Salish Wool Dog  Information & Dog Breed Facts

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Origin United States flag United States
Other Names
What other names does the Salish Wool Dog  have?
Coast Salish Woolly Dog Woolly Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Salish Wool Dog  Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Salish Wool Dog  puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Salish Wool Dog  is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Salish Wool Dog ?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Salish Wool Dog  Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Salish Wool Dog  weigh? Salish Wool Dog  weight:
Male: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg), Female: 18-23 pounds (8-10 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Salish Wool Dog ? Salish Wool Dog  average weight:
Male: 20.5 pounds (9 kg), Female: 20.5 pounds (9 kg)
Height
How tall is the Salish Wool Dog ? Salish Wool Dog  height:
Male: 15–18 inches (39–45 cm), Female: 15–17 inches (38–44 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Salish Wool Dog  average height:
Male: 16.5 inches (42 cm), Female: 16 inches (41 cm)

Salish Wool Dog  Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Salish Wool Dog  have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense Smooth Fluffy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Salish Wool Dog 's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Salish Wool Dog  and how often?
Advanced: The Salish Wool Dog  requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Salish Wool Dog  a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Salish Wool Dog , search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Salish Wool Dog  dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Coast Salish Woolly Dog?
Salish Wool Dog s shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Salish Wool Dog  breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Salish Wool Dog  need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Salish Wool Dog  every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Salish Wool Dog  Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Salish Wool Dog  have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Lively Attentive Trainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Salish Wool Dog ? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Salish Wool Dog 's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Salish Wool Dog  dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Salish Wool Dog s are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Salish Wool Dog  is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Salish Wool Dog  sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Salish Wool Dog s don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Salish Wool Dog s are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Coast Salish Woolly Dog need? Salish Wool Dog  social needs:
Salish Wool Dog s need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Salish Wool Dog  dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Coast Salish Woolly Dog bark?
Average to High: The Salish Wool Dog  is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Salish Wool Dog  good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Salish Wool Dog s are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Salish Wool Dog s will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Salish Wool Dog  dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Salish Wool Dog s are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Salish Wool Dog  bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Coast Salish Woolly Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Salish Wool Dog ? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Salish Wool Dog  has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Salish Wool Dog  has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Salish Wool Dog  bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Salish Wool Dog  do?
Salish Wool Dog s have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Salish Wool Dog s need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Salish Wool Dog  to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Salish Wool Dog  roam?
Salish Wool Dog s have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Salish Wool Dog  have high prey drive?
Salish Wool Dog s have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Salish Wool Dog s are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Salish Wool Dog  good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Salish Wool Dog  indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Salish Wool Dog s adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Salish Wool Dog  Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Salish Wool Dog  temperament with other people:
Salish Wool Dog s are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Salish Wool Dog  dogs get along with other pets? Are Salish Wool Dog  dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Salish Wool Dog s are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Salish Wool Dog  dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Salish Wool Dog  temperament with children:
Salish Wool Dog s are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Salish Wool Dog  dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Salish Wool Dog s are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Salish Wool Dog  good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Salish Wool Dog  dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Salish Wool Dog s are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Salish Wool Dog  breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Salish Wool Dog s are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Salish Wool Dog s good office dogs? Do Salish Wool Dog s make good office friendly dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog s be office dogs?
No
Salish Wool Dog  is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Salish Wool Dog  dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Coast Salish Woolly Dog temperament with senior people? Are Salish Wool Dog  dogs good for elderly owners?
Salish Wool Dog s are usually recommended for elderly people.

Salish Wool Dog  Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Salish Wool Dog  dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Salish Wool Dog  is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Salish Wool Dog  breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Salish Wool Dog  see the vet?
Average
The Salish Wool Dog  should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Salish Wool Dog  dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Salish Wool Dog  be? What is the age limit of the Salish Wool Dog ? How many years can the oldest Salish Wool Dog  live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of Salish Wool Dog : 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Salish Wool Dog  breed hypoallergenic?
No
Salish Wool Dog s don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Salish Wool Dog  have? What is the activity level of the Salish Wool Dog ?
Salish Wool Dog s have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Salish Wool Dog  dogs require per day?
Salish Wool Dog s have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Salish Wool Dog s sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Salish Wool Dog  need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Salish Wool Dog  risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Salish Wool Dog  has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Salish Wool Dog 's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Salish Wool Dog  has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Salish Wool Dog  drool?
The Salish Wool Dog  is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Salish Wool Dog  could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Salish Wool Dog . If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Salish Wool Dog  As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Salish Wool Dog  is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Salish Wool Dog  be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Salish Wool Dog  is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Salish Wool Dog  is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Salish Wool Dog  is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a boat dog?

Not really

Salish Wool Dog  breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Salish Wool Dog  be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Salish Wool Dog  is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Salish Wool Dog  dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Salish Wool Dog  Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Salish Wool Dog : The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Salish Wool Dog  have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-3 puppies

Salish Wool Dog  Recognition

AKC Group
Is Salish Wool Dog  recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Salish Wool Dog  recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Salish Wool Dog  Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Salish Wool Dog 's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Salish Wool Dog s are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Salish Wool Dog  is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Salish Wool Dog  has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Salish Wool Dog  has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Salish Wool Dog s are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Salish Wool Dog s are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Salish Wool Dog s are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Salish Wool Dog s are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Salish Wool Dog s don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Salish Wool Dog  requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Salish Wool Dog s shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Salish Wool Dog s have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Office Friendly: Salish Wool Dog  is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Salish Wool Dog  History

The Salish Wool Dog was an important part of Coast Salish life throughout southern Vancouver Island, what is now Washington and British Columbia. They were described as small dogs, usually with white long hair, a thick coat, a fox-like face, and ears that stood up. The breed was developed and lived along with indigenous people for thousands of years before European contact happened. According to experts, the oldest remains were found in the Puget Sound and Strait of Georgia from 4000 years ago. There are many stories and theories about the Salish Wool Dog but none has the evidence to back it up. According to a 19th-century naturalist John Keast Lord, the dogs originated from a Japanese shipwreck on the Pacific Coast, but as I mentioned, he had no evidence for his claim.

Moreover, the breed was actually used because of its hair, which people used for clothing and blankets. Salish Wool dogs were kept separate from other dog breeds so that Coast Salish people could maintain the breed and keep the strong coat. This meant that they were often confined to small isolated islands in the San Juans and around Vancouver Island. Often the dogs would live in packs of about 20 to 30 and were fed a diet of fish and elk tallow to keep their coats healthy as well. At least once a year, but probably more, the dogs were sheared. When the dogs’ coats were long enough, female weavers washed the animals with white clay to remove the dirt, and then they often used sharp stones or knives made of mussel shells to shear the dogs. According to the researcher, the explorer Captain George Vancouver once said that the coat from Salish Wool Dogs was so thick once sheared that you could pick up a corned and the whole fleece would hold together. The cut hair was then stored with dried clay to extract oil and kill any parasites. These dogs and their fleece were highly prized within the Coast Salish communities as there weren’t any native sheep. Also because mountain goats were never really domesticated in the area, gathering wool from only these animals was difficult and never fully amounted to enough for a full blanket. However, the Salish Wool Dogs allowed for the people to have easily accessible wool for textiles and blankets before sheep were imported by European settlers around 1862. Many people would mix in other fibers, like fleece from plan fibers) to make the wool from dogs last longer.

Furthermore, the Salish Wool dogs were most likely owned by high-ranking families within Coast Salish communities. Among the Olympic Peninsula Indigenous nations, the dogs were owned by women and inherited through the female line. They were highly valued and often buried wrapped in a blanket to honor them. However, the Salish Wool dog population declined throughout the 1800s. The increased presence of the European settlers meant that the settlers’ dogs were bred with the Salish Wool dogs, decimating the latter’s population. In addition to this, Indigenous populations also declined because of the land displacement and disease caused by settler colonization. By the 1820s, fur-trading posts had introduced inexpensive, machine-made blankets from England. These European blankets meant that there was no need to keep the dogs for their hair, especially since feeding a herd of dogs required fish that could otherwise be used to feed people. By 1900, the long, woolly fur characteristics of the breed had disappeared, though there were a number of rare sightings of the dogs on reservations up to 1940. Unfortunately, the breed is currently extinct and has been for many many years now.

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