the water, but they’re all about lounging around on the chesterfield… That’s Canadian for couch! They require a fair amount of grooming and they drool an unfathomable amount, but it’s worth it, eh?
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Cuter than Bieber, more hardworking than Celine Dion, and more driven than Drake, the Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever represents the best of Canada. They come from (you guessed it) Nova Scotia and they’re known for attracting ducks to shore with their zany antics so the hunters have an easy shot. Though they’re often low-key, they do need sufficient exercise and intellectual stimulation to keep them from chewing things like a possessed beaver.
Canadian Eskimo Dog
The Canadian Eskimo dog (originally called Qimmiq) is a rare and beautiful creature from the Arctic. There are very few remaining, in fact only a couple hundred, but their proud heritage goes back to 1100-1200 AD. Slowly but surely, they’ve built up their numbers from near extinction in the 1980s, so we hope we’ll see more of these beautiful dogs.
The Labrador husky is neither Labrador nor husky, at least not as a direct cross-breed. The breed actually has some ancestry in common with the Canadian Eskimo dog It’s more of a howler than a barker and were used primarily as sled dogs, not unlike the Siberian Husky, but they were bred with wolves throughout their breed development.
Seppala Siberian Sled Dog
Seppala Siberian sled dogs are not exactly like Siberian huskies, but there’s a lot of overlap. That said, they’re generally speaking lighter and they have historically been bred as work dogs longer than their husky counterparts. They’re sled dogs (it’s right there in the name) but they’ll happily go out for long walks or jogs with you, especially if you stop for a cool down treat after.
Not quite a bulldog, not quite a boxer, the valley bulldog is a silly, charming dog with a lot of love to give. Canada has a long history of hilarious comedians, and this pup is no exception. They’re named for the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, and they’re sometimes known as the Bull-Boxer. But we’re going to respect their Canadian heritage!