About the Northern Inuit

The History of the Northern Inuit Dog

Inspired by the Inuit people of North America, Canada and Greenland who, legend has it, mated dogs and wolves to try and obtain a dog that could work long hours but would live as a family pet, several dogs of unspecified origin were imported from North America into Britain in the early 1980’s. These dogs were used in a breeding programme with carefully selected northern breeds such as Siberian Huskies and Malamutes along with German Shepherds with a view to creating a wolf look alike dog that would be a suitable family pet and retain a willingness to work and please. The resulting dogs were given the name ‘the Northern Inuit Dog’ and the Northern Inuit breed was born.

about-ni-2The Northern Inuit has come a long way since the 1980’s and for the past 20 years Northern Inuits have been bred by the Northern Inuit Society solely to other Northern Inuits with no outcrossing or mixing with other breeds. As a result, the Northern Inuit of today is very much its own breed of dog with its own characteristics and distinctive look. Many people ask if there is any wolf content in the Northern Inuit. Today the answer is no, if there ever was it would now be diluted to almost 0%.

The Northern Inuit Dog has flourished and is rapidly gaining in popularity to the extent that many of our breeders have long waiting lists for their puppies. Until 2014 Northern Inuits were only bred in the UK and Ireland, but puppies had been and continue to be exported to countries all over the world including America, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland and France. The first Northern Inuit litter outside of the UK and Ireland was born in South Africa in June 2014. The Northern Inuit Society now has breeders in South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

One of the founding Northern Inuit stud dogs, Mahlek Call of the Wild (pet name Kyle), owned and bred by Julie Kelham of Mahlek, the founding breeder of the Northern Inuit who continues to breed Northern Inuits today.  This picture was taken when Kyle was 16 years old, shortly before his death in 2003.

Northern Inuits are not a registered breed with the Kennel Club, but this is something that the Northern Inuit Society is working towards.


Northern Inuit Society