There are many different breeds which make up the general 'wolfalike' type of dog. At the origin of all of these breeds there is the same general premise - to create a dog with all the looks of the wild wolf whilst retaining the temperament of a family pet.
The wolfalike dogs here at Toboetsuki are all pure, registered Northern Inuit Dogs, a breed whose founding stock has also been used in the creation of other wolfalike breeds such as the Utonagan, Tamaskan and British Timber dog.
The earliest beginnings of the Northern Inuit Dog is largely unknown but in the 1980's a few Inuit-type dogs were imported from America, where they have been used by the Inuit people as both a working dog and a family pet for hundreds of years. These dogs became the founders of the Northern Inuit Dog you see today. The founding dogs were selectively bred with Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and German Shepherd Dogs to create a breed which resembles the wolf without any true wolf content. The question of wolf content has been a long-debated point within the community, but no solid answer has ever been obtained - largely due to the unknown heritage of those original dogs.
In the 1990's many of these wolfalike dogs were being sold up and down the country under the label of 'wolf hybrids', which led to many of them being seized and destroyed under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976. A group of people came together during this time, in an effort to preserve a particular line of these dogs and thus they were given the name the Northern Inuit Dog.
There have been many splits within the governing body of the Northern Inuit Dog which has led to the creation of other wolfalike breeds, many of which went on to use Northern Inuits as the founding stock in the creation of their own breeds. Many of the splits were over concerns over health and the small gene pool which makes up the Northern Inuit, all descending from the same original founders.
Due to recently uncovered health issues in the breed, the breeder of our own Northern Inuits recently made the decision to move away from the governing body (the Northern Inuit Society) in order to begin a carefully planned outcrossing program in an effort to preserve and enhance the type whilst broadening the genetic diversity of the type.
None of the wolfalike breeds are currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club.