The Utonagan strongly resembles a wolf but in fact has no wolf content
at all, consistlng of only three breeds of domestic dog: Alaskan
Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky Appearance
Utonagan is medium in size and well-muscled, but with a slender build
so as to resemble a wolf as closely as possible. The breed has a thick
double coat that appears quite different in winter and summer. The
guard hair is straight and slightly coarse to the touch. The pelage can
be silver grey, cream, or brown with black overlay and a characteristic
wolf mask. It also comes in all white and all black. Temperament
Utonagan has a superb temperament and makes a wonderful family dog and
companion. They love the company of people, and get along well with
cats and smaller dogs if introduced to them at an early age.
The Utonagan is not a guard dog, and will lick a stranger rather than bark at them. Utonagan will, howl from time to time. Care
Utonagan needs companionship and attention, and can develop destructive
behaviour if left alone for long periods. Unlike some of their
ancestors, Utonagan will return to their owner when called if trained
properly. Most Utonagan adore being trained and are eager to please
The Utonagan's coat is very easy to manage and
(roughly) only requires a twice weekly brush. However, when the dog is
moulting, its coat will require more attention. Health
have thick coats that keep them warm in cool conditions but they have
great difficulty staying cool in summer. This becomes a problem when
walking the dog during hot weather, so owners must be careful not to
over-exercise the dog and to keep water available when playing.
Utonagan can live up to 10-15 years of age.
the Utonagan is an active agile and healthy dog, they should not be
overtly exercised until their bones are fully mature.
Prior to breeding all breeding stock should be KC/BVA hip scored and eye tested clear.History
Utonagan and Northern Inuit were created from 5 rescue dogs of unknown
origin, imported to the UK from America in 1987. Siberian Husky,
Alaskan Malamute and German Shepherd were then added.
original dogs were bred by Edwina Harrison, who would often advertise
them as Wolf dogs in Exchange and Mart. See link to article in external
links. Buck, the founding father, looked like a Malamute. His more
wolf-like pups were prized for breeding.
The breed now known as the Utonagan and the breed known as the Northern Inuit originally came from the same stock.
Utonagan Society developed its lines by returning to stock from the
conceptual breeder, as such the Utonagan and Northern Inuit are
therefore now two separate breeds.
because of this breeds beautiful good looks and charming personality it
has suffered at the hands of unscrupulous breeders willing to [color:bf25=#018D25 ! important]put
making money before ensuring the health of their dogs and subsequent
puppies. As a result the Utonagan does suffer with some health problems
due to these unethical breeders and the small gene pool.
name Utonagan was taken, by Lyn Barraclough one of the original
breeders, from a story "Adventure with a Totem" from Myths &
Legends of the North American Indians by Lewis Spence. It was then
suggested by Brian Jenkins her partner as the breed name.
It is originally from a Chinook tale where Ut!ô'naqan is interpreted as "Spirit of the Wolf".
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