Northern Inuit Breed Standard
General Appearence: A dog of medium build, athletic but never racy.
Head: Not too broad, skull slightly domed. Muzzle equal in length to skull, strong and gently tapering. Cheeks flat. Nose preferably black but a 'snow nose' is permitted. Nostrils large. Slight stop. Lips close fitting and black. Perfect scissor bite.
Eyes: Oval and set at a slightly oblique angle. Any colour or colour combination permitted.
Ears: Set fairly wide apart but not too large, carried erect.
Neck: Strong and muscular with a well defined nape.
Forequarters: Shoulders flat. Moderately angulated upper arm but shoulder blades well laid back. Elbows fitting close to the chest which must not be too broad ( approx 4 fingers width between front legs) or drop below the elbow. Distance from ground to elbow slightly greater than from the elbow to the withers. Oval bone, neither too heavy or too light, pasterns upright but flexible. Feet oval and toes open and well knuckled. Pads black and well cushioned with hair.
Body: Top line level. Ribs long to give overall proportions of height to length as 10 - 9, well sprung from the spine but flattening on the sides to allow the elbows to move freely. Loin short and deep with no exaggerated tuck up. Croup broad and fairly short but not steep. The tail is a smooth continuation of the croup and must reach no further than the point of the hock. May be lifted when excited and carried upright or sickle in movement.
Hindquarters: Well angulated with broad, muscular thighs, the strength being carried through the second thigh. Hocks short and perpendicular to the ground. Upright when viewed from the rear. Feet oval, can have five rear toes. Removal of dew claws optional.
Coat: Dense, waterproof double coat, slightly course in texture. Body coat 3 - 5 cm. Longer on ruff and breechings. Tail bushy.
Colouring: Pure white or any Colour, Sable, Grey or Apricot through to pure Black. White faces permitted on any colour. Masklike or cap like markings permitted on the faces of any colour other than whites. Where white appears on the legs and feet the colour change must be gradual, ink marked considered a fault.
Gait: Far reaching, covering the ground with an easy stride.
Size: Bitches 23" min (59cm) Maximum 28" (71cm). Dogs 25" min. (64cm) Maximum 30" (76cm). Overall balance is more important than size
Temperment: Friendly, placid and outgoing.
Faults: Curly tails. Long or single coats, ink marked, black and tan colours. Cow or sickle hocks. Any departure from the standard should be considered a fault; the seriousness with which the fault is regarded should be in proportion to its degree
Note: Males should have two apparently descended testicles into the scrotum.
STANDARD COURTESY OF THE NORTHERN INUIT SOCIETY