The Northern Inuit Breed

The Northern Inuit Association

While it is understood that the first Northern Inuits are Canadian in origin, the breed you see today has evolved in the UK. The Northern Inuit was originally a crossbred dog developed in an attempt to create a domestic dog breed more closely resembling the wolf, while possessing the gentler, more trainable character of the domesticated dog. It is understood that the Northern Inuit originates from crosses among German Shepherd DogsSiberian HuskiesSamoyedsAlaskan Malamute and a variety of Inuit breeds. The Northern Inuit breed is now however a recognized breed in its own right. Since 2017 according to the latest Embark DNA there is a small percentage of grey-Wolf present under 15%. Variable low content varies from 3-15%, alongside genetic markers for the Samoyed dog.


The Northern Inuit is currently recognized by The Northern Inuit Association, with its own independent breed club. The Northern Inuit dog is also used within the W.O.L.F World of Lupine federation breeding program for the Lupine dog. There is a large worldwide on-line community of Northern Inuit Dog owners who connect through social media to discuss, share news and their own stories on this incredible dog.

Appearance-wise the Northern Inuit is of medium to large athletic build, with a double coat that can vary in colour. Females are usually between 23 and 28 inches (58–71 cm) tall and weigh around 25–38 kg (55–84 pounds), while males are usually between 25 and 30 inches (58–81 cm) tall and weigh 36–48 kg (79–110 pounds).

In 2011 Northern Inuit dogs were cast as the Direwolves in the first season of the TV series Game of Thrones (based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin).

In 2017 The Northern Inuit dog returned to our screens to play the character of Rollo, who is portrayed as a Wolfdog won by Ian Murray in Outlander (filmed in Scotland, aired November 2018).