Louie Moley and Koko

HONIAHAKA WOLFALIKES

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

All about the Northern Inuit breed.

Introduction:History:Health:Breed Standard:

Honiahaka Home of the Northern Inuit Dog is Essex

THE NORTHERN INUIT INTRODUCTION 


The Inuit dog has existed for thousands of years, the 


Inuit people needed a dog to suit their lifestyle, and as a 


working companion, for this, legend has it, they staked 


out several  bitches to be mated by wolves .

      


By selective breeding and culling of the offspring, they 


eventually got what they wanted - a dog that could 


work long hours in cold temperatures, would live as a 


family pet and be obedient and loyal.

    


In the early 1980's, a few Inuit type dogs were imported 


to Britain and by following the Inuit peoples example 


and using northern breeds of dogs, we have arrived at 


the Northern Inuit dog we have today, they withhold 


the original characteristics and traits of the original 


Inuit dogs, but have had a lot of the working drive other


northern breeds have, now bred out.

     


Although, originally having to battle against the 


elements for survival, they have fitted in well with our 


modern day lifestyle as a loyal pet capable of 


competing successfully in obedience, agility and also fly 


ball, as well as their original job of pulling sledges.

     


Where the Northern Inuit has not proved a success 


however, is as a guard dog, due to their friendly manner 


and a willingness to greet any visitor as a long lost 


friend, sometimes you will find the odd one who 


becomes quite protective of his family.


    

With their incredible sense of smell and eagerness to 


please, the future of the N.I looks bright, and could 


provide future services, such as search and rescue, guide 


dogs for the blind and  hearing dogs for the deaf, some 


are already registered PAT dogs, but all are the pride 


and joy of their families as their loyal pets. We 


ourselves are pleased to say we have bred 4 that are 


registered PAT dogs.



The Northern Inuit dog is generally a non aggressive 


breed, but you do find that when they hit the teenage 


years and are not guided correctly they can become 


quite reactive to other dogs, training is on going. 


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 N.I must show 


themselves to be the lead member of the pack or be 


prepared to be the underdog, and be taken advantage 


of, a firm direction is most definitely needed, however, 


the pluses far outweigh the cons of owning an N.I as 


they are a joy to live with, give so much love, and 


attract attention where ever they go.   


Nice gardens don't usually exist alongside a northern 


Inuit as they love to dig and eat any variety of garden 


plant, so most owners now have gardens consisting of 


slabs, pot plants and concrete.


   

Some N.I, if introduced to livestock at an early age, will 


grow up not wanting to chase sheep and so on, but two 


or more N.I become a pack and pack instinct will take 


over, and as their prey drive is quite high, caution 


should be taken at all times when out near sheep, cattle 


or horses.


  

Common sense dictates that you should never leave 


children and dogs unsupervised.  The N.I can be quite 


boisterous at play, and though they would never bite 


intentionally, they do sometimes like to 'mouth' things 


eg arms and hands, and can easily knock a child down. 


But they love children and are happy to play games for 


hours.

   


The Northern Inuit dog is also generally non dog 


aggressive and will usually submit when challenged.  


They don't like to be left alone and can often suffer 


separation anxiety, at these times they will destroy 


anything in the immediate vicinity, chairs, doors, table 


legs, the best solution for this is to ensure your dog is 


never left alone for long periods of time, another dog as 


a companion is a good idea, the N.I is a very sociable 


animal and loves the company of people or other dogs.



They are a loyal companion they  make great family 


members and like to be included in everything the 


family does.


They do need early socialisation otherwise they tend to 


spook easily when faced at new things.

  


This breed of ours is very addictive, so beware, because 


it is a great possibility that you will end up with more 


than one, most people i know have several and 


wouldn't have it any other way.


Plenty of patience and a good sense of humour is a 


must when owning one of these dogs.


A Brief History of the Northern Inuit Dog

This was written quite a few years ago when the 


rumours were again circulating about the breed having 


wolf heritage.



So the story goes.........


In the 1990,s, there was an increase in the amount of 


advertisements offering ‘wolf hybrid’ pups for sale. As 


the recent ‘Pit Bull’ horror stories from an over zealous 


tabloid press emerged, the RSPCA and other authorities 


grabbed the chance to try and have many people 


prosecuted and their dogs confiscated under the 


Dangerous wild animal act. Because of all the 


controversy surrounding any wolfy looking dogs, a 


group of people got together to try and safeguard the 


future of a particular line of these dogs.


The dogs were given the name ‘the Northern Inuit dog’ 


(which I shall hereafter refer to as the N.I.), due to the 


Northern breeds and Inuit type dogs that were used to 


create the breed. Two of these original Inuit types were 


imported to the UK from the USA as ‘wolf hybrid’ dogs, 


and there ensuing progeny were sold up and down the 


country as ‘wolf hybrids’, it is very dubious as to 


whether there was any actual wolf content in these 


dogs at all.


At the time of the N.I being established, one of the 


founder's of the breed, had the local authorities 


hammering at her door, trying to seize her 


dogs as dangerous wild animals. Although they went 


away empty handed, it resulted in a court case being 


brought against her, at the local magistrates court on 


the 20th of june 1998. At this time, the N.I was well 


established as a breed of dog and not as a wolf hybrid. 


The end result of the court case was a not guilty verdict 


due to the fact that it could not be proven that there 


was any wolf content in the breed.


The N.I has flourished since then and is rapidly gaining 


in popularity, therefore, the Northern Inuit society was 


formed to govern the breeding and well being of this 


wonderful dog, although, some members, in the past, 


were obviously not satisfied with the N.I as it was, and 


went on to cross their dogs with other breeds, which 


has resulted in several splits,and breeds such as the 


Utonagan, British Inuit, Tamaskan and ‘Inuit’ groups 


being formed. The N.I society believes that crossing the 


N.I with any other breed would only be detrimental to 


them and we are quite satisfied with the N.I as it is.


So, the question still remains ‘is there any wolf content 


in the N.I.’? this is a question many people ask, and the 


truthful answer is, it really is impossible to say, if there 


is, it is so far back that it would have been diluted to 


almost 0 percent, although some people would prefer 


that we steer well away from the wolf question, we are 


proud that our breed resemble the wolf in looks and of 


the unanswered question ‘IS THERE OR ISN’T THERE 


?????????????’


 Since this was written a lot has come to light and infact 


the Northern inuit dog itself is now so inbred that even 


the society are injecting some much needed outside 


blood into the lines on the quite. 


Health of the Northern Inuit Dog

Like many large breed dogs the Northern Inuit can 


suffer from hip dysplacia, therefore when looking to 


buy a puppy it is wise to check that the hip scores of the 


parents are below that of the breed average. The 


current national average for the Northern Inuit is 15. 


The Northern Inuit Society required that all Northern


Inuit’s born after Jan 2006 are to be hip scored and


Northern Inuits born from Jan 2009 are to be elbow 


scored,and have received a satisfactory result before 


being bred from. 


Also remember that as with any large breed dog, 


restriction of exercise in the first year is wise, as these 


dogs grow at a fast rate and this will help with 


unnecessary pressure on all of the joints. Follow the 5 


minute rule. 5 Minutes of exercise for each month of age 


is a great guideline. We as Breeders can only put the 


foundations down in creating a hip dysplacia free dog, 


owners play a big part in the development too.



Northern Inuit’s can also be prone to sensitive 


tummies,which comes from the German shepherd 


heritage. 


This is why a lot of Northern Inuit owners choose the 


Raw food diet, as these dogs do very well on it. If that 


isn't for you then  a good quality natural kibble can 


work well with these dogs, but its normally trial and 


error to find the right one.



Retained testicles in males are not uncommon in this 


breed, so this is something to think about if wanting a 


future stud dog, all our dogs are sold as pets only with 


the possibility of restriction being lifted.



There have been a few cases of Epilepsy in this breed 


and this is being monitored to see if it is a hereditary

 

condition. I know lots of research within the Animal 


health trust is going on to help find the cause. We in the 


12 years of breeding have only had one case, and 


removed the parents from our breeding program, i know 


many other breeders who have had more.



It has come to light that some lines have the 


Degenerative Myelopathy Gene ...This is not a problem 


if all breeding dogs are tested and no carrier to carrier 


are bred together, or effected to carrier.  If a carrier is 


bred to a clear then this is not a problem. We test all of 


our dogs and will never put carriers together. 



Addisons has come to light in more recently, and has 


been around a while, but sadly some breeders have 


kept this quite and its being seen in some northern inuit 


lines, it was originally common in the British utonagan 


breed.  


Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, 


occurs when the adrenal glands don’t secrete enough 


cortisol and other steroids. There’s often no apparent 


cause of Addison’s disease. In some cases, however, it 


may be immune-mediated, or it can occur in response to 


drugs given to treat another condition. It may also 


result from damage to or destruction of the glands by 


some other illness or from trauma or inflammation. 


The hormones secreted by the adrenal glands are 


involved in helping to regulate normal body functions 


such as metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance for 


kidney function, blood pressure, appetite stimulation 


and more. When those hormones aren’t on the job, dogs 


can develop a variety of health problems. Addison’s 


isn’t common, thank goodness, but trying to get a 


handle on it can really put veterinarians through their 


paces.


The problem is that symptoms can differ wildly from 


dog to dog — and in some cases, Addison’s can look like 


other diseases. Signs such as lethargy; muscle 


weakness; lack of appetite; drinking and urinating more 


than normal; occasional vomiting and diarrhoea; and 


weight loss are common to many other disorders. 


There’s a reason that Addison's is nicknamed “The Great 


Pretender.” 


If the disease goes unrecognised, though, the adrenal 


glands become less and less functional. Eventually, 


dogs with the disease may suffer sudden collapse, 


known as an Addisonian crisis. They require immediate 


aggressive treatment to survive. Fortunately, with early 


diagnosis and treatment, dogs with Addison’s 


disease, can have an excellent prognosis.


Breed Standard 

The NORTHERN INUIT Dog Breed Standard



GENERAL APPEARANCE:


A dog of medium build, athletic but never racy.


HEAD: Not too broad, skull slightly domed. Muzzle 


equal in length to skull, strong and gently tapering. 


Cheeks flat. Nose preferably black but a ‘snow nose’ is 


permitted. Nostrils large. Slight stop. Lips close fitting 


and  black. Perfect scissor bite.


EARS: Fairly wide apart but not low set. Not too large, 


carried erect.


EYES: Oval and set at a slightly oblique angle. any 


Colour permitted.


NECK: Strong and muscular with a well defined nape.



FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders flat. Moderately angulated 


upper arm but shoulder blades well laid back. Elbows 


fitting close to the chest which must not be too broad ( 


approx 4 finger width between front legs ) or drop 


below the elbow. Distance from ground to elbow 


slightly greater than that from elbow to withers. Oval 


bone, neither too heavy or too light, pasterns upright 


but flexible. Feet oval and toes open and well knuckled. 


Pads black and well cushioned with hair.


BODY: Topline level, Ribs long to give overall 


proportions of height to length as 10 – 9, well sprung 


from the spine but flattening on the sides to allow the 


elbows to move freely. Loin short and deep with no 


exaggerated tuck up. Croup broad and fairly short but 


not steep. The tail is a smooth continuation of the croup 


and must reach no further than the point of the hock. 


May be lifted when excited and carried upright or sickle 


in movement.


HINDQUARTERS: Well angulated with broad, muscular 


thighs, the strength being carried through to the second 


thigh. Hocks short and perpendicular to the ground. 


Upright when viewed from the rear. Feet oval, can have 


five rear toes. Removal of dewclaws optional.


COAT: Dense, waterproof double coat, slightly coarse in 


texture. Body coat 3 – 5 cm. Longer on ruff and 


breechings. Tail bushy.



GAIT: Far reaching, covering the ground with an easy 


stride.

SIZE: Height: Bitches-Minimum 23” (59 cm) Maximum 


-28” (71 cm)


Dogs- Minimum 25” (64 cm.) Maximum 30” (76 cm)

Overall balance more important than size.


COLOUR:

Pure white or any Colour Sable from Grey or Apricot 


through to pure black. White faces permitted on any 


Colour. Masklike or cap like markings permitted on the 


faces of any Colour other than whites. Where white 


appears on the legs and feet the Colour change must be 


gradual.

TEMPERAMENT:


Friendly, placid and out going, great with children, not 


aggressive.


Note. Males should have two apparently normal 


testicles descended into the scrotum.

FAULTS: Curly tails, long or single coats, Ink Marked, 


black and tan colours. Cow or sickle hocks. Any 


departure from the standard should be considered a 


faultthe seriousness with which the fault is regarded 


should be in proportion to its degree.


STANDARD COURTESY OF THE NORTHERN INUIT 


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