Louie Moley and Koko

HONIAHAKA NORTHERN INUITS

Home of the Northern Inuit Dog, Wolfalike Dog
         and American Wolfdogs in the UK   

Northern Inuit and Wolfalike dogs were originally 

bred to resemble the wolf whilst maintaining the dog like temperament. 

Although there have been many years of selective breeding to get the wolfy look desired from these breeds  there is still a wide range of diversity in coat colour's, coat length, masks and eye colour's within the breed and this is translated across most of the other wolfie breeds meaning there is no clearly defined 'type'.


Coat Colour's


Wolfie type dogs come in a variety of coat colours 

ranging from pure white, through to grey, silver, red, 

timber, black ,black and white and occasionally ink 

marked which is classed as a fault in the Inuit dog. 

Below are examples of the most common coat colours in the Northern Inuit and wolfalike breeds.

Silver Grey
(White undercoat)

Wolf Grey
(Cream Undercoat)

"Timber" This colour falls into the 3 categories below. (Agouti)


Light Timber
(cream undercoat darker markings)

Timber
(cream undercoat dark red & brown markings)

Dark Timber
(beige undercoat dark brown or black coat)

Apricot/Dilute red

Charcoal

Black & White

White

Ink Marked

Coat Lengths


All wolfalike types should have a dense waterproof 

double-coat, which usually goes through a full moult 

twice a year. However the length of the coat can vary 

from standard double-coat, to plush, through to long-haired which is classed as a fault in the Northern Inuit dog but some other wolfalike breeds prefer a bit of length to the coat. 


Plush coated puppy to adult

Here you can see 2 long coated dogs

Masks

One of the defining characteristics of the Northern Inuit and many wolfalike breeds is their facial markings which is called a 'mask'. These can vary from no mask (only accepted on pure white dogs), full masks, faded masks and half masks. Below are photos to illustrate the differences between full, half and faded masks.


Full Mask
Note that the coloured markings completely surround the eye and there is a clear 'stripe' marking extending down the full length of the muzzle with no break. Full masked dogs often have white eyebrow spots.

Full Mask Dark dogs 

Faded full mask


Note that these dogs usually have faded colour markings beneath the eyes and a faint stripe which may not reach all the way down the muzzle or may be broken.

Half Mask


Note these dogs do not have the marking surrounding the eye and the majority of the face is white. They may still have a faint or broken stripe down part of their muzzle.

EYES


Typical eye colour's in the Northern Inuit range from yellow through amber, brown, blue and very occasionally bi-eyed.


Amber eyes 

Brown eyes

Blue eyes

Yellow Eyes

Bi Eyes

Bi-eyed, where one eye is a different colour to the other. It can be as obvious as Shanti with one brown and one blue, or as subtle as Tesla where she has 2 different shades of brown eyes.
If you are thinking about adding a wolfalike breed to your family and you are interested in a specific coat colour or eye colour - or combination of both - it is worth checking with your chosen breeder to see what they are expecting from future litters. An experienced  breeder should have an idea of what colours they will be expecting from their future litters and which mating may produce the coat or eye colours you are looking for. However it is also worth mentioning that there is such genetic diversity within the breed that a breeders guesstimates may not always be 100% correct. Also note that eye colours can change from puppy through to adulthood.