Health and Hygiene

The CED's basic health needs are easily met by providing nutritious food,  proper grooming, annual visits to the veterinarian, vaccinations, and lots of exercise. 

Brushing should be done once a week to help stimulate new hair growth, and once a day when the CED is shedding.  Traditionally, the moulting period was an annual event generally occurring during the autumn, however, dogs living in warmer climates have adapted to the higher temperatures, and now tend to blow their coat in the spring and again in the fall.  Brushing helps to distribute the natural oils that the dog produces as a natural defence against water penetration which, in their natural environment, could have caused death almost instantaneously.  Because of the oils, which also keep the skin healthy, bathing is done infrequently. 

Raw bones are given occasionally to provide calcium and other nutrients, but also to help promote good dental health. 

Veterinarians play a vital role in keeping a CED healthy.  Maintaining optimum health of these dogs is of utmost importance as there is still so few dogs that to lose a portion of the current breed population / gene pool to a preventable illness would severely jeopardize the future of the breed. The CED does not have a highly developed immune system as the disease-causing micro-organisms that are common in most areas are not capable of surviving in the extremely cold environment of the arctic, therefore annual vaccinations are highly recommended (and in some instances, required by law).