The Northern Inuit Dog is an unrecognized crossbred dog that originated in the late 1980s, in an attempt to create a domestic dog breed more closely resembling the wolf. It is currently only recognized by its own independent breed club, but by no other major kennel clubs. The dog originates from crosses among German Shepherd Dogs, Siberian Huskies, and a variety of Inuit breeds. Although the original stock is Canadian in origin, the breed was developed in the UK.
Appearance The Northern Inuit Dog is of Medium/large build, athletic but never racy. Females should be between 23-28 inches (58–71 cm) tall and weigh around 55-84 pounds (25–38 kg), while males should be between 25-30 inches (58–81 cm) tall and weigh 79-110 pounds (36–48 kg). The dog should have a double coat and a straight tail - curly tails are considered a fault.
Temperament and Health The Northern Inuit dog is known to have a friendly demeanor and rarely shows aggression They are the most versatile of dogs, but they are not for the novice owner as they can be very stubborn and are very quick-witted. The owner of an Northern Inuit must show themselves to be a strong leader or be prepared to be the underdog, and be taken advantage of. A positive training approach benefits both parties. They are intelligent, independent dogs, which can make them more difficult to train than other, more biddable breeds. They are not recommended for inexperienced owners. They are good with children, but as with all dogs should not be left alone with them. They are very loyal and pack-oriented, forming close bonds with their owner and family. Separation anxiety may arise when they are left alone and unsupervised too long, leading to destructive behaviours but training to be left from a young age will rectify this . Training from the onset is a must for this breed. Often, they will do better with another dog for company. Socialization should begin when vaccinated and throughout as their play can be very rough and misinterpreted. Some genetic problems have become apparent in Northern Inuit lines as with many breeds. hip dysplasia, and epilepsy, all of which should be tested for prior to breeding by responsible breeders.Registered breeders of the Northern inuit dog have worked hard to get the means score down and are proud to have a couple of 0-0 hip scores on board as well and low scoring dogs as a main. The breed club (The Northern Inuit Society) governing body for breed have strict guidelines on breeding standards. The NI dog (Northern Inuit) is only bred in the UK and one up and coming breeder in South Africa.
History There are two stories regarding the history of the Northern Inuit Dog. In the late 1980s, the founder of the breed, Eddie Harrison, bred several mixed-breed rescue dogs of unknown origin or heritage with Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and a specific bloodline of German Shepherd Dogs to produce the early Northern Inuit dogs. The breed's intent was to create a dog that closely resembled a wolf in appearance while possessing the gentler, more trainable character of the domesticated dog. The other story relating to this breed is that a few Canadian Eskimo Dogs or Labrador Huskys were brought into the UK from the USA in the late 70s or early 80s and crossed bred with Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherd Dogs. Over the years various groups have split from the original Northern Inuit Society to form their own breed groups. These have included The Inuit Dog Association, The British Timber dog, Anglo Wulfdog, The British Inuit Dog Club, and The Utonagan Society; the latter has also now splintered into different groups. None of these clubs have been accepted by larger organizations such as the British Kennel Club. In 2011 Northern Inuit dogs were cast as the direwolves in the first season of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.