Northern Inuit Dog

Written by: Jamie
Updated: March 31, 2020

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This stunning breed is pretty new to the dog world but has grown in popularity over the past few years due to its good nature and easy-going temperament.

Don’t be fooled by its wolf-like appearance; these beautiful Inuit dogs have no links whatsoever to wolves and can make a great pet for you and your family.

Height: Males up to 81cm, females up to 71cm
Weight: Males up to 50kg, females up to 38kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Pedigree Breed: No, not recognized

Positives and Negatives of the Breed

When it comes to finding a dog that has the qualities you are looking for, it is important to check what their positive and negative attributes are.

It’s not good for you or a puppy to decide you no longer want them when they start to behave in ways you hadn’t expected. Read our pros and cons to help you find out what you are taking on.


  • They are very friendly and good-natured with everyone they come into contact with
  • They are intelligent and easy to train for a seasoned dog owner
  • They are great for people who like living an adventurous life and find themselves outdoors a lot
  • They are easy to maintain and do not have a high grooming requirement


  • They howl a lot and share their feelings freely with you
  • They can display destructive behaviors when they are bored
  • They need a lot of exercise, both physically and mentally
  • They shed their hair all year round
  • They love the chase and have a high prey drive

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The Northern Inuit Dog dates back to the 80s and is now very popular with owners who like larger dog breeds.

They are hard to come by as there are not many breeders with puppies for sale, but if you are keen to own one, it is a good idea to get your name on a waiting list so that you can look forward to owning your own one day.

This breed looks like a wolf, but they hold no relation to a wolf and are very good-natured and loving, which makes them an excellent pet if you want the type of dog that can go out on adventures with you into the world.


Whilst this breed is new to the canine world, it has made a huge impact and has become popular with breeders across the world.

They were initially bred by a British man called Eddie Harrison, who wanted a large dog that looked like a wolf but had a gentle and loving temperament.

Their popularity seems to come from the fact that they look beautiful, provide excellent companionship, and are fearless when out in the world enjoying adventures with their owners.

Their lineage is very similar to the Utonagan dog, but they are two very separate breeds.


There is nothing better than owning a dog that has a great personality and can be trusted in any situation.

The Inuit Dog is one of these rare finds, and anyone who owns one will attest to the fact that they make incredibly loving members of the family, especially if they have undergone quality training and socialization.

Are They Good with Strangers?

The Northern Inuit is a very friendly dog who will enjoy meeting new people and seeking out opportunities to get attention from anyone that offers them some. This means that they are not great guard dogs as they are too trusting.

If there is something they are nervous or scared about, they are likely to retreat and howl so that their owner is aware of the problem.

Are They Good with Other Dogs?

The breed tends to look to be the dominant leader when around other dogs, and this can lead to problems if they meet a dog that is not happy to submit.

However, if you train your dog from an early age, you will be able to ensure their good behavior and help them to make new dog friends without making any social faux pas that will hinder their progress.

Are They Good with Other Pets

When it comes to living with other dogs, the Inuit will be happy to be part of a pack if you have worked to socialize it properly and slowly introduced it to your established family of dogs.

When it comes to other pets, this breed is not a great choice. Inuit dogs have a very high prey drive and will make short work of smaller animals. Cats are also not compatible with the breed, as the dog would enjoy chasing the cat too much.

These dogs are best housed with other dogs or on their own and need to be monitored when in the garden or out on walks to sure that they do not attack other animals or make chase that may result in accidents.

Do They Make a Good Family Dog?

The Northern Inuit is a good family dog and will provide lots of love and companionship to all the humans they live with.

That being said, they are not ideal for a household with smaller children due to their large stature and excitable nature. If you have older children, they are a great choice but should always be monitored whenever they are with kids.

What Type of Temperament Do They Have?

The Northern Inuit dog temperament is full of positives; they are friendly, loyal, and calm unless you wind them up.

They are happiest when part of a family and love to be with humans all the time. It’s important to make sure that they are never left alone as they will display destructive behaviors that will cause damage to the family home.

They also love to be outside and suit a family that goes on outdoor adventures a lot. Nothing will stop your Inuit from hitting the hiking trails with you or enjoying long walks, swims in the ocean, or even going on your morning jog with you.

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When you consider that a Northern Inuit lives up to 14 years, you must consider their health needs and have the appropriate pet insurance in place.

As with most breeds, the Northern Inuit is susceptible to some illnesses, and it is important to get the stud hips scores from the breeder before you part with any money.

The most common illnesses include:


While it is true that Inuit’s need exercise, you may be shocked to learn that they don’t need as much as other large breeds.

These dogs will be happy with anything up to an hour a day and will need stimulating activities added in to help relieve boredom.

As puppies, it is important that you don’t over-exercise them because they won’t stop when they are tired, and this can result in them becoming ill, distressed, or injured. You should also not let puppies jump too much as this can damage their joints.

Because they love to be around humans, they are easy to exercise and take wherever you go.

You will need to be careful that they don’t make chase when off the lead as they have a high prey drive and enjoy catching wildlife and small animals.

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They are also great to train, but it’s recommended that they do not go to first time owners as they need a firm guiding hand that comes with canine experience.

The Northern Inuit should be consistently trained as early as possible from birth to help develop their obedience as well as possible.

They are pack dogs and will want to find out who is boss. It is important that you reinforce your role as pack leader from day one and train them in short and frequent bursts.

They love to get positive reinforcement and will do anything to please you, making them easy to train in the right hands.

Inuit’s need a lot of socialization to learn how to behave around other dogs, and this is best achieved through puppy training classes where they will meet new friends and learn where their place is in the pecking order.

This early socialization is invaluable and reinforces the messages you will give them in your daily life.

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The Northern Inuit has a double coat that is incredibly thick and keeps them warm but sheds a lot over the course of the year, making grooming an absolute essential!

It’s wise to brush them down three to four times a week and stripping their coats to remove the loose hair at the change of season.

As the Inuit is a very hairy dog, you will need to check that the hair that grows through their paws is trimmed and kept as clean as possible to avoid any potential paw issues.

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Got any experience with these dogs? We’d love to hear what it was like, both good and bad!

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Hi, I'm Jamie! I've always been around dogs and now writing about them is an absolute joy.
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