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Northern Inuit Dog

Northern Inuit Dog

Northern Inuit Dog Characteristics: The loving and faithful Northern Inuit Dog is a breed of large dog is a Hybrid / Mix crossbreed, bred from the Canadian Eskimo Dog and the Labrador Husky.

The breed has become famous for portraying the "Dire Wolf" in the Game of Thrones. The Northern Inuit Dog, is characterized by its imposing, athletic, wolf-like appearance with placid but out-going, friendly expression.

Other characteristics include alert, medium sized, oval shaped, slightly slanting eyes; wide set, medium sized, erect ears; a bushy tail and a fluid, far-reaching gait. The temperament of the Northern Inuit Dog can be described as Stubborn, friendly, loyal.

The coat type of the Northern Inuit Dog is described as varied coat type depending on hereditary traits in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Northern Inuit Dog demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Companion and is known by its nick name the "Dire Wolf". The origin of the Northern Inuit Dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the mid to late 1900's.

Northern Inuit Dog - The Dire Wolf in the 'Game of Thrones': The large Northern Inuit Dog breed have become extremely famous  for portraying the 'Dire Wolf' in the highly successful HBO TV series the 'Game of Thrones'. The 'Dire Wolf' plays a significant role in the story of the Stark family in the Game of Thrones. A Dire wolf puppy was given to each of the Stark children and features in each of their stories.

In 2011 Northern Inuit dogs were cast as the Dire Wolves in the first season of the Game of Thrones, which was based on a series of books called 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R. R. Martin.

The reasons that the Northern Inuit Dog was chosen to play the role of the Direwolves was that although they have a scary, intimidating wolf-like appearance the Northern Inuit is actually very friendly and not aggressive. As a relatively new breed the Northern Inuit Dog was not well known which added to the mystery to the myths surround the Dire Wolf.

The names of the Game of Throne Dire wolves are as follows; The name of Robb Stark's Dire Wolf was "Grey Wind", Sansa Stark's Dire wolf was "Lady", Arya Stark's Dire wolf was "Nymeria", Brandon Stark's Dire wolf was "Direwolf Summer", Rickon Stark's Dire wolf was "Shaggydog".

The Dire Wolf owned by Jon Snow was called "Ghost". Not surprisingly, the interest the Northern Inuit Dog has increased as the Game of Thrones has grown in popularity.

Northern Inuit Dog Dog Type - Hybrid / Mix (Unrecognised as a breed): Canadian Eskimo Dogs / Labrador Huskies: The Northern Inuit is one of the many types of dogs described as a Hybrid / Mix, bred from the Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Labrador Huskies.

Other names for the Northern Inuit Dog: The Northern Inuit Dog is known by the nickname of the "Dire Wolf". Other names for this breed include the Totem Dog.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Northern Inuit" was inspired by the Iniut people of the Arctic Native American cultural group of Alaska, Canada and Greenland.

Northern Inuit Dog History and Origin: The country of origin of the Northern Inuit breed was in United States during the mid to late 1900's. The breed was developed by cross breeding Canadian Eskimo Dogs with the Labrador Husky. Canadian Eskimo Dogs are one of the oldest breeds of North America and described as tough, loyal, brave and intelligent. The large Canadian Eskimo breed was developed by the Inuit people to pull sleds and for hunting. Their thick coats come in various colors and they are characterized by their spitz-like appearance with erect ears, and a plumed tail.

The rare Labrador Husky another spitz-like breed, with a wolf-like appearance, is a fast, strong, sled dog, that is described as calm, friendly and agile.

The Labrador Husky was also an ancient breed developed by the Iniut people of Labrador in the northern and mainland portion of the province of Canada. The Northern Inuit Dog inherits the physical traits and mental attributes from both its parent breeds and have a strong pack leadership mentality. The muscular, loyal and alert Northern Inuit Dog breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and enjoyed by families as a watchdog and companion. The Northern Inuit Dog can be wary of strangers and aggressive towards other animals and therefore requires strong, firm control and a good socialization process. 

Northern Inuit Dog Height: The Northern Inuit Dog breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a Northern Inuit male dog is 23-32 inches. The height to the shoulder of a Northern Inuit female dog is 23-30 inches.

Northern Inuit Dog Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized canine, the weight of a Northern Inuit male is 80-110 lbs. The weight of the smaller female is 55-84 lbs.

Northern Inuit Dog Coat Type: The coat type of the Northern Inuit is described as varied coat type depending on hereditary traits.

Northern Inuit Dog Coat Colors: The colors of the Northern Inuit breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, White, Gray and Sable. N.B. Sable is a dark brown color.

Northern Inuit Dog Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Northern Inuit is categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Northern Inuit is considered to be high-maintenance and requires daily brushing and combing. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the Northern Inuit on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Northern Inuit Dog Litter Size: The litter size of the Northern Inuit breed ranges from 5 to 12 puppies. Northern Inuit puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Northern Inuit puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Northern Inuit Dog Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Northern Inuit breed is described as loving, stubborn, friendly, loyal and faithful.

Northern Inuit Dog Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed is high. The Northern Inuit requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. The large, powerful Northern Inuit has a firm, fluid, far-reaching gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.

Northern Inuit Dog Diet: A fully grown Northern Inuit should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Northern Inuit Dog Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Northern Inuit Dog breed include Cataracts, epilepsy and hip dysplasia. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Northern Inuit breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Northern Inuit Dog Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Northern Inuit Dog breed is 10-12 years.

Northern Inuit Dog Male Names: Male names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Northern Inuit breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Northern Inuit Dog names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male names are: Sitka *** Nanuk *** Balto *** Shadow *** Tundra *** Wolf *** Dakota *** Atiya *** Kodiak *** Yukon.

Northern Inuit Dog Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Northern Inuit girl dogs. Our top choice of good female Northern Inuit names are Ayka *** Cleo *** Sasha *** Tasha *** Jessie *** Cali *** Kona *** Lexi *** Izzy *** Oreo *** Xena.

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