The Canadian Eskimo Dog's temperament reflects its original work and environment. It is loyal, tough, brave, intelligent, and alert. Owing to their original environment, they take pure delight in cold weather, often preferring to sleep outside in winter. Like most spitz breeds they can be very vocal. Canadian Eskimo Dogs need a very large amount of exercise. They cannot just be walked, they need higher intensity work, requiring more exercise than many dog owners can give. This need for work and stimulation makes them well-suited for dog sports, such as carting, mushing, and skijoring. The Canadian Eskimo Dog is best kept in a cold climate, and is prone to heatstroke.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Two of the major international standards are:
"Even though health studies have not been conducted on the Canadian Eskimo Dog, they have been for similar and closely related breeds. Among the problems of greatest concern that have been discovered include:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy/PRA
Inability to digest plant matter
Inability to digest commercial dog foods