Inuit Sled Dog International
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Preserving the pure Inuit dog

WELCOME to the Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI)

The Inuit Sled Dog International organization has for its goal the preservation of the Inuit dog in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI concentrates its effort on restoring the Inuit dog to its native habitat and acting as a resource for this unique dog of ancient lineage. 


A thumbnail history of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation and Bill Carpenter
Extract from The Inuit Dog of the Polar North by Genevieve Montcombroux

In 1972, government biologist William (Bill Carpenter) and John McGrath (passed away February 6, 2013), an economic development officer for the Northwest Territories government, initiated the "Eskimo Dog Project", which Bill implemented with the creation of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation.
Initially, Bill and John bought some dogs sight unseen with disastrous results. Those dogs were disposed of.
Thereafter, Bill only trusted his own eyes and with John, traveled as far as Holamn Island, and Paulatuk in the west (where no phenotypically pure dogs were found), and the east coast of Baffin Island.
The dogs they selected in person were phenotypically pure.
Bill and John consulted Inuit elders from the Inumamari Cultural Society of the Baffin Region and studied old photographs to gain a better understanding of the original Inuit dog. He also read scientific papers from various polar researchers and the old CKC breed standard.

This short history is a reference to avoid confusion arising from Wikipedia Encyclopedia where an individual has usurped Bill Carpenter's work and claimed it for himself.
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Thank you to our generous donors:
Tim Socha, Switzerland
TPC Scotland Ltd.

Readers are now familiar with many pictures and websites of so-called northern inuit dogs. Just a reminder that those dogs and their organizations, which wrongfully use the term Inuit dog, term that belong to the Nunavut government and the traditional qimmiq, have NOTHING TO DO with the Canadian and Greenland Inuit dog, the one and only dog that lived and worked with the Inuit people of the circumpolar North and opened the Arctic to exploration and science.

The Inuit Dog of the Polar North is the third revised and expanded edition of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's Heritage.

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Inuit dog DO NOT assimilate any cereals. Never give an Inuit dog kibble no matter how good it claims to be - even though I stated that if there is nothing else a grain free kibble is acceptable - because it still contains a whole lot of fillers - including psyllium, which serves to congeal food inside the intestines and can prevent diarrhea. Such diet could lead to bloat too .

However, the Inuit dog thrive on raw muscle meat, liver, tongue and heart with cooked lentils, a little vegetable oil and fat. He has a fantastic digestive system when fed the right food.

For a working female in temperate climate:
450 g (half-pound) of good ground beef or any animal meat available (pork is never a great success) - medium not too fat but not the lean variety - 50 g (2 oz) of beef liver - 50 g of beef heart and tongue - 10 mg of zinc - 1 cup of cooked lentils (good and cheap are the Laird's lentils, also called green lentils) - it takes about 20 to 30 minutes (may vary) to cook one cup of raw lentils which gives almost two cups of cooked lentils. Use all the cooking water in the mix - it contains nutrients. - 1 tblsp of vegetable oil.
- Add 20% of all the ingredients for a working male in temperate climate.

Prior to cooking the lentils, wash them in water and pick them over to remove any impurities. Lentils are a field crop and sometime a tiny stone is missed in the screening process.


Check The composition of the nutrients in lentils is posted

See tips and health on the Inuit Dog page and in the Archives

 In some areas winter has already arrived. In others it is still fall. Wherever the ISDs are, when the temperature approaches freezing, they need more food. Food should be increased slowly (about 10%), one week at a time until the middle of winter when the working dogs appear to have accumulated enough reserves and the increase can be stopped. The dogs won't tell their musher that they have enough, so it is up to the musher to know her/his dogs and determined when to stop inceasing the food.

Photo Looqi