About Us & The Utonagan
We have owned a variety of pets, mostly dogs (and mainly rescues) for nearly 20 years. I have a soft spot for waifs and strays and would never turn a four legged friend away!
I first became interested in the Utonagan after reading an article about them in my local newspaper back in 2008.
I was enthralled by these dogs and began researching information regarding them.
Just a few weeks later I happened to be browsing the internet when I came across a Utonagan in a shelter not far from my home.
I immediately got on the phone, praying she was still there and then frantically phoned my husband to tell him about her.
We went to see her first thing the next morning and booked her to come live with us right away.
Layka arrived a couple of weeks later and has been a part of our family ever since.
Next came Kai in 2010 as a companion for Layka and then our youngest addition, Mishka in 2011.
All of our dogs are fully health tested in accordance with current requirements. Copies of health reports for each dog are held on file and can be seen on request.
Our dogs live indoors and are first and foremost part of our family. Each one of them chosen to be a much loved family pet.
If you would like to know more about the Utonagan breed please get in touch using the "Contact Us" link on this site. You can also find further information on the "Links" page.
Our affix "Kalamaki" registered with The Kennel Club in July 2011
The Utonagan is a breed of dog designed to look like the wolf but in fact has no wolf content whatsoever.
The Utonagan is a mix of three breeds of domestic dog: Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and German Shepherd.
Utonagan were created from 5 rescue dogs of unknown origin brought to the UK from America in 1987.
Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and German Shepherd were then added to create the desired look.
The original dogs were bred by Edwina Harrison and sold as wolf-dogs.
However this proved to be unpopular and a few years later the name of the dogs was changed to Northern Inuit.
However a few years down the line again a few breeders decided to rename their dogs Utonagan and further develop these lines.
So although Northern Inuit and Utonagan dogs were originally from the same lines they are now considered two separate breeds.
Further divisions and different ways of thinking led to the formation of several different breed clubs - The Utonagan Club, The Utonagan Association, The Utonagan Society and laterally The British Utonagan Association in 2007.
The British Utonagan Association was formed by some of the earlier breeders with the vision of improving health, collating information and establishing clear and concise records.
They hoped to do this by introducing carefully chosen new stock, compulsory comprehensive health testing for all breeding dogs and ensuring meticulous record keeping.
They hoped that this, in the future, may have enabled the breed to have the Kennel Club recognition which it so rightly deserved.
Unfortunately, in 2011, differences in opinions on the best way forward for the breed resulted in the breeders who had originally set up The British Utonagan Association and had such great visions for the breed deciding to take no further involvement in the club.
This club continues to run today using completely new breeders breeding a new type of dog called the "British Utonagan" - a breed loosely based on the original Utonagan but with all new pups born being the product of an outcross to one of the "founding" breeds (Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Northern Inuit).
Sadly, almost all of the lines behind the newer "British" Utonagan have many known health issues and the breeders of the parent dogs advised against any further continuation of the lines. Unfortunately this has not happened and today their Association continues to breed from these highly "at risk" dogs.
Kalamaki Utonagan, for this very reason, are not affiliated to any breed club and are independant owners of the Utonagan.
Like many before us, Kalamaki Utonagan have decided not to be part of continuing to contribute to the ill health of these dogs and as such have decided not to breed from our youngest dogs.
More information can be found on our "Breeding & Health" page and we are always happy to discuss the health of our own dogs and any issues which have been found in their lines.