Julestar Northern Inuit.
 and
Timber Dogs.

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There are many different wolfdogs, Wolfalike and Wolftype breeds. It is important to research each type in order to ensure that the breed is right for you. They may look similar but vary enormously depending on the input.  Some "Wolf Dog"  breeds  may have recent wolf or wolf hybrid in their leniage. They may often appear similar in appearance, but each group has its own breed, health and temperament traits which will impact on how well they will fit into your life and lifestyle.
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Julestar Timber Dogs and The Inuit have been developed to fit into most environments as family pets.
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  Julestar Dogs are registered with The Timber Dog Club UK.

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Timber Dog Club UK.

The club carries two separate data bases and registration.  With the Embark DNA screening, it has been found that some dogs  have  traceable wolf markers in their ancestry, along with many of the other dog breeds and while being considered very low content, never the less is there. When, tested dogs results show this, then resultant progeny will be registered on the relevant data base for those with any found content.

This has been done to be clear and establish between them as it is especially important for our owners in countries who have bans and restrictions on wolf content. The Timber dogs have been developed from Northern Dog breeds, but it is thought that some may have wolf content back in the leniage which may alter the legal labelling in foreign countries. As this test is now readily available to all and becoming more popular, rather than risk misrepresentation, we have taken the steps now to hopefully prevent any future issues arising.

We therefore ask, that anybody considering owning a puppy check with their relevant authorities if there are restrictions and if they extend to percentages  (Low, Mid, High). So we can advise on which litters are acceptable for you. Any wolf content in our dogs is very low.

 

                                         BREED OVERVIEW


In the 1980s five wolfy type dogs of unknown lineage were imported from USA to UK. These were bred to Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and GSD crosses. The goals were to create a wolfy appearance with a good family temperament. These were originally called Wolf Dogs. Records were not kept at that time. Around 1988 as there was no wolf content the name was changed to Northern Inuit and The Northern Inuit Society was formed.
Over time there were differences of opinion on development of the breed and there was a split these became the Utonagon. Over the years for similar reasons there have been further splits.

Julestar Timber Dogs  have Northern Inuit Dog and Utonagon Dog among their founders. This is identified in the pedigree and in the future other approved dogs and breeds may be introduced to improve the development of the our dogs.

Timberdogs and Inuit are dogs, developed for a home pet temperament with a wolfy appearance. Hence the name "Wolf look a like"
. They are recognised by Pet Insurance companies and Microchip registration bodies as domestic dogs. Like many breeds with DNA testing advancement there may be wolf traces.
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TEMPERAMENT


The Northern Inuit and British Timber Dog are loyal and affectionate and get on well with children and other dogs, as with all breeds they should not be left unsupervised with young children as they can be boisterous in play and because they are big dogs, knock them over. They can be quite independant and strong willed. These breeds are not so work driven as sled dogs or huskies, but tend more to like being an interactive part of the family.


If you like a nice well planted garden then it needs to be mentioned the they do like to dig and will quite likely dig up plants and eat them if left unsupervised or untrained. Most people have a nice slabbed patio areas or fenced garden with concrete or slabs at the base to prevent them digging under where the dogs will run free.


These breeds are pack orientated, as they are maturing owners need to establish and maintain themselves as Pack Leader (Alpha) or they may find themselves relegated to underdog. They need to be socialised as young as possible, otherwise they have a tendancy to "spook" easily when faced with something new. They are intelligent and respond well to training, many have reached very high levels and awards in numerous fields. With gentle approach training and encouragement even old dogs that are timid can usually be socialised and rehabilitated.


They can be very destructive if left alone, this needs consideration and training. They love company, whether human or another dog as a companion. They can be  boisterious in play and a companion dog needs to be able to enjoy and withstand the rough and tumble.


We have a great deal of feedback from our owners, who having taken on board advice and the need for constant company in the early stages of development, have with training overcome separation anxiety and can leave their dogs alone for periods with no mishaps and curbed their desire to "re-arrange" their gardens !!!.

Many dogs have proved themselves and responded exceptionally well to early training, going on to achieve awards to Gold level in Good Citizenship, Agility and Obedience. Some have even being trained as "Pat Dogs" and Service Dogs.

During maturation "Alpha" position needs to be maintained as during the various stages, they will "test the bounderies". Nipped in the bud this should settle down when mature.


They are not generally a guarding breed as they normally submit when challenged. They often greet all comers as long lost friends. We have feedback from one owner who has included this in the training and in their own words "The Best all round dog they have ever had" displaying a good balance with no excess aggression.


All things considered they do make fantastic family pets and companions. Often very laid back and chilled out

 

COLOURS
NIs and BTDs come in a range of coat and eye colours. White, cream, Silvers, Silver/Grey, All shades of greys through to Dark Charcoals. Within these colours comes the various shades of red. Light Greys with Apricot shadings through to the darker greys with deep russet shadings. All have a magic of their own and can change with the seasons. We often talk about our own dogs sporting their summer and winter colours. When describing a dog colour sometimes two colours will be used. The predominent colour first then / shading colours. ie: Silver/Grey. Grey/Apricot. Timber/Red.
In the markings we often see characteristic markings like the caudical mark on the tail. This is most obvious on a tail of uniform colour, the caudical mark stands out as a darker area set on the top of the tail approx 6 inches from the base. Quite often wolves carry this mark too. Also behind the ears often there is a lighter spot, referred to as back eyes, one theory to these are as in the wild ancestry somewhere, these were used as escape tool when in danger. When startled and the ears quickly erected, this flashed up to a predetor as eyes and slowed it down just long for the animal to assist its escape.
Colour as a puppy has no bearing on the adult colour, markings and shading develop over many months, experienced breeders can usually help with predicting the final colours.

COAT TYPES
There are different coat types. All should be double dense. There is short often with little or no obvious neck ruff, then still classed as short a slightly longer coat with a more defined ruff, next there is the Plush, a longer coat with a neck ruff, double dense, bushier tail, but shorter than the long coat. This coat is not soft and flowing and not to be confused with a long coat which can be of varying lengths,  the tail remaining bushy.  The hair can be dense.  (preferable) or softer in texture and lacking in undercoat, with flowing hair on the tail. Coats of the latter type are not desirable to the breed standard.

MASKS
Masks also vary from dog to dog, some full others half, some none. The depth of colour and shape varies too. All are acceptable and give each dog its own unique appearance. Masks and body markings develop as a puppy matures.

EYE COLORS
All eye colours appear in the NI.  Including Bi Eye. Blues can be Crystal clear blue. light or dark, and then there is the intriguing Pearl Blues. these often appear white at certain angles and lighting. Piercing bright yellows, fearce set ambers, soft glowing ambers, gentle browns. The irises can be a mixture of colour flecks or softly uniform. Pupil sizes also vary, so a blue or yellow eye can look very intense if the dog ussually has a small pupil. I have one dog whose eye colour I cant acurately classify, so I have invented kaleidescope eye. This is an eye that carries all the colours up to amber. difficult to imagine unless you have seen it. Sometimes clear and then white pearl. with rings and flecks in it of all the colours, that flicker and change the colour as different rays of light hit it.....mesmerising.
Again puppy eye colour develops during maturity, mostly going lighter.

HOWLING

Yes they do. It is a beautiful melodious song, so reminisant of the wild. They all have their own part in the pack song. Our alpha male begins with his distinct low, long voice, then he is followed by the betas a slightly different tone, then the Deltas and Omegas join in with their own distinctive song. When all are singing in tune. They stop suddenly and the following silence seems almost atmospheric. The built up to them all singing in harmony takes around 1 to 2 minutes. Ours do it dawn and dusk and sometimes midday. We think they are calling the pack together, checking everybody is present, even when they cant see all the members. They know they are all here. Or maybe it is just the joy of life.

 

 Health

Like many large breed dogs the Northern Inuit can suffer from hip dysplacia, therefore when looking to buy a puppy it is wise to check that the hip scores of the parents are within the perimeters of the breed average. The current BMS for the Northern Inuit is 14.

 All BTD and Northern Inuits born after Jan 2006 are hip scored and have to have received a satisfactory result before being bred from. Since Jan 2009 all NIDs born after that date are now  BVA Hip Scored. BVA Elbow Scored and Eye Tested. This has been introduced to further improve the breeding standard. There have been no incidence of eye problems but it was decided to means test 100 dogs and if they all came back clear then the breed can be officially declared eye problem free.

There have been reported epilepsy and Addisons disease in some of the older lines. This has been managed by identifying these lines and eradicating them from the breeding programme.

In 2012 it was found that DM were in some of the lines in many wolfy breeds. All our dogs were DNA tested and any found to be carrying the gene were removed from our breeding programme. Some breeders are still using DM carriers, put to a DM free they will produce 50% carriers and 50% clear. But none will be affected as they can only have the carrier element. At Julestar we decided to completely remove all dogs carrying the gene to move forward in eradicating DM alltogether. We have never had a DM affected dog.  All our dogs and puppies are DM free by virtue of parentage.

Northern Inuit can be prone to sensitive tummies and their have been cases of undecended testicles in males. This is now very rare.

All breeds have their problems and many far more frequent and serious than those occuring within the NI and BTD. These problems have been accepted by ethical breeders and protocols put in place to deal with them 

Average life expectancy is around 12 years+ but there are some who have lived to around 16 years, that I know of.