Northern Inuit Dog

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Northern Inuit Dog
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Other namesTamaskan dog
British Timber dog
Utonagan
OriginUnited Kingdom
Breed statusNot recognised as a breed by any major kennel club.
Dog (domestic dog)

The Northern Inuit Dog, along with its offshoot breed lines the Tamaskan dog, the British Timber dog and the Utonagan, is a breed of dog developed from a 1980s breeding project in the United Kingdom with the objective of producing a dog breed that resembles wolves.[1][2]

Northern Inuit Dogs descend from dogs of unknown breed ancestry imported from North America in the 1980s that were crossed with Alaskan Malamutes, German Shepherds, Siberian Huskies and possibly Samoyeds, the intention of the breeding project was to create a dog of wolf-like appearance that could be kept as a companion dog and that could also be trained for other tasks.[2]

The Northern Inuit Dog breeding project subsequently split into a number of breed lines, including the Tamaskan dog, the British Timber dog and the Utonagan.[2]

Popular culture[edit]

Northern Inuit Dogs were used in the filming of the television series Game of Thrones to portray dire wolves.[1]

A Tamaskan dog played a wolf in a 2016 Broadway production of The Crucible.[3]

A Tamaskan has been the live mascot for the NC State Wolfpack since 2010, appearing on the sidelines of football games, bowl games, and other football and men’s basketball events.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sorenson, John; Matsuoka, Atsuko (2019). Dog's best friend?: rethinking canid-human relations. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University. ISBN 978-0-7735-5905-9.[page needed]
  2. ^ a b c Stavinohova, Renata; Hartley, Claudia; Burmeister, Louise M.; Ricketts, Sally L.; Pettitt, Louise; Tetas Pont, Roser; Hitti, Rebekkah J.; Schofield, Ellen; Oliver, James A. C.; Mellersh, Cathryn S. (2019). "Clinical, histopathological and genetic characterisation of oculoskeletal dysplasia in the Northern Inuit Dog". PLOS ONE. 14 (8): e0220761. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0220761. PMC 6695176. PMID 31415586.
  3. ^ "Play stars rare-breed dog in role of wolf". Newsday.
  4. ^ Griffin, Samuel. "Tuffy II in training: new pup learns old tricks". Technician.
  5. ^ Bernstein, Viv (October 5, 2014). "Sheepdog in Wolf's Clothing? Actually, Mascot Is Crossbreed" – via NYTimes.com.