People do not abandon attempts to subjugate nature and wild animals. Regarding the taming of wolves, the negative experience is more than known, even the proverb is: "No matter how much the wolf feeds, he still looks into the forest." Of course, the meaning of the proverb refers to people, but its essence does not change.Northern Inuit dog - an attempt to "create" a domestic wolf, similar to the Soviet project of breeding Volkosobov (derived from German shepherds and wolves).
The breed, in fact, has no history, in addition, the northern Inuit is a hybrid that is not recognized by any cynological organization. On the side of the charming four-legged only self-organized clubs of Inuit lovers.
The idea of breeding a new breed appeared among Canadians in the 80s of the XIX century. Wanting to create a pet that looks like a wolf, the breeders crossed the German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamutes and Husky. The experiment, to put it mildly, was doomed to failure, if not The "secret ingredient" is the Inuit native North dog.
The canine species group was formed under the pressure of the needs of the Intuit people, the indigenous population of North America (Canada). It is interesting that intuition belongs to the group of Eskimos, and their dogs are very similar to the group of sled northern dogs, from which the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamutes “emerged”.
It is interesting! Despite the relatively young age, there is another theory of the Inuit origin, according to which the breed is the result of the crossbreeding of Labradors, Siberian Husky and all the same indigenous northern dogs.
The northern Inuit breed of dog was created as a combination of wild appearance and family disposition. I must say that the project was successful, but did not receive support. The fact is that breeding hybrids is condemned by large cynological organizations.
It is interesting! Northern Inuit owes its popularity to the English breeders, despite the fact that it was bred in Canada.
However, at The breed has fans who founded the breed club (in the UK). The organization’s task is to increase the popularity of dogs, while recognition by dog organizations is out of the question. There are many reasons, but the main ones are associated with the small number of livestock and the lack of clear characteristics and descriptions of the breed. Since one of the ancestors is a purebred native dog, no one can guarantee the mental stability of hybrids. In the best case (in the future) nature is recognized as experimental.
It is interesting! From the species group of the northern Inuit dogs comes another unrecognized breed - Utonagan. Exterior differences are very doubtful, often invisible, but Inuit is considered a companion, and Utonagan is a sled dog.
The breed standard does not exist, but there is a short description. The main feature is large dimensions: height 59-76 cm; weight 25-50 kg. Males are much larger and more courageous than females. Bitches are a bit calmer and more humble, but far from having a “sugar” character.
The breed was bred as a "prototype" of a domestic wolf, so similarity with a wild "relative" is required. The likelihood of similarity with similar hybrids is very high - Wolf dog Sarlos, Czech Wolf dog, Wolfhound.
- Head - harmonious addition, wedge-shaped, "dry". The forehead is flat, not too high, the orbits are developed, but not heavy, the transition to the muzzle is moderate. The space under the eyes is medium-filled, the masticatory muscles are well developed. The back of the nose is straight, equal in length or slightly less than 1/2 the length of the head. Lips tightly pressed, medium thickness.
- Teeth - correct, full-toothed bite.
- Nose - well developed, large with open nostrils, painted black or highlighted (in dogs with light hair).
- Eyes - almond-shaped, dark, oblique set. Close-fitting eyelids, pigmented to match the nose.
- The ears - large, deep, triangular, set quite low, not too wide, well overgrown.
- Body - the correct addition, a rectangular format, bitches are slightly extended dogs. The line of the back is descending, from the withers to the croup. The chest is not too wide, oval, elongated to the tail. False ribs are flexible, deeply recessed. The back is flat, strong, the loin is moderately convex, the croup is beveled. Groin is medium taut.
- Limbs - smooth and strong, the joints are large, but do not look heavy. The elbows and hocks are directed strictly back, not turned out, not sunken. Withers and shoulders well developed, hips not too long, muscular. The brushes are large, round, densely assembled into lumps, the claws are bent, very strong.
- Tail - powerful, decorated with plentiful hair, rushing freely downward, at the level of the back or higher. The shape is sickle-shaped or as flat as possible, without rings, creases or knots.
Type of coat and color
Wool cover Northern Inuit consists of two layers: hard integument and very dense, thick undercoat. The colors are very diverse, but limited by the scope:
- White and the black color without marks.
- Sable Pattern in any variations, including white wool.
Note! Initially, a white “wolf” mask on the face was mandatory for any color other than pure white and black. However, recently more and more individuals without masks have appeared and this does not prevent the "experts" from recognizing dogs as pedigree.
There are more and more people who want to get a puppy of the northern Inuit. Dogs are actively exported to Europe, the USA and Africa. The cost of puppies (at least 5 thousand dollars) does not bother future owners, nor does it bother the fact that they pay for a purebred dog. Inuit "breeders" also appeared in Russia, but official nurseries do not exist a priori, so it is impossible to check the "purity of blood".
A potential owner from Russia has only two real alternatives for acquiring a puppy and the reliability of both is doubtful. The first option is to look for a breeder in your city, region, etc. The risk is that most Russian Inuit (of those that sell) are mixed breeds of German Shepherds, Husky and Malamutes. Sometimes, the same puppies can be seen in different ads, only in one they are Inuit, and in the other Wolfhounds.
A more realistic alternative is to buy a puppy abroad, from a breeder who is in one of the breed clubs. It should be understood that Inuit clubs are not part of large cynological organizations, that is, you cannot verify the authenticity of the data provided.
Tip: you decide whether to buy a puppy or not, but think carefully about all the alternatives, since even purebred dogs require serious experience and training. The second “selfish question” is money, because you run the risk of buying a pretty gray mongrel (which you can take into your house for free) for a substantial amount.
Character and training
The few held owners will confirm that the character of northern Inuit is complex and more than specific. If we consider the data of their ancestors (aboriginal type mongrel, service and sledding breed), this statement does not seem surprising. However, Inuit are excellent at filming locations (for example, they play hardwolves in the Game of Thrones), they work in special services for searching for narcotic substances and in rescue services for finding people. The conclusion is obvious Inuit is trained and obedient if you find an approach to it.
Each dog is individual, especially if it belongs to an unexplored breed. Domestic wolves are prone to dominant aggression, therefore, are not recommended for families with children or other animals. The owner will also have to defend his alpha place, at least until the pet is 2-3 years old.
Otherwise, Inuit are very quick-witted dogs, they understand and feel a person well, learn commands and tricks. Unlike service breeds, they do not tolerate monotony in training and need more games. Inuit can be started to protect the house, since the protection of the territory, the owner and his property is inherent in the nature of dogs at the genetic level.
Representatives of the breed are very attached to their owners, too much so that the latter allow themselves a vacation abroad or similar events. Staying at home (without an owner), the dog will first suffer from severe stress, and after that, it will develop a condition called separation anxiety.
The four-legged is so homesick that he falls into bouts of panic and anger, after "falls on his paws" (neurological disorders, which are called nervous plague). There is no cure for this condition, the "red line" can only be delayed soothing. Without help, the dog may die.
Important! Take care in advance that the dog will be with you on trips, issue your pet a personal passport and do all the necessary vaccinations. Remember that for the import of animals into some countries, quite specific blood tests for infections and titers for viruses are needed.
Maintenance and care
A lot has been said about the content of the Inuit, but there are no specific "instructions". Dogs are kept in apartments and houses (the latter option is more acceptable). The burdensome care, held by the owners do not complain. Dogs copiously, but quickly molt; they need to be treated against fleas, ticks and worms (like all pets). Ears are cleaned, if necessary, in the absence of ophthalmic problems, the eyes do not need care. Claws are cut once every 2-3 weeks. Teeth are cleaned from plaque, if necessary, and in old age, from tartar. The importance of dental care, says the expert in the video below:
The main aspect of care is proper nutrition. Residential dogs are prone to obesity, which increases the risks of developing dysplasia and heart disease. Most Inuit tend to search for yummies on their own (for example, they can pick up a piece of meat "with a stew" or bone).
In conjunction with the (possible) food allegory, the conditions for compiling the diet are becoming too many. On the other hand, a properly selected set of products for natural feeding or high-quality dry food, solve all problems.
Important! Inuit are large, fast-growing dogs, maintaining their health is constantly associated with the need to feed vitamin supplements.
The average life expectancy of a northern Inuit dog ranges from 10-13 years, but this figure is very inaccurate. The data on natural diseases are ambiguous, since the number of domestic wolves is too small to compile statistics.
The most likely ailments are inherited with recessive genes, that is, they are pedigree for the Inuit ancestors:
- Dysplasia of the elbow and hip joints.
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Cataract and glaucoma.
- Retinal dystrophy and atrophy.
- Food allergy.
Important! Vaccination against incurable and infectious viruses should be carried out strictly on schedule. When buying a puppy, the owner receives a veterinary passport with data on vaccinations already done.