Traditionally, Salish Woolly dogs held significant roles in the Coast Salish lifestyle, until the decline of their population in the 1800s. The dogs went extinct around 1900 as a result of European colonization. Woolly dogs were inherited by way of female lineage and owned by Coast Salish women. The woolly dogs were raised and bred for their fur, which weavers combined with mountain goat hair to create clothing and blankets.
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A portrait of two Coast Salish women holding a Salish Woolly dog (courtesy of the Chilliwack Museum and Archives, Booen Fonds, P. Coll 120 No. 25).