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BREEDS

GREENLAND DOGS

The breed of Greenland Dogs is one of the oldest in the world and belongs to the polar dogs. They originally live, as the name suggests, on Greenland. Since time immemorial they have been bred for physical robustness and for work. Their main activities are hunting polar bears and seals and pulling heavy sledges. The harsh environment on Greenland also made them inventive survivalists. They easily defy the strong winds and cold winters with their thick fur. While they become rather cozy at temperatures above freezing, they really blossom the colder it gets. Walking for hours at -30 degrees is no problem for real Greenlanders.

Due to the adverse conditions on Greenland, the dogs are also still used to eating meat and fat in large frozen portions. To protect these many characteristics of the animals the dog equator was already introduced at the end of the 19th century. It separates West Greenland (here the Greenland dogs are used) from the rest of the island. This is to prevent the spread of novel diseases or the loss of characteristics, such as the coat or the robust stomach, through breeding with other dogs.

Their nature is often described as very strong in character. They demand a clear pack structure and are always ready to question it. Accordingly, the cooperation with the dogs is demanding. If it harmonizes then all the more wonderfully. Thus for example Robert Edwin Peary and Roald Amundsen made themselves the animals on their expeditions to use. Roald Amundsen reached in December 1911 with the help of 92 Greenland dogs the geographical South Pole as the first person ever. The use of the animals was essential in comparison with his competitor Scott.

Nowadays, the people of Greenland still often use their dogs for hunting and recreational purposes. Modern snowmobiles are used to transport people and luggage, and dogs are also often replaced by long-range firearms for hunting.
In Northern Europe and North America, Greenland dogs are also used as sled dogs. Although the racing scene is clearly dominated by the mixed breed dogs called ‘Alaskan Husky’, we always try to present our primal breed on the big, prestigious races as well. Among others, Dominik became world champion in 2017 and Adrian finished the toughest race in Sweden in 2023 as the first person with purebred dogs.

ALASKAN MALAMUTES

Similar to Greenland Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes are also one of the original breeds and sled dogs. They have been used for over 2000 years to pull large loads in North America and were bred more for strength and endurance than for speed. Named after the region they come from (Alaska) and the regional Mahlemiur tribe, they are often described as particularly proud and headstrong, but also as very loyal companions who enjoy the work of pulling. They brave cold winds and snow without any problems thanks to their thick fur.

In contrast to the Greenland Dogs, which come in different colors and spots, the Alaskan Malamutes have a very breed-typical outer appearance. The more or less pronounced mask on the face still testifies to their close relationship to the wolf. They are also very pack-oriented, but also like to follow their own plans with their thick skull. Towards humans they are usually remarkably friendly and love to be cuddled, but they can also dominate and make their demands. Even before the first Greenland dogs, expeditions were organized with the help of Malamutes in the Arctic. Their natural survival instinct makes them strong allies in the most adverse conditions of the Arctic environment. Thus they earned the nickname ‘locomotives of the north’. After the breed was almost lost in the American ‘gold rush’ at the beginning of the 20th century, it has been bred back in since 1926.

OUR DOGS

The origin of the Greenlandic name Kitana is unknown, but we found it very fitting for her. She is very bold and prefers to try things out directly instead of waiting. When she finds something new, she wants to explore it right away. She is very fearless and already shows at a young age that she wants to go far.

In Nordic mythology, Kaldr was the wolfhound of the goddess Skadi. Our Kaldr is undoubtedly the best singer in our kennel, which he likes to demonstrate. In harness work, he has been highly motivated from the start and quickly earned a place in the lead team. He is still quite young but likes to test how strong he has become and greatly enjoys leading a whole team on the sled.

We named Katinka in honor of her breeder, Katinka Mossin, who has been known as a Greenland dog breeder throughout Europe since the late 1970s. Like her sister Kitana, our little one loves to explore the world around her. She is very independent but always seeks contact with the people accompanying her on her journey.

Skadi is named after the Nordic goddess of hunting and winter. She is an energetic, curious dog who has taken on more and more of a leadership role since joining us. In training, she is always engaged and loves to explore new things with us.

The sister of Katinka and Kitana is particularly affectionate. She likes to let her two sisters lead the way and then follow them on their joint explorations. Her name can be traced back to the jackdaw (bird). When she’s not busy playing with her two sisters, she loves to cuddle with them or the people around her.

OUR GUEST DOGS

dog sponsoring

SPONSOR YOUR FAVORITE DOG AND BE PART OF HIS LIFE!

 

 

Our dogs at Camp Thrymhein are part of our family. However, they also mean a lot of work, dedication, time and love. Especially our Nordic breeds have high demands, which have nothing to do with the demands of other family dogs. Something we also always have to tell our guests, who usually immediately fall in love with our beautiful and people-friendly dogs. Because these breeds are not made for a life in the city, let alone in an apartment or in warm climates. If you still want to take some responsibility and be part of our family, you can take over a sponsorship for one of our pelt-noses. We offer different sponsorships. In return, you will receive regular updates and photos of your dog, and you may come visit him at any time. In addition, you will receive a discount on our camp accommodations or camp activities. Every contribution will be used for our dogs e.g. for food, vet costs and kennel maintenance.

SPONSORING "BRONZE"

Duration: min. 1 year, 20,-€ per month or one-time 240,-€.

Our thank you for your bronze sponsorship:

  • Photos & Updates
  • free Meet & Greet with your sponsored dog
  • per sponsorship year 1x 20% discount on an overnight stay at Camp Thrymheim
  • 1x 20% discount on one day activity at the camp per sponsorship year

SPONSORING "SILVER"

Duration: min. 1 year, 50,-€ per month or one-time 600,-€.

Our thank you for your silver sponsorship:

  • Photos & Updates
  • free Meet & Greet with your sponsored dog
  • per sponsorship year 1x 50% discount on an overnight stay at Camp Thrymheim
  • 1x 50% discount on one day activity at the camp per sponsorship year

SPONSORING "GOLD"

Duration: min. 1 year, 100,-€ per month or one-time 1.200,-€.

Our thank you for your silver sponsorship:

  • Photos & Updates
  • free Meet & Greet with your sponsored dog
  • per sponsorship year one free overnight stay at Camp Thrymheim
  • one free one day activity at the camp per sponsorship year

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