British Utonagan Society


About the breed


The British Utonagan is a new breed of dog created and introduced in Britian. It is, as yet, unrecognised by the Kennel Club as it is still in the beginnings of establishing type, collecting and researching health and pedigree history.

The foundation breeds of our lovely British Utonagan are: Malamute, German Shepherd and Siberian Husky which are being carefully mixed and cross bred, along with selected Utonagan and Northern Inuit.

Over the years many breeders and clubs have tried to create the wolf a like dog, a dog that resembles a wolf - with no wolf content, these breeders did not keep concise records, nor did they have a full background pedigree, health tests, history in place, probably as they did not realise how popular these dogs would become.The BRITISH UTONAGAN was born from the shared vision of Loraine Niven, Julie Yule and Karen Clark (Loraine being the only remaining active founder) breeders of these type of dogs, who decided it was time to do it right.Start from scratch, use dogs from good traceable pedigree, research the health and temperament of the breeding dogs lines prior to their use, insist on frugal health testing, pedigree banks, health reports, dna logging of all breeding dogs, a concise record of the whole breed so that in the future this breed may go forward to apply for Kennel Club recognition and also would have a good foundation stock in order that a flourishing breed could survive.

We would like to create a breed by putting the dogs well-being, natural conformation, temperament, health and happiness first andforemost and always ensure that it remains so.Our breed standard is based on a Timber Wolf (Grey Wolf), which is the most natural conformation of the canine species.Nature created this shape before man had a hand in breeding and domesticating dogs, and this is the shape that is the most suitable for a canine to function.We pride ourselves in the fact that we are, although still moulding nature as our forefathers have, trying to create what mother nature gave us, the perfect Dog.

The British Utonagan Registry (Founders stud book) holds ALL records of each British Utonagan Founder dog and all of the progeny, as the breed grows you can follow our first generation, second and so forth, all dogs pedigrees, health test results, temperament tests, show wins will be logged for anyone interested in the breed.The British Utonagan Stud Book will be maintained in order that it will be forwarded to the Kennel Club when the time is right, and all dogs profiles included

The British Utonagan is a breed in its own right and all British Utonagans have a full Pedigree, and should be provided with full Registration papers.

The British Utonagan is a large yet agile dog and can excel in many tasks, they are good at obedience, with many achieving Good Citizen Awards. They have also excelled in the showring and we are now trying them out for rigging (sledding without the snow). A very versatile and loyal breed.

The British Utonagan is especially good with children and will be good with other pets it is introduced to in the home, this must be done from an early age. They love company and do not do well by themselves so if you are thinking of adding a British Utonagan to your family you should take this into consideration.

All in all the British Utonagan is a stunning, lovely natured breed and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do.




Should resemble a Timber Wolf. Large, strong and powerful presence but not too heavy in build with longer legs compared to build of body . Should show overall straight, balanced top-line, and move covering the ground with ease , with good reach.

A powerful and adaptable dog. Built for travel. Agile, ability for endurance and fast work, alert and intelligent.

The temperament, friendly and intelligent with no hint of aggression

The head should be large and long (average length 9 - 11 inches), being the same distance (5 - 6 inches) between the occupult and the stop as breadth of the skull. The stop should be slight, not too severe. Skull should taper forward. Broad strong muzzle, lips firm and closing tightly. Nose should be black or dark Brown, lack of pigmentation or snow nose considered as a fault, taking into account bitches may suffer from this temporarily due to seasons or lactating.

Colour ranging from Brown to amber or yellow (preferred). Good pigment, almond in shape, coat accentuating the eye so that they look larger.
Blue eyes will be considered a fault.

Large, but should be in comparison to head. Set slightly lower down and tip slightly forward as to give the illusion that they are smaller. Once dog matures they should have a good covering of hair around the inside of the ear. Slightly rounded at tip. Soft ears to be considered a fault.

A strong muzzle with well developed powerful jaw is preferred. Bite should be scissor bite, Lips Black. Undershot or overshot jaws are regarded as a fault.

Fairly long and slightly curved line where it connects to the head, well muscled, looks bigger due to heavier coat “Mane” in this area, give the impression of strength.

Built for travel, narrow chest, shoulders sloping enabling good reach. Forelegs long in comparison to body. Elbows close to the body, turning neither in nor out.

Streamlined chest. Body and Tail in comparison showing a long animal. Well sprung ribs into tuck and well muscled loins.

Well muscled hindquarters giving push and leverage, from behind dog should move straight and move easily, hocks should be straight, slight turn of stifle.

Front paws large in comparison to bone, turning out very slightly. Back paws smaller Pads slightly webbed, longer toes on front feet. Dew claws on hind feet will be considered a fault.

Should be bushy and thick not feathered. Should hang straight to the hock. Carried straight and high when excited or at a trot. Should not curl round on itself, straight tail preferred. Spitz tails are to be considered a fault.

Effortless, with a good reach and ground cover, powerful drive from the hindquarters.

Dense double coat, waterproof harsh top coat and soft thick undercoat, thicker /longer around neck, tail area. No feathering on legs, excess feathering in comparison to coat on ears, tail and trousers undesirable.

Colours allowable: grizzled combination of timber grey, silver, black, white and buff single colours of black, white.
Pied or ink marked colours undesirable.

Size: (Height)
 25 ins and above to top of withers. 
Dogs   generally bigger than bitches, 26 ins and above to top of withers.
Height should be taken into consideration with overall appearance.

Approximately 55-90 lbs and should be in proportion to height, age and frame should be well covered and fit.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be considered should be in proportion to its degree .

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles descended into the scrotum.

Written - January 2008 by Loraine Niven all rights reserved.


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