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Northern Inuit Dog

Breed Standard



     The Northern Inuit is known to have a friendly demeanor and rarely shows aggression.

All Northern Inuits can be vocal and often howl but they are not big on barking. Good for your neighbours but not great alarm dogs. They do not make good guard dogs.


     They are very versatile of dogs, but they are not for the novice owner as they can be stubborn. (Early training and socialization to other dogs and people is highly recommended). The owner of a Northern Inuit must show themselves to be the Alpha member of the pack or be prepared to be the underdog, and be taken advantage of. A firm hand is most definitely needed, but never ever abused.


     They are very intelligent, free thinking dogs, which can make them more difficult to train than other, more biddable type of dog breeds and they can become bored easily so fun loaded training is good for this breed. They are not recommended for inexperienced owners. They are good with children, but as with all dogs, should not be left alone unsupervised with small children. They are very loyal and pack-oriented, forming close bonds with their owner and family.


Separation anxiety may arise when they are left alone and unsupervised too long, leading to destructive behaviours. Training from the onset is a must for this breed. We have found crate training a useful tool for the times when we have to be away from our home. This a pack dog and will do better with another dog or a pet cat for company. As stated before socialization should begin early.


     Northern Inuits are generally a healthy breed and can live to approximately 12-15 years old. All Northern Inuit Society Registered breeders are required to test for potential health issues to be cleared to breed.  Because of its popularity, there are numerous unscrupulous breeders claiming to have pure Northern Inuits for sale, but they don’t! Unless they are registered with the Northern Inuit Society they do not have the real macoy. The founder of this breed has been keeping careful records of their dogs and pups for many years now and only Northern Inuits are bred to Northern Inuits

 Therefore it is so important that the potential Northern Inuit owner make sure they go through the Northern Inuit Society for legitimate, responsible Society registered breeders for their fur babies, otherwise they may not be getting a true registered Northern Inuit Society registered pure breed with true pedigree and be paying a lot for a mix breed who has not had health tested parents.


     The Northern Inuit is a dog of medium to large build and very athletic. Females should be between 23-28 inches (58–71 cm) tall and weigh around 55-84 pounds (25–38 kg), while males should be between 25-30 inches (58–81 cm) tall and weigh 79-110 pounds (36–48 kg). The dog should have a double coat and a straight tail, although they will hold their tails up with some curve when they are happy or busy.  Curly tails like those of Malamutes or Spitz type dogs are considered a fault.


     Northern Inuits have a more wolfy look than German Shepherds, Huskies, Malamutes and other cold region type dogs.


Muzzle:          Longer and more tapering than Huskies and Malamute type dogs

Nose:            Black, Snow nose is permitted

Lips:             Black

Eye colour:    Range from yellow, amber, brown, orange and blue.

Coat colours: Range from all white, different shades of grey, silver, timber, black                       with white or cream/silver eye brows. Gradual shading of colour.                         (spotty or patches is a fault)

Face:             Distinct Full Mask, partial mask, no Mask.

Tails:             Tails with black tip preferred but not required.

Ears:             Erect and Leaf shaped sized (puppies ears start off down and                             naturally go up as the pup matures but should be fully erect by 12                     months)

Northern Inuit Pup and Husky

Hercule (7 months old) stands next to a Husky. Notice the differences in size, face, and structure.

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