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Utonagan – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 55 to 110 pounds
Height: 23 to 30 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Low


Before 2003, the Utonagan dog breed was known as the Northern Inuit dog breed. It was changed to its present name after this year as there was another and different dog breed named Northern Inuit.

It can be scary seeing an Utonogan dog for the first time. They are just looking as wolfs but are very good-natured and loving dogs.

Official Name



Date – 1980’s
Country – United Kingdom
Family / Group – Spitz

Recognized By:

Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Northern Inuit Society
British Utonagan Society
Tamaskan Society of Great Britain
The British Utonagan Association
The Utonagan Society


The Utonagan is a spitz-type dog breed that is wolf-like in appearance and was originally bred in the United Kingdom during the 1980s. This breed underwent a rigorous selective breeding program to resemble the wolf in appearance but not in temperament. The Utonagan is the result of crossing the German Shepherd Dog with the Alaskan Malamute Husky. Later on, some lines of the Siberian Husky were put into this breed’s foundation stock.


The Utonagan is a dog breed that is wolf-like in appearance but possesses a temperament that is perfect for a family pet. They are very friendly dogs that will be easy-going and will display affection towards their masters. Although not recommended to have as watchdogs, the Utonagan is a breed that can be very vocal, howling at almost everything. These large dogs are boisterous and can be very excitable, but will get along with other dogs and pets as long as they are properly socialized.

These are highly intelligent dogs that will be easy to train as they are naturally obedient. Their docile disposition and high trainability made them eligible to be registered in the United Kingdom’s PAT Dogs program, Pet As Therapy Dogs that services various hospitals and nursing homes across Great Britain.

Bred For

The Utonagan was bred to look like a wolf but have a temperament suited for a family with children, other dogs as well as other pets. They are also used as therapy dogs.


The Utonagan is a large dog that will not adapt to apartment life. These large dogs will thrive in rural homes with a large yard with a fence. They are very active dogs, therefore they need an open space where they can run and spend their energy.


An Utonagan is not at all demanding when it comes to grooming. Brushing their coat once a week will be sufficient. They are dogs that constantly shed and will shed heavily two times every year. Therefore, when the shedding season comes, brushing should take place trice a week.


The Utonagan is a breed prized for their ability to be highly trained. They are so smart that these dogs can learn how to open doors, windows, closets, and even crates!

As for any dog training and early age, socialization is very important and will help them be happy and healthy dogs.


This breed is considered to be among the healthiest with a long lifespan. However, the Utonagan are prone to hip dysplasia and other genetic disorders. For instance, epilepsy, Addison’s disease, etc.


The Utonagan is a large dog with a very high exercise need. Having these dogs out for long walks every day is a must! In addition, they should have their own play and run time.