Northern Inuit dog: what does it look like and how to care for it?

The northern Inuit dog is a unique pet. It surprisingly combines the stern appearance of a wild wolf and the devotion of a friendly companion. The breed has not yet been officially recognized, but this does not prevent charming handsome men from gaining popularity among dog breeders around the world. Consider the features of the Inuit in more detail.

Origin story

The breed has no interesting origin story. This is just a hybrid, bred in Canada at the end of the 19th century. Breeders decided to create a dog that looks like a wolf as much as possible. In this case, aggressiveness was not expected. On the contrary, representatives of the new breed were supposed to become affectionate and friendly.

The experiment involved German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes. Also, this excellent gene pool was supplemented by an aboriginal dog of the Inuit. It was her external features that determined the similarity with the wild inhabitant of the forests.

The result exceeded all expectations. The pets turned out to be strong, smart, with a complaisant character and intelligent behavior. All this was complemented by a spectacular brutal appearance, which has a striking resemblance to a wolf.

Nonetheless The new breed did not receive support from cynologists. The fact is that the creation of hybrids is not welcome. In addition, the situation is aggravated by the participation of outbred aboriginal individuals in crossing. That’s why specialists do not risk giving guarantees of the mental stability of hybrids.

To date, the northern Inuit dog is not officially registered and does not have approved standards. However, this did not stop fans of “domestic wolves” from founding a club in the UK dedicated to this species. The organization seeks to increase the popularity of the breed, to increase the number of its representatives.

Perhaps in the future the Inuit will be recognized at least as an experimental breed.

It is worth noting that there is another theory for the emergence of wolf-like hybrids. Some believe that the natives of Canada wanted to breed working dogs. They needed strong, hardy unpretentious pets. At the same time, they had to obey a person and not show aggression towards other animals. According to this version, people crossbred mongrel dogs with wolves. However, genetic studies completely refute this fantasy. Proved that Northern Inuit dogs do not have wolf genes.


Despite the absence of a breed standard, some common features characteristic of individuals of this species can be identified. Animals are large. In growth, they reach from 60 to 75 cm. The weight of adult dogs varies from 25 to 50 kg. Males, of course, are larger and wayward. Girls are more fragile and calm. Outwardly, dogs are very similar to wolves.

  • Head. The skull is medium in size, wedge-shaped. The muzzle is narrow, elongated. The nose is usually black. The jaws are strong, the bite is “scissors”. The lips are pigmented dark. The eyes are almond shaped and beautiful. The color varies (there are individuals with amber-yellow, hazel, blue eyes). The ears are large, erect, triangular in shape.
  • Frame. The physique is harmonious, proportional. The neck is long and muscular. The back is straight, with pronounced withers. The abdomen is tucked up.
  • Limbs. Legs are long, strong and straight. They stand parallel to each other.
  • Tail straight, well pubescent, hanging freely. In moments of excitement, it can rise and take the form of a saber. A tail curled in a half ring or donut is not allowed.

The coat of the Inuit is harsh, double (there is an undercoat). Such a “fur coat” reliably protects animals from cold and wind, moisture. The hair is of medium length. On the neck, paws and tail, the hair is slightly longer.

The most popular is the “wolf” color.. Also, until recently, a peculiar colored “mask” on the muzzle, characteristic of wild animals, was considered a sign of the breed. However, today other color variations are allowed, which are no less spectacular.

Dogs of this breed are snow-white, black, as well as two- and three-color. In addition to white and black, beige, red, gray, brown tones can be combined in color. The transition between shades is always smooth and beautiful.

Contrasting spots are not allowed.


As already mentioned, there is no aggression in the nature of the Inuit. They are sociable, kind and affectionate dogs. Animals love kids though leaving a pet alone with a small child is not worth it. The fact is that representatives of this breed are quite large and active. Having cheered up, the dog may accidentally drop the baby.

The Inuit are very sociable. They quickly become attached to their owners, and when they are away for a long time, they get bored and worried. Therefore, if you often leave due to work or just like to travel, you should not choose such a pet as a friend.

To strangers, “domestic wolves” are friendly. It is possible to make a stern guard and watchman out of such a dog only with proper training.

Despite the good nature and gentleness of character, the Inuit can be called proud and stubborn. Often they seek leadership. Therefore, it is important for the owner of the dog to immediately make it clear who is the “leader” in the family. Only by gaining respect and authority, you will be able to successfully raise and train a pet.

The desire for dominance can be manifested in the dog and in relation to other animals. Therefore, experts do not advise getting an Inuit together with other dogs or cats in order to avoid conflict situations.

Most owners speak of the breed as intelligent, loyal, sensitive companions. However, it must be understood that hybrids are unpredictable. Therefore, the character of each individual may have its own individual traits.

Content Features

Living in a private home with spacious grounds is great for an Inuit dog. Animals are very mobile, they need a place to play, run. It is only important to create a high fence so that the dog cannot escape. It is also worth considering that such pets have a tendency to dig holes, so they can spoil the beds and flower beds.

It is better to equip a sleeping place for the dog in the house, and let him go outside during the day.. If the owner decided to settle the animal in an aviary, he must have a canopy that protects from the heat of the sun and precipitation. Dogs are not afraid of the cold thanks to their thick coat.

Keeping an Inuit in an apartment is not a good idea. A dog with large dimensions will be cramped in a small room, she will have to walk often and for a long time (at least an hour 2 times a day). In addition, the neighbors are unlikely to like the noise created by the dog. Representatives of this breed do not bark without a reason, but they howl if they are left alone.

Anyway the dog should have a cozy sleeping place away from noise (Intuitives have very sharp hearing). It is also advisable to provide the pet with toys that can be chewed on. Be sure to have a bowl always filled with clean drinking water. And, of course, it is necessary to organize a balanced quality diet.

Dogs of this breed shed heavily. However, the process does not last long and happens infrequently (2 times a year). During such periods, the pet is combed daily. At other times, it is enough to comb the dog twice a week. Dogs do not need grooming. It is only sometimes necessary to cut the hair on the paws between the toes. This is usually done in the off-season and in winter.

The necessary hygiene procedures include regular checks of the eyes and ears of the pet. This helps to prevent ENT diseases. Teeth are cleaned with a special toothpaste and brush for dogs.

It is also advisable to give the animal a dental stick that removes tartar.

Nails need to be trimmed every 3 weeks. If the dog lives on the street and the claws grind down naturally, the procedure is carried out as needed. Frequent water procedures are not required for the dog. Bathe the animal only with severe pollution. At the same time, dogs love to swim and dive into natural reservoirs with pleasure in the summer.

It is important to organize daily for the pet intense physical activity. This is necessary to maintain his health. The exception is the period of formation of the skeletal system. At this time, you need to carefully treat the joints of the animal. It is advisable to control his behavior, not to let him jump down from elevations (for example, from a sofa). The mental abilities of the dog should also be stimulated – play with him, teach various teams.

When walking in the city, it is important to be vigilant. Having become interested in something, the dog can run away, so it is undesirable to let him off the leash. The need for a high, thoroughly made fence around the local area is also connected with this.

As for the health of such dogs, there are no statistics on this matter, since the individuals are not purebred. Therefore, it is important to carry out timely vaccination of the pet, periodically visit the veterinarian for a preventive examination. When receiving a puppy from a kennel, you should request a vaccination card. Foreign organizations also provide x-rays (hybrids have joint pathologies).

What to feed?

The rapid growth and vigor of the Inuit necessitates a balanced diet. Animals should receive a lot of protein, fiber, vitamins. However, it is worth bearing in mind that hybrids are often allergic to some dry foods. That’s why it is important to pay attention to the quality of the product.

Elements of a natural diet can also cause an undesirable reaction, for example, poultry meat. It is better to give the dog other types of fresh meat. Also on the menu you need to include boiled cereals. The most useful are buckwheat, rice, corn. Do not ignore vegetables and dairy products.

The optimal calorie content and serving size are determined by the weight, age of the pet. The degree of activity of the dog also matters.

The appetite of the representatives of the breed is excellent. However, when there is little physical activity (for example, when kept in an apartment or in old age), a diet that is too nutritious can lead to excessive weight gain.

Education and training

Inuit dogs are very intelligent. They are easy to learn, memorize and perfectly perform a large number of commands. At the same time, the educational process is not easy.

Animals do not tolerate rude cries. You can not punish, and even more so beat the dog. The pet may become stubborn and ignore commands. But this happens only because of his innate desire for dominance. The important thing here is to be patient. It is necessary to firmly, but calmly convey to the dog that he is not the main one, to establish emotional contact with him.

In training, one should adhere to consistency, the principles of mutual respect. The process should not be boring and monotonous. Show imagination and ingenuity. Be sure to praise your four-legged friend for success. This will be the best incentive for him. As a result, you can not only master the basic commands, but also learn complex tricks.

The best option is to take your dog to a kennel club. Specialists will give the pet all the necessary knowledge, teach him to behave correctly, to do everything that is required of him. Trained Inuit take part in sports competitions, can search for drugs and missing people, and act as guides.

In conclusion, it should be said that Inuit dog can be a great friend and companion for an active person with a strong character. However, for inexperienced dog breeders, raising such a wayward pet that requires early socialization may seem too difficult. Such people should choose an animal of a calmer and more obedient breed.

For information on how the northern Inuit dog behaves on a walk, see the following video.