Northern Inuit Dog: The Cross to Resemble a Wolf

Northern inuit dog

Northern Inuit Dog

The Northern Inuit Dog is a crossbred dog, created in an attempt to resemble the wolf.  This majestic dog breed is currently only recognized by its club but not by any major kennel.

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The Northern Inuit dog originated in the 1980s when a few Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Labrador Huskies were brought into the UK from the USA.  These dogs were bred with Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherds to create a dog breed that more closely looked like a wolf but still keeps the more trainable traits of a domestic dog.

At least that is what one story says.  There is another one that says that the breed was founded by Eddie Harrison when he bred Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, a line of German Shepherd with several mix-bred dogs.

Physical Characteristics

The athletic build of the Northern Inuit dog is medium to large. According to the club standards, his coat should be double and the tail straight, never curled.   This coat comes in black, white, sable, and gray coloration.

The male can weigh from 79 to 110 pounds and be as tall as 23-32 inches.  Females weigh from 55 to 84 pounds and can reach a height of 23-28 inches.


This dog is usually calm, friendly, and gentle.  This breed gets along pretty well with kids and is playful and affectionate.


Having a Northern Inuit Dog means that you have to invest some time in his training and care.  They need to be taken on a brisk long walk every day.  They are not suited for apartment life as they require a lot of space.

Groom his coat regularly to avoid matting and bathe only when necessary to avoid washing away natural skin oils.


Training these dogs is not difficult.  However, they need a strong leader, otherwise, you will become an underdog.  They are sometimes stubborn but as training is firm and consistent, results will come progressively.


It is a good idea to test the Northern Inuit for any genetic predisposition, as conditions such as epilepsy and hip dysplasia have become apparent in this breed.

Fun Facts

  • In 2011, Northern Inuit dogs were cast to play the direwolf in HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.”
  • It is best to be kept in a large fenced yard.

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