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A Brief History of 

THE NORTHERN INUIT DOG

DEVELOPMENT OF THE BREED

     

 The Northern Inuit Dog (NI), believed to have been developed in the 1980s by several people claiming to be the original founders of the breed. Unfortunately there has been so many untruths told over the decades regarding this breed's early development history in UK that it is not surprising that it has not been recognized by the major all breed kennel clubs in the UK as a true distinct & separate new breed of dog.

We found inadvertently some very interesting facts that were both surprising & disturbing which prompted us to do further digging & research, cutting through some of the 'Bull' that has been put out to the media.

We believe that the original stock of dogs, were imported to the UK by way of Canada, or North American, & that the breed was further developed in the UK and is now considered a British breed.

So after some serious DNA testing, we can say without pause, that this breed does have recently introduced Grey Wolf content in its genetic make up & we do not mean the wolf gene that all dogs share with its ancestor. According to the Geneticists in regards to the DNA results taken from the UK born & bred NI dogs that we had purchased in 2012 when we lived briefly in the UK. the Wolf content was added to the German Shepherd, husky mixed dogs of the 1980's as recently as the early 1990's - early 2000s which meant that the breeder(s) responsible for adding the wolf content into the gene pool were able to pull this off, without discovery since DNA testing was not required or done on these dogs at that time. Luckily for the breed, mainly because of it great temperament it has not been considered a Wolf Hybrid , or a Wolf dog and viewed as a 'Wolf look alike dog'. thank goodness.

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THE NORTHERN INUIT SOCIETIES

 

     The NI is currently recognized by its own independent kennel club the Northern Inuit Society (NIS) was created to protect the integrity of the breed, maintain a standard for this stunning dog and register legitimate NI breeders.  They are also responsible for keeping accurate pedigree and health records.  Here in the United States, the Northern Inuit Society of America or NISA fulfills these responsibilities and is ran by volunteer Northern Inuit owners. You will find as you research, owners of this breed are very passionate about their animals.

 

     Although NIs have only recently been acknowledged by the British Kennel Club, it is not yet 'officially recognized'. It is also not recognized by the American Kennel club, however, it has been gaining much attention and interest since several Northern Inuits were chosen to play the 'Dire Wolves' in the Award winning HBO series 'The Game Of Thrones".  Like the Jack Russel breed and many of the newer breeds of dog, all of which started out as unrecognized breeds and now recognized by both the American and the British Kennel Club, the Northern Inuit will indeed take its place amongst the great recognized breeds one day soon as their following continues to grow.

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