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By the standards of many dog breeds, the Northern Inuit is 'the new kid on the block' being developed in the 1980's. Often called 'the Wolf Dog' one look at these crossbreed dogs and it is not difficult to see why.
Hybrid dogs have existed in remote parts of the far north of the Earth for many thousands of years, with indigenous peoples of these harsh lands crossing their best sled and hunting dogs with other breeds to enhance the behavioural traits that were best suited to help them survive. The relatively recent history of the Northern Inuit has the same founding's. Developed in the late 1980's, the aim with this dog was to develop a breed which resembled a wolf in looks but in behaviour was suited to be a faithful companion. Various dogs such as the Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd have all contributed towards the development of this dog.
This dog currently is not recognised by the UK Kennel Club, but strong lobbying by Northern Inuit clubs worldwide may change this in the future.
Average height to withers: There is not set height due to its varied heritage, but a desired height is a minimum of 25 inches for males and 22 inches for females.
Average weight: No set weights, but should be in proportion to its height.
Of medium build with an athletic profile, this hybrid dog is well muscled all over, with defined legs, a strong neck and shoulders. The head is broad and slightly domed, with well spaced, erect ears, usually a black nose (however this can also be a paler 'snow nose') and oval eyes which can be any colour. The top line of this dog is strong and straight, which flows into the bushy tails which is carried erect or in a 'sickle' shape when excited.
The coat of this dog is harsh, double and weatherproof. It is generally at least a few centimetres all over, with profuse feathering on the tail, legs and neck. In colour, they are usually white, sable, grey, black or apricot. White markings are permitted on any colour but masks on faces must be any other colour than white.
Northern Inuits' tend to have placid natures coupled with a friendly demeanour and a liking for people of all ages. Like their Spitz type relatives, they can be on the independent and stubborn side that have a very high energy drive. As a large dog, they can be bouncy as youngsters which can make them quite clumsy in situations with smaller or more fragile people so care needs to be taken, but this is usually not done via any aggressive behaviours or tendencies. It is best, as with any dog breed, to ensure early socialisation with any children or other pets it has to live with to maximise the chance of a harmonious household.
Like many Northern Spitz type breeds, this dog is more suited to an experienced dog owner, who has the skills to provide the firm, positive leadership it requires as it can become dominant if leadership is not established. This dog is intelligent and mostly receptive to training but it can have 'selective hearing' on occasion! Motivational and reward based training method work best to encourage this dog to work with its owner. Keeping its mind occupied and active is a must and its energy and behaviour lend it to many canine sports such as agility, obedience and flyball. While they are suited to mushing physically, as they are not registered with the KC, they may not be eligible to enter some competitions.
Due to its social nature, they can make excellent PAT therapy dogs in hospices, hospitals and schools with the correct training and handling. These dogs are noted for their love of digging - gardeners, you have been warned!
On average, this dog can live between 10-15 years of age. Due to its short history, there is not much data or research available about frequent health issues encountered by the dog and its owners, but they are showing tendencies to develop hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Good breeders of this dog will be aware of this though, and early screening should be in place to try to prevent these conditions as much as is practicable. Veterinary advice should be sought if either of these conditions are encountered at any stage.
The coat of this dog, like its relatives sheds more or less all years round so it may not be suited for people with allergies or people who like a hair free home! Regular grooming will help keep this under control. This dog is not a couch potato and is suited to a family who can devote time to its exercise and happiness. It will go for hours on a walk, and they make very good jogging companion.