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Northern Inuit Dog – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 50 to 99 pounds
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

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The Northern Inuit Dog is recognized by several canine organizations under different names. Some call it the Northern Inuit Dog Breed, others recognizes is as the Tamaskan Dog and several groups call this dog breed as the Utonagan dog breed.

Official Name

Northern Inuit Dog


Date – late 1980s
Country – Originally from Canada but developed in the United Kingdom
Family / Group – Northern, Nordic

Recognized By:
Northern Inuit Society
The Inuit Dog Association
The British Timber Dog Society
Anglo Wulfdog Association
The British Inuit Dog Club
The Utonagan Society


The Northern Inuit Dog is northern dog breed that was originally bred in Canada but saw further breeding development in the United Kingdom. There are two different versions of this breed’s breeding history.

One version states that the serious breeding program to develop this breed started during the late part of the 1980’s, led by the breed’s founder, Mr. Eddie Harrison. Mr. Harrison wanted to produce a dog breed that physically resembles the wolf but have a temperament that is gentle, trainable and very domesticated. To produce the breed, Mr. Harrison crossed various lines of Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes.

The second version relates that during the late part of the 1970’s up to the early 1980’s, Canadian Eskimo Dogs or Labrador Huskies were imported to the United Kingdom from North America. These dogs were then crossed with German Shepherds and the Alaskan Malamutes.

From these two versions of their breeding history, various groups and organizations that breeds and recognizes this breed split to form their organizations, each with their own standard when it comes to the foundation stock of the Northern Inuit Dog.


The Northern Inuit dog looks wolf-like but was specifically bred to show very minimal to no aggression at all and created to have a very friendly disposition. These are versatile dogs that are quick-witted but also very stubborn. They are intelligent as well as independently minded. This breed will display a familial temperament and will be gentle, calm and dependable towards their owners and family.

Bred For

The Northern Inuit Dog was specifically bred to physically resemble the fox but with a very domesticated, friendly, trainable and gentler behavior.


The Northern Inuit Dog is not an apartment pet. These northern dogs are not city dwellers. They are rural or suburban working dogs that require large open space to run and play. These are dogs that will thrive with families living in homes that have a large yard.


The Northern Inuit Dog requires regular grooming attention. Brushing their long coat should be done regularly. These are dogs the shed hair in heavy amounts every season. When they shed, Northern Inuit dogs require more grooming attention and should be brushed every day.


The Northern Inuit Dog may be quick-witted and very intelligent but they are not easy to train. This is because of their innate trait to be willful and stubborn. A confident and firm handler should train these dogs.


Some lines of the Northern Inuit Dogs are known to have genetic problems including hereditary conditions such as epilepsy, hip dysplasia and cataracts.


The Northern Inuit Dog demands a lot of exercise to satisfy their high activity levels. These dogs should be taken out for long and brisk walks every day, jogging or running every week and also require large open space to run and play.