Meet Lola, a Utonagan dawg
Dog Portrait Photographer Jim had the pleasure of capturing the beautiful Lola.
Originally known as the Wolf Dog, this breed was developed during the 1980s by Edwina Harrison. Harrison created the breed by crossing five mixed-breed rescue dogs of unknown origin with Siberian Husky, German Shepherd, and Alaskan Malamutes. The goal of this crossing was to produce a dog that had a wild and wolf-like appearance combined with the sweet and gentle nature of a domesticated dog.
The Utonagan breed was first created in the United Kingdom, and has had a few name changes since its start including wolf-dog, and Northern Inuit.
As breeding continued, the appearance, characteristics and behaviour, has remained constant for several generations. A large, muscular, strong yet athletic looking dog thanks to their lighter build. Extremely well-balanced and it is this that reflects their agility, speed and power. Their overall first impression is that of a wolf although there is no wolf in their DNA
An intelligent, friendly dog with well-balanced, even temperament making a wonderful family pet and companions, loving nothing more than being in a home environment and involved in everything that goes on around them. Particularly good around children and when well socialised from a young enough age and they generally get on well with other pets and animals too.
Utonagan’s as a recognised breed
Within the next few generations, we may see the breed standard established and recognised by leading Kennel Clubs.
At the time of writing according to Pet4Homes, Utonagan is the 153rd most popular dog out of the 244 recognised breeds. To see the popularity of dogs over the last 100 years based on the Petplan Pet Census then this article is a really interesting read.