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