The Originals: Canadian Dogs

Can you guess which dog breeds are native to Canada?

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


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It’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year! Yup, that’s right, Canada is 1.5 centuries old, and everyone’s excited. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia united on July 1, 1867 to make Canada! Then, the province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec to join New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.


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The rest is history. Now Canada comprises of the beautiful ten provinces and three territories. Who knows where they are on a map? We won’t judge you if you don’t! Since Confederation, the country of Canada has been known to be the friendly neighbor to the US, the creators of pasteurization, and even the inventors of basketball! (Thanks Canada Heritage Minutes!)

But what we think is most important are the dogs native to Canada. The Canadian Kennel Club recognizes five dog breeds who are uniquely Canadian. Before you start guessing, we’ll give you one: the Tahltan Bear Dog. Native to First Nations of northewestern British Columbia, these dogs hunted bears and lynx. Unfortunately, they are all extinct now.

We’ll start with an easy one!


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The Newfoundland

These fluffy, gentle giants are native to – you guessed it – Newfoundland! They were working dogs to the fisherman off the cost of Newfoundland. They’re strong, loyal, and amazing swimmers. Usually their coats are black or brown. There are black and white Newfies, but these are called Landseers!


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Newfoundlands may have originated from Aboriginal dogs or even Viking dogs. These dogs then bred with Basque and Portuguese dogs that were brought with fishing fleets. British people loved these big black dogs and brought them back to England.

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