Northern Inuit Dog

Northern Inuit Dog

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A northern inuit dog is very friendly and fun to have around, and these dogs go through training very well. These animals are very faithful, friendly and placid. They are never aggressive or showing any guarding tendencies and tend to submit to their owners. The Northern Inuit Dog England. Breeding began in the late-80’s in an attempt to return a domestic dog breed to phenotypically resemble the wolf. Friendly, but can be protective if it needs to. It is not uncommon to see a Northern Inuit to fight back when challenged.

In the late 1980s several rescue dogs, of unknown origins (mongrels) were bred with Northern breeds such as the Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute, the German Shepherd was also included for training purposes, the resulting dogs were named the Northern Inuit dog, even though they are not a northern breed. The aim of this was to create a dog that closely resembles a wolf in appearance but with the gentle character of a domestic dog. However, there is some controversy over whether there has been indeed Wolf content added into the dogs at some stage, and even recently, as some records have indicated, and some evidence has suggested.

Their loving companionship, gentle nature and comical personality make them a perfect companion for families, large or small. However, they are not for the novice dog owner, sometimes being very independent and strong willed, just like their spitz ancestors. The Northern Inuit dog like many other dogs needs a knowledgeable home. They do not enjoy being left alone for long periods which can lead to separation anxiety .

Over the years various people have split from the Northern Inuit Society and formed their own groups, these include The Inuit Dog Association, The British Inuit Dog Club and The Utonagan Society. (The Utonagan Society has now also split) Each of these factions believe they are improving the breed by how they are now breeding. This is based on the beliefs of each individual club.

The Northern Inuit dog could possibly provide services, such as search and rescue dogs, guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf. Already used as PAT dogs, or in agility and cani cross. The Inuit Dog has proven very successful in cani-cross events all over the UK. They can suffer with HC (Hereditary Cataract) and HD (Hip Dysplasia) and any breeder should have completed these health tests.

It is important to note that Pedigree certificates for these dogs are not recognised by the Kennel Club. The first Inuit Dogs to make an appearance at Crufts were taken there in March 2008 to take part in the first ever cani cross event. The two dogs were a Northern Inuit (Akna Kennnels) and the dog that came first in the ladies event a British Inuit (Bred by Shoshone Kennels and trained by Akna Kennels). Visit the bbs website link for more information They cannot compete at Kennel Club Licensed Companion Dog Shows (Fun Shows/Local Village Fete Shows) in the Pedigree Classes, but can enter the Novelty or crossbreed classes.

Appearance: A dog of medium build, athletic but not racy. Slightly longer than tall (as 10-9), with leg length slightly longer than overall depth of body. Oval bone is neither too heavy nor too light.

Head Not too broad, skull slightly domed. Muzzle slightly longer than skull. Nose black (winter noses acceptable Scissor bite. Eyes Oval, forward facing and set at a slightly oblique angle. Accepted colors: Brown, Blue,Yellow and amber. Ears Set fairly high, not too large and carried erect. Body Topline level. Tail set fairly high and reaching to the hock, carried down when standing, may be lifted when exicted.

Coat Dense double coat, slightly harsh in texture, well defined ruff and breeches. Tail bushy. Size Males: minimum 25 inches. Females: minimum 22 inches. – Overall balance more important than size. Color Pure White or any shade of Grey and Sable through to pure Black. White faces and dark masks are permitted but any color change should be subtle. Faults curly tails, long soft silk coats, patchy/pinto or Black and Tan colours.

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