We researched a lot before contacting any breeder. ...Goggled goggled constantly . We looked at each northern Inuit breeders page and can I just say traveling to the North Pole wouldn't of been a problem we just wanted to find the right breeder. After reading and talking via inbox with different breeders we decided to ring Tracey and Andy to ask what we do next . She explained we would be invited to meet her pack and they would also want to ask us questions to make sure we are picking the right breed for us. When we arrived at there house we couldn't believe how well set out , clean and friendly everyone was !!!!! The dogs were beautiful and really friendly. We stayed for what seemed like ten minutes but was hour’s lol chatting about everything to do with the northern Inuit. At this present time there were no girlie's pregnant. Tracey obviously saw something good in us as she put us on her waiting list . As soon as she had a confirmed mating she emailed scan pictures of hopes and yuri puppies which was amazing as we followed the pregnancy every step of the way smile emoticon. As soon as hope was in labour we all followed via Facebook it was really exciting! !! Tracey took pictures every day with a written update on progress etc.. THEN came the stressful day of Tracey having to carefully select from her list who was going to be able to have a pup, as the list is bigger than the amount of pups. This for us was nerve wracking as we really wanted a pup . We then got told we were having a little girl miss lilac ♡♡♡♡♡ omg I cried for about a week with joy !!!! We were allowed to see her as soon as hope was ok with visitors. Hope was a brilliant mummy and Tracey a brilliant fur mummy. We saw bellatrix every two weeks . Us choosing Tracey and her choosing us was the best thing that's happened to us since having our daughter 8 years ago . Bellatrix is now 6 months old and since bringing her home we have had endless information when ever we have needed it and have met up with all the honiahaka family lots of times. Beware if you do choose them as your breeder your stuck with us mad lot too lol xxxx
When doing our research into the Northern Inuit breed we contacted other breeders with various questions. Only Tracey responded in a polite and honest way. We decided to attend a show to meet Tracey, Andy and their dogs. We immediately fell in love with Kami and knew that these were the breeders for us. We were lucky enough to visit Tracey and Andy at their home where we met the rest of the pack which was an amazing experience. After attending a few more shows and meeting more of the Honiahaka family we asked to be put on the Kami and Ochi puppy list. Ten months later our handsome boy, Shila, was born and our lives have changed forever in many ways. We have not only gained a new member of our family but have also gained the support and more importantly friendship of the extended Honiahaka family. The care and attention Tracey puts into every puppy is second to none. Health and good temperament are paramount and we would not go anywhere else for a puppy in the future. Andy & Ness
With the Honiahaka Tracey & Andy you don't only get a gorgeous pup you get a family also a help page no matter how silly you think the question is you’re not judged the advice is there the pups are loved by everyone they as breeders are wonderful always there when you want them with them it's not pay for pup take away and get on with it they do gatherings and shows which you will be made welcome to all and by all the pups never forget them they even sleep with the pups to make sure all ok and all the dogs are gorgeous.
With most breeders you get a pup and that's it. With Tracey and Andy You get loads of support and a family. They put everything in to their pups, and the dogs love them even when they get older they never forget them. They always go mental when they see them even if it's been for ages. Me personally I wouldn't go to any over breeder then Tracey and Andy for a northern Inuit as a breeder they breed for the health and temperament not for money they are always there to help in any way they can.
I love dogs and like to study wolves; I respect the difference. One day in May 2012, when researching wolf-like dogs, a random click of my mouse opened Northern Inuit Dog rather than the Saarloos or Czecholsovakian Wolfdog and soon the Honiahaka website’s fabulous photos filled my screen! I could see and feel the love that was going into the breeding at Honiahaka. A call, an email, and a visit to the place I now call the Honiahaka Hilton followed in quick succession, and quite simply I fell in love with the breed.
LOVE is mentioned a lot in conjunction with Honiahaka. On my first visit I hoped to find a breeder who genuinely loves her dogs – that is my top criterion when looking to buy a pup, and it was more than satisfied, in fact fulfilled to overflowing! The Honiahaka dogs looked superb, well-cared for in clean conditions and obviously ‘family’. There was a litter ready to leave and another on the way from a different bitch. I was able to meet mother and pups, the rest of the pack, and to have an unrushed cuppa and detailed conversation about the breed, and just as important - my circumstances.
At Honiahaka I could see that puppy welfare is absolutely a priority over financial gain. The bitches are not overbred, and a waiting list system is in operation. I was impressed by the responsible governance of the breeding programme, and I appreciated the thought and consideration going into assessing the suitability of the buyer, and later into the matching of pup to ‘forever home’ - another key phrase which speaks volumes about the Honiahaka attitude.
There was a littler due out of Sesi (Honiahaka Snow Princess) by Ochi (Mahlek Ochi Memorian bono fracture at Honiahaka). Tracey put my name down in her little book but I didn’t know if there would even be enough puppies for me to have one this time. Luckily, Sesi produced a large litter on June 1st, at the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday weekend, and a bit later I was absolutely thrilled to be offered the only charcoal girl, Sesi’s firstborn, now named Honiahaka Haquihana Ribbon of Moonlight. I call her Inka and I love her to pieces.
Tracey slept with those puppies – as she does - for the first 3 weeks of their lives, after which I was encouraged to visit my pup weekly. I was so excited, I loved my regular bonding visits, armed with some butcher’s treats for the dogs and cuddly toys for my girl. My phone filled up with photos – and actually that hasn’t changed in the year that’s passed since!
I treasure every day I spend with my clever alpha girl, Inka. She bonded instantly with my senior Golden Retriever, Poppy, and at Christmas I brought home another Honiahaka puppy for her to play with! Yes, they are addictive! In October I had fallen for Miss Silver, last born of the so-called Dream Team litter from Kizzy (Honiahaka Kizzy Kon-Tikki) and Spirit (Olderhill Alpha Winter's Sunset with Honiahaka). Honiahaka Autumn’s Dream, is a timber girl with a full chocolate mask and she’s going to be huge like her parents. A complete dreamer and cuddle monster, she is called Ruska, aka Roo Roo, and she’s fitted into my life as if she’s always belonged.
My Inuit girls, Inka and Roo, with their complementary personalities, adore each other, and they are absolutely my pride and joy. Both pups are perfect. It comforts me to know that if anything bad happened to me they would go back to Tracey, to Mummy Honiahaka, and be cared for.
From Honiahaka, Tracey said, you don’t just get a puppy, you join a whole family: the Honiahaka Family, and that is exactly what we are, FAMILY. For life.
To all those reading...
At first I thought I would just write “I started off with one Honiahaka Northern Inuit...now I have three...enough said.” and that would adequately say what I think of these wonderful dogs and the amazing people who are behind 'Team Honiahaka'.
Then I realised that in order to do them proper justice I'd probably have to write more than I did for my university dissertation...which I am sure wouldn't make the most thrilling read. Instead I guess I'll settle for a short(er) essay and hope you're still alive at the end of reading it.
We first met Tracey, Andy and Georgie on my 22nd Birthday in 2009 after arranging a visit to meet 'the pack'. We traveled over 100 miles to reach our destination; a strange oasis of green in the heart of Essex! We brought the cake, Tracey brought out the pack! I have never met a more beautiful breed than the Northern Inuit and after meeting them in the fur I was smitten and desperate for a puppy! Needless to say a 'quick visit' turned in to over six hours of talking anything and everything dog, whilst asking all those questions that first time Northern Inuit owners are sure to have and in turn being interviewed (in the best way possible) by Tracey and Andy to see if we were right to join the Honiahaka Family. I say Family and I mean it...when you put your name on 'the list' you don't just put your name down for a puppy, but gain a whole new extended family of puppy owners and friends to help you along your way! Our first introductions were with Claire, Vince and their son Joel, who had come to visit their beautiful puppy, Cana.
You can't help but leave with a smile on your face after spending the afternoon with such friendly and helpful people and a room full of gorgeous puppies. Nothing was hidden; we were told the highs and the lows of being owned by a Northern Inuit; warned about any health problems that might arise from owning a large breed dog; shown the health testing certificates for the Honiahaka Pack and explained to that no puppy leaves without a clean bill of health. With Tracey and Andy it's not just whether a Northern Inuit puppy is right for YOU, it's whether you are right for the puppy. We left late that evening knowing that we had found the right breeder, for whom these dogs obviously aren't a business or an opportunity to make money, but life-changing companions and a labour of love.
We skip ahead around six months now...to the point where we were anxiously waiting to hear that Anya and Squim's puppies were arriving. We were staying with the future in-laws...I don't think I spoke more than 4 sentences in those six hours of waiting. By then I had been forced to join Facebook – something I resolutely refused to do for over five years – and along with a couple of other expectant puppy owners, Rhonda and Sal, I was waiting anxiously for news. Because all of Team Honiahaka are very involved in the birthing of their litters we had a bit of a wait, but the chatter helped to pass the time and Georgie would come on regularly to update us with how many puppies had been born and how Anya and the pups were doing. There was a bit of a scare with two of the male puppies, but thanks to the love and quick actions of Tracey and Andy, both puppies survived and fed well!
In the beginning I had determined that I wanted a grey male with a full mask...but as soon as Tracey posted pictures of this little fat white puppy my heart melted. I knew he was the one and mercilessly annoyed everyone concerned until it was decided – Kiba was coming home with me!
We visited every couple of weeks until it was time to bring Kiba home. Tracey always made time for us, always patiently answered our questions (despite asking the same things over again) and always made sure her puppies got the very best possible start in life. Either Tracey or Andy sleeps with the puppies and mummy until they are at least three weeks of age, waking up every few hours to make sure the puppies are feeding and that they are warm and cosy enough, buried deep in hot water bottles and cuddly toys. Something that I always noticed was that the bedding was always clean, the area where the puppies were was always spotless and nobody was allowed into the house without being sprayed with a spray that kills harmful bacteria and using alcohol gel on their hands. Only the best for Honiahaka pups!
Finally the time came to bring Kiba home! We arrived at Honiahaka armed with a cardboard box, towels, newspaper, toys and kitchen towel...the little fat white puppy was no longer so very little and watching him play with his last little brother before we left was heartwarming. It was easy to see that Tracey was trying to put on a brave face as we bundled the tons of puppy food, toys, bits of bedding and paperwork into the car. She picked him up and gave him one last cuddle before handing him over, whispering in his ear and telling him to be good for his new mummy and daddy. There were tears as we drove out of the gate...the sign of someone who truly loves every single life that they bring in to this world....
At 8 weeks old Kiba was almost completely paper trained. He slept in a crate next to our bed and we have never heard a peep out of him. As long as he was with his humans, Kiba was happy.
Kiba is now almost two and a half. He is everything I could ever have wanted in a dog and so much more. He is my soul mate, the love of my life and a complete spoiled brat. It hasn't been without its trials, getting to this stage – Kiba has separation anxiety due to not being able to train him to be away from us as a young pup, which means his cannot be left on his own or with strangers. He also went through the 'teenage stage' of Inuit Deafness, running off to see every other dog that caught his fancy and expecting them to play with him. He is the most loving dog you could ever hope to meet, fantastic with children, other dogs and even my house rabbits when they were still with us. Kiba came to our wedding in 2010 and behaved impeccably; he is with me 24 hours a day and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Two and a half years on and I am now owned by three Honiahaka Northern Inuits. Each one brought up with the same unending love and attention as Kiba. All left Honiahaka with a big hug, whispered words and tears. Yoyo, our Koko and Bear baby was born in June 2011, after waiting almost two years, and in September 2011 we added little Teddy, a Moley and Spirit baby to our small pack, despite my Husband saying we could only have two, the Northern Inuit motto is “There's always room for one more!” and boy was this one extra-special litter!
I suppose I have to end by saying I think we have found not only the best breeder of Northern Inuits, and quite possibly of dogs in general, but some wonderful friends who are always there for us and our dogs. We love the pack walks and the Honiahaka Camping Weekends, that closeness that there is between Team Honiahaka and the rest of the Honiahaka Family. I am so glad that we found you and that you continue to hold on to your excellent breeding practices. That love and devotion that you just don't see very often. I would never have a Northern Inuit from anyone else...
I first heard about the Northern Inuit breed at a burger van of all places, but nevertheless I was getting some lunch and the owner was talking about a breed of dog that a friend of his had owned that was part wolf. This intrigued me so I asked him what the breed was called and so it was then i found out the Northern Inuit breed existed.
My next couple of hours were spent looking for pictures, which i found on the net and then that was it, home, internet and searching websites!! As many as i could find! Which is then when I came across the Honiahaka website and compared with some of the other sites i had seen it was packed full of information and pictures.
In not so many words at this point me and my fiancée were hooked and we hadn’t even seen a NI in real life yet. I sent Tracey an email asking if it would be possible to come and see her and the dogs and she was very happy to arrange a date, which couldn’t come soon enough for me may I add. So in January 2011 we all went to meet the Honiahaka pack.
As we got out of the car we could hear the dogs and it was strange to think that in minutes these pictures we had looked at would actually be real, sounds silly but trust me they get you that way, you will see what i mean.
Tracey and Andy welcomed us into their home like we had known them for ages and we met some of the girls inside the house, namely Moley and Kizzy and baby Ochi, my first instinct was how gentle they were with my kids my son at this point was 9 but my daughter was just coming up to 3 and this was obviously going to be a big consideration but there was no problems at all, we talked for ages about the good and the bad and nothing was kept in secret. We then proceeded to meet the rest of the pack and it was truly a fantastic experience one by one they came to have cuddles and all of the dogs were happy to greet us with licks and big waggy tails. The area in which the dogs were kept was spotless and in general everything was clean and the dogs all looked in great condition so at this point we were confident we had met the right breeder.
We have now been an honorary member of the Honiahaka pack and been to shows , camping weekends and met many other owners and Dogs whom I would be very happy to call new friends and at no point were we made to feel unwelcome infact the complete opposite and the one thing that u WILL get when u have an NI is an extended family and in our case even without the dog. The support network within this group is fantastic and as a novice owner I know that when we do eventually get our puppy there will be no lack of help and support from both Tracey and all of the great people associated with her.
I am writing this from the aspect of someone who does not yet have a puppy although we are on the list, and we are now all bar the dog immersed in this great breed and all things that go with it. I hope you have enjoyed reading this and believe me when I say you will not meet a more devoted breeder than this one. Thank you
We had been looking into this breed for a long time and had already made up our minds that it was a NI we wanted. We had visited another breeder and just didn't feel comfortable with them or their dogs so decided not to get one from there despite there being a gorgeous little boy ready to go that day ??