Northern Inuit Dogs are crossbred dogs that were created to resemble the wolf in a new breed of dog. The breeds that were used to create Northern Inuit Dogs included the Grey Wolf, German Shepherd Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, and other Inuit breeds. Northern Inuit Dogs are beautiful creatures, but they are a breed that many people know very little about. This is possibly as they are a relatively new breed. Here are 10 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Northern Inuit Dogs.
1. They Were Developed in the 1980s
The original stock used to develop the Northern Inuit Dog were Canadian. However, the breed was developed in the United Kingdom. Eddie Harrison is the founder of the breed and his aim was to create a domestic dog that was similar in appearance to a wolf. His breed development program took place during the 1980s and the breed was then bred solely in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
2. Mahlek Call of the Wild Was One of the Original Stud Dogs
According to the Northern Inuit Society, one of the original Northern Inuit Dog studs was Mahlek Call of the Wild, although his pet name was Kyle. He was owned by Julie Kelham who was one of the founding breeders of the Northern Inuit Dog. Sadly, Mahlek Call of the Wild died in 2003.
3. They Are Not Recognized by the Major Kennel Clubs
Unfortunately, the Northern Inuit Dog is not recognized as a breed by any of the major kennel clubs yet. This includes the United Kingdom Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club, and the United Kennel Club.
4. Northern Inuit Dogs Are Recognized by the Northern Inuit Society
The only official organization that recognizes these dogs as a breed is the Northern Inuit Society. This society even has its own rescue service that cares for Northern Inuit Dogs that are neglected, abandoned, or who have owners that die or who are no longer able to care for them. The Northern Inuit Society are currently working towards gaining the Northern Inuit Dog breed recognition from the major kennel clubs and breed registries.
5. They Need a Lot of Exercise
These are a medium to large dog breed and they need a lot of exercise to stay healthy. They are best-suited to people with a large garden where their dog can burn off energy or to those who spend a lot of time outdoors. They do not make good apartment dogs unless you are willing to take them out for long walks twice a day.
6. There Are Some Health Problems Associated with This Breed
Lie with most breeds, there are some health conditions with which the Northern Inuit Dog is recognized. The two most common conditions from which this breed suffers are hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Responsible breeders screen for these conditions.
7. They Are Available in Many Colors
Northern Inuit Dogs have a double coat and are available in many colors. These colors include white, black, and any shade of sable, including apricot and gray. The white dogs ae pure white, but markings are allowed on the other colors in the breed standards.
8. The Northern Inuit Dog Was Not Introduced to America Until 2014
The Northern Inuit Dog is a relatively new breed as it was not developed until the 1980s. It is not a well-known breed in the United States because it was not introduced to America until 2014. Therefore, the breed is only just developing a fan base in this part of the world.
9. They Are Gaining International Popularity
Although Northern Inuit Dogs were only bred in the United Kingdom and Ireland until 2014, they are now gaining international popularity. During the earlier years of breeding, some dogs were exported to countries including Switzerland, South Africa, Germany, and France. The first litter born outside the UK was born in South Africa in 2014. There are now also breeders in the United States and Switzerland.
10. The Breed Has Been Used in Television and Film
In recent years, Northern Inuit Dogs have been used in several movies and television series. Most notably, they were used to play direwolves in the hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ in season one. The breed also played the role of Rollo in the Starz Outlander television series.