1. Northern Inuit Dog
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Wikipedia lists the Northern Intuit as one of the three Labrador Crossbreeds that have become true breeds in their own right. PetGuide.com has a different take on the matter:
“If you were to imagine a large, black and whitedog breed that looks almost exactly like a wolf, you may be picturing the Northern Inuit Dog. These large, wolf-like dogs have recently become popular for portraying the Dire Wolf in the HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ series. Northern Inuit Dogs are technically a crossbreed, recognized only by its own independent breed club. Despite their wolf-like appearance, these dogs are actually very friendly and unlikely to show aggression. If you are looking for a unique but family-friendly dog, consider the Northern Inuit Dog.
These large, wolf-like dogs have recently become popular for portraying the Dire Wolf in the HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ series.
The exact origins of the Northern Inuit Dog are unknown but there are two stories relating to their history. In one story, the breed was founded by Eddie Harrison who crossbred several mixed-breed rescues with Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherds to create the Northern Inuit Dog during the 1980s. In the other story, the Northern Inuit Dog is the product of a cross between Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Labrador Huskies that were brought to the UK from the USA during the late ’70s with Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherd Dogs.
Regardless the true origins of the breed, several groups of split to form their own breed groups from the Northern Inuit Society. In the UK there is the British Timber Dog Club, the British Inuit Dog Club and the Inuit Dog Association. None of these clubs have been accepted by the British Kennel Club. In fact, the breed is only recognized by its own independent breed club.”
Regardless of their origin, these playful dogs who look like wolves are likely to be with us for a long time.
There are clubs dedicated to this “breed”, but it has not been recognized a breed by the AKC.
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