The Utonagan

Appearance

A medium to large sized Utonagan
Utonagan Quick Summary
Also Known AsNorthern Inuit
OriginUK
LineageCrossbreed
SizeMedium-Large
Height (at withers)25-32in (63.5-81cm)
Weight55-90lbs (25-41kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan10-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size4-8
SheddingLow
GroomingMedium
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Utonagan is a medium to large sized dog weighing between 55 & 90lbs. This is such a new and developing breed that their appearance can vary, but overall they were bred to resemble wolves. The body is long and muscular with a level topline. The head has a long muzzle, small erect ears, dark hypnotic eyes with a dark facial mask and black lips. The coat and tail can be curly or straight, and colouring tends to be a wolf like grey or brown.

Temperament

Although they were originally bred to resemble wolves, Utonagans are certainly not wolk like in nature. These are affectionate dogs blessed with well balanced temperaments. They love the company of people, are pretty good with kids and When socialised early will get along fine with other household pets. For these reasons they do make for good family dogs and companions, although they don't like to be left alone for long periods. Problems can arise such as destructive behaviour if they are, and they can tend to howl too. Thse dogs have a strong pack mentality and so need firm, consistent leadership, and so are probably more suited to experienced dog owners rather than the novice. Although they were not bred for any real work related purposes, they are very versatile dogs that can be trained as they are responsive and quick to learn. They respond best to a reward based training schedule.

History & Skills

Utonagans originate from Great Britain and are a very young breed that is still being developed. Formerly called Northern Inuits, they were renamed Utonagans as recently as 2002. These dogs are a cross between three breeds, namely Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds. Developed in the late eighties, it is only in the last decade that the breed has become established. They were bred merely to be companion dogs but with the look of the wolf (their name derives from an old Chinook Indian tale and means “spirit of the wolf”), but being adaptable they are now used for a variety of purposes including working as therapy dogs in schools and hospitals. The breed is not currently recognised by the UK Kennel Club.

Breed Specific Ailments

Utanogan's tend to to live between 9-13 years of age, sometime longer.With the breed being so young and still under development it is too early to know of any real health concerns. However, as with many larger breeds hip dysplasia may become one of them.

Grooming

Utonagans are not high shedders but their thick double coats do shed heavily twice a year, during which time they will need brushing and combing daily. Other times the coat will need brushing ocasionally to keep the fur in good condition but little trimming to no trimming or stripping is needed.

Exercise & Environment

Utanogans tend to live indoors but are highly energetic dogs that can play quite boisterously.Regular exercise is as must with at least two walks per day being preferred, but they have the stamina to suit extended periods of exercise. Combined with their trainability, they make good joging partners. This breed is able to handle most types of hot and cold weather.

Recognition

FCIFCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
KCThe Kennel Club (UK)
AKCAKC - American Kennel Club

Breed Clubs

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