Having both been raised with Animals they have been part of our lives growing up.
Andy on a Farm and myself with every pet I could have.
My first love were horses and German shepherd dogs.
Spending many years competing at all levels in equestrian sports which then led to breeding and spending many years with our heads stuck in a stud book or two striving to breed the best.
Having always had German shepherds we always loved the wolfy look and was led to a breed called Utonagan by a equine friend of ours. We purchased our first wolfie looking dog in 2003 and found our first backyard breeder, sadly our first experience wasn’t a good one and our beloved wolfie was PTS at 17 months old after she could take no more suffering from severe hip dysplacia and crumbling spine.
2005 saw our love of wolfie looking dogs increase when we put our name down for our first Northern Inuit, born on my birthday it was sure to be an omen…..Persuaded to take her sister too we came home with Anya and Saskia they were 12 weeks old and the start of the love affair grew.
We have had many highs through the years, being asked to become breeders with the NIS and spending 9 years on the committee, introducing health testing and keeping the pedigrees in order. We have won many a championship in the show ring with our dogs and have put our everything into producing beautiful top class dogs.
We have also been doing breed stands across the country for the last 10 years which has increased to around 15 a year now,which keeps us and our Honiahaka team busy. It’s a real pleasure being invited each year to attend such events.
We have sadly had many lows over the years too. Any type of breeding can be heart breaking especially when the founder animals were never health tested. We have had some health problems in our line which were brushed to one side as one off, but when it happens again you know there is an issue that needs addressing. Sadly for us we were hung out to dry by our society and were blamed for the issues. We have since removed ourselves from the breed club and with the help of the lovely people at the AHT have surged forward to find out what’s causing these issues and where they originally came from. We are pleased to say our hard work and patience has paid off and we are very close to finding the gene which has caused these issues.
2015 saw us venture out of our comfort zone and we imported our first American wolfdog and then in 2016 we added our second. You can read about these on their own page.
2016 saw the start of cyber bulling and slandering toward us, Its just shown us that whatever good you try to do and achieve in life and are at the top of your game, you will always come across groups who will try to discredit you. We carry on doing the best we can and we still held our heads high even when we wanted just to give up...but that is what these bullies want.
2016 also saw the start of our outcross programme. The Gene pool for the Northern Inuit dog is so small that it needs an injection of new blood., there is no point is saying “we” have x amount of new lines when they all still go back to the same dog which is in one of my pedigree’s 15 times !!
We have opted to use some other wolfie breeds in our lines to give it the injection of good health it needs.
Hopefully we will keep the wonderful soft temperament of our dogs and bring is some much needed new blood and better health.
2017 will see us carry on our goal to improve the wolfie breeds health, we will carry on health testing our dogs and hope to have some beautiful babies along the way, we will also carry on staying open and true to our owners and future owners.
Mid 2017 saw the start of the HWCC which is run by some lovely wolfalike owners, and also saw our 3rd wolfdog puppy join our pack.
Here at Honiahaka we pride ourselves with the way we care for and look after our dogs.
Due to living on a Farm we are lucky enough to have the space to have so many, they are first and foremost our pets and part of our family. We do not subject our dogs to live whelping cam's we feel that this is a private time for owner and bitch, but always keep our puppy owners up to date during the event when time permits.
We Only breed our Bitches if we have a waiting list before they are mated. All our dogs are fed the best quality food, and we are firm believers that raw is best !! they have regular daily exercise, our dogs have day runs which they love and come in to the family home for cuddles and bedtime of a night.
We are honest and open with our puppy owners and potential puppy owners alike, and are happy to let you contact them to find out what we are like for yourselves.
When getting a puppy from us be prepared to also acquire an extended family too, we like to be kept up to date on what our puppies are doing with regular photos and feed back. We organise regular pack walks so all our puppy owners can meet each other and swap notes, we also hold puppy BBQ's in the summer, and camping weekends, weather permitting. Potential puppy owners are encouraged to come and meet us and our pack, and also to come on one of our pack walks or shows so they can see the good and bad in our breed.
We compete our dogs in companion shows and have also done scootering with them for fun, we don't push our dogs to do things they do not enjoy , if you feel you will fit into the Honiahaka pack then please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit, if we are not for you we are always happy to help you find the right breeder for your lifestyle.
We had some fun with our girls at the sledging weekend, and think we may of found our new sport, so watch this space in the new year for lots of fun pictures of us getting into sledging with them.
Our first ever big win
"Mahlek Olakhota Saskia 1st yearling bitch, Best in show, And Dog of the year 2006 at the annual northern inuit show in Oldham"
We love a yogurt or two !!!!