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In 1972, government biologist William (Bill Carpenter) and John McGrath (passed away February 6, 2013), an economic development officer for the Northwest Territories government, initiated the "Eskimo Dog Project", which Bill implemented with the creation of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation.
Dna evidence links the Eskimo Dog with the Australian Dingo, the New Guinea Singing dog, the Greenland dog and the Shiba Inu. Many consider the Canadian Eskimo dog to be he most genuinely diligent sled dog of all the northern dog breeds. Definition and Etymology There has been some confusion over this breed. First, because the term 'Eskimo dog' has long been used in a general sense to refer to any sled dog used by the Inuits. We use the term here in the strict sense of the breed originating from the stock primarily bred by the Eskimo Dog Research Foundation.
Since the 1970s, the Eskimo Dog Research Foundation (EDRF) and Brian Ladoon have worked to increase the breed's numbers. The EDRF was founded in 1972 by William Carpenter and John McGrath and was largely funded by the Canadian Government and the Northwest Territories Government, with some support from the CKC.  The EDRF purchased dogs from the small (about 200 dogs) population remaining in the Canadian Arctic from remote Inuit camps on Baffin Island, Boothia Peninsula, and Melville Peninsula.