Northern Inuit Dogs are an amazing breed with complicated characters. They are loyal, affectionate and loving, but on the other hand independent, stubborn and far too intelligent for their own good. They are not suited for novice owners and require for them to have a good sense of humour, patience and commitment as well as being able to put in a lot of hard work into training. They are not the type of dog that will obey command "sit" just because you say so...they will check and then double check if this is definitely what you meant and wanted. So consistency is important part of the training.
You have to be prepared to give them leadership as otherwise they will take an advantage and you can quickly become the omega. They are non-aggressive and will usually submit when challenged, but they don't respond well to harsh treatment. They are eager to please, but lose interest and get bored very quickly therefore training needs to be varied and most of all - fun! They don't like to be left alone for long periods of time and can often suffer separation anxiety. Another dog as a companion is a good idea as NIs are very sociable, love company and will want to take part in everything you do.
They are successful in variety of disciplines: agility, flyball, pulling sledges, obedience etc.... Some of them are already registered as PAT dogs. They have really good sense of smell and enjoy scent training. They are definitely not guard dogs though and this is due to their friendliness and treating every visitor like long lost friend.
They need moderate amount of exercise which needs to be restricted in the first year as they are fast growing and slowly maturing breed. They don't reach full maturity until year two to three. Nice, manicured gardens don't usually exist alongside an NI. They absolutely love to provide landscaping services and will taste test every plant they will come across. They are very inquisitive and will want to check and be a part of everything that their owners do. They have quite high prey drive, especially around smaller furry animals, and they will chase. Some of the dogs introduced to livestock at an early stage will grow not wanting to chase, but care should always be taken as sometimes the pack instinct can take over.
Inuit makes a fantastic companion but can be quite boisterous at play,
and can easily knock a child down so common sense dictates that children
and dogs should never be left unsupervised.
Any companion dog must be able to withstand rough and tumble play that comes with an NI.They are quite a hardy breed, but they can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia due to their size. However, prior to breeding, according to the code of ethics all the dogs are hip and elbow scored under the BVA scheme. As mentioned above, they can suffer from sensitive stomachs and separation anxiety. Retained testicles can occasionally occur in male dogs, but, when treated, this illness should not impact on their quality of life. In addition, there have been very few cases reported of: epilepsy, glaucoma, addisons disease and cancer. However it was unknown whether the causes were genetic or environmental. The Northern Inuit Society health advisor keeps this under review so that any lines affected can be removed from the breeding programme. Overall, if you are willing to put time and effort into raising your NI puppy
They don't tend to respond well to supermarket food brands and can suffer from sensitive stomach. Therefore it is always advisable to do a lot of research before deciding upon food type. Quite a lot of owners have gone down a raw feeding route and there is a lot of information available online if you would like to know all the pros and cons.
you will be rewarded tenfold with a loving, loyal and cheeky companion. Beware though, this breed is very addictive...a lot of people don't just stop at one and once you are in the crazy NI world you wouldn't have it any other way.