Inuit Sled Dog International
Copyright ISDI, 1997, 2012, 2016
Preserving the pure Inuit dog

Introducing the Inuit Sled Dog

   The Inuit dog's, known as qimmiq in inuktitut, scientific name is Canis familiaris borealis. In the spring of 2001, Canada's Nunavut Territory officially adopted the term "Canadian Inuit Dog" to designate the qimmiq and adopted it as the mammal emblem of the new territory.
  The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) encompasses the Canadian Inuit dog, the Greenland Inuit dog and the Russian Inuit dog (of which some specimens remains in Russia's interior). The term Canadian Eskimo dogs designates dogs registered or registrable with the Canadian Kennel Club.

The ISDI keeps a registry, which is not affiliated with any kennel club, to keep track of as many purebred Inuit dogs as possible.

The ISDI has sponsored the donation of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's Heritage, 2nd edition to communities in Nunavut and Nunavik. The 2nd edition is now being replaced by the 3rd edition: The Inuit Dog of the Polar North, by Genevieve Montcombroux.

RCMP pure Inuit dog team in Nunavik. 1957.

Toadhall Arnavik (female), 7wks
Toadhal Palootok (male), 7 weeks
A brief history
   In the mid-1980s, the Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation headed by Bill Carpenter was winding down after Carpenter's public appeal to breeders of such northern dogs such as Malamutes and Siberian Huskies to take pairs of Canadian Inuit dogs. A number of dogs found homes in southern Canada.
   The prevailing opinion at the time considered the Canadian Kennel Club the way to maintain the breed. In 1986, Genevi e ve Montcombroux organized the Canadian Eskimo Dog Association but soon broke away. Changing the name to Canadian Inuit dog was the contentious issue. She then founded the Friends of the Inuit Dog, a loose association of like-minded owners and supporters of the CID as a working dog, linked by a monthly newsletter.
   In 1997, Genevieve Montcombroux met Sue Hamilton. They transformed the Friends of the Inuit Dog into the organization known as the Inuit Sled Dog International(ISDI), which included the Greenland Inuit Dog and Inuit Dogs in other countries. Sue took over the newsletter, which became The Fan Hitch.
   In December 2011, Sue Hamilton unilaterally ended the collaboration to focus her attention on The Fan Hitch. The Inuit Sled Dog International continues under the direction of Genevieve Montcombroux.

Kirsch, bracing himself as he is ordered to not touch his food till the command.
Photo Schurke, Montana

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