Utonagan

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Size

Large

Life span

15 Years

Weight

50 Kg

Group

Hybrid Dogs

Utonagan Overview

The Utonagan is an intelligent dog breed, extremely friendly with a well-balanced nature. They make a wonderful companion for families because of their laid back temperament. This dog breed loves the company of people and will go out of their way to show love to their loved ones.

This dog breed requires a strong owner that is willing to be a firm leader and discipline when needed, as the Utonagan has a tendency to want to be the pack leader.

They show no aggressive traits, as their appearance can be rather deceiving. The appearance of this dog breed varies somewhat between each dog, however, they all do resemble a wolf-like image. The tail is usually curled and their eyes are almost very dark and slightly hypnotic. They don't have a specific weight as such, but it should be in proportion to their height. Height for males is normally 60cm and for the female it's 23cm.

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Utonagan Characteristics

Size InformationIntelligence
  • 5
Size InformationExercise Needs
  • 5
Size InformationDogs Health
  • 4
Size InformationChild Friendly
  • 4
Size InformationApartment
  • 1
Size InformationShedding
  • 3
Size InformationGrooming Needs
  • 2
Size InformationBarking
  • 2
Size InformationAlone
  • 2
Size InformationTrainability
  • 5
Size InformationEnergy Levels
  • 5
Size InformationDog friendly
  • 3

History & Origin

The Utonogan dog breed originated back in 1987. History dictates that this dog breed was a mix of the Alaskan Malamute, German shepherd and the Siberian husky. 

Utonagan means "spirit of wolf" in Chinook Indian and was bred to be kept as a working dog breed.

 

Utonagan Temperament

This dog breed has a pleasant temperament. They're best known for being gentle, sweet and well-balanced. They make an excellent addition to re family because of their loving nature. The Utonagan thrives in a home environment and likes to spend their time with their loved ones.

Training

Training this dog breed is a difficult task as they have a very independent mind. They need a firm and consistent approach to training and this should be done from a young age. Basic obedience training is a must and positive training is important for them to learn. They learn faster when rewarded with a treat or verbal praise. 

Grooming

The Utonagan has a straight coat that needs regular maintenance, especially during the winter months. Their coat should be brushed a minimum of twice a week. Their ears should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of wax and ear infections. Their teeth should also be cleaned every day to prevent dental disease.

Health

The Utonagan is generally a healthy dog breed with a few predisposed health issues such as:

  • Obesity
  • Hip Dysplasia 
  • Patella Luxation
  • Cataracts 

 

Exercise

This dog breed has high energy levels and needs regular exercise twice a day to let off some steam. They're very intelligent and to be truly healthy and well-rounded they need plenty of mental stimulation. The Utonagan requires a minimum of 60 minutes a day of exercise and plenty of time off their lead. 

As with the majority of dog breeds, if they're not exercised enough they are prone to becoming destructive which leads to naughty behaviours. 

Children and other pets

The Utonogan is child-friendly and they get along with children very well. This dog breed is very playful and gentle with children and other household pets provided they are socialised from a young age and trained correctly. 

Playtime should always be supervised no matter how tolerant your dog is. 

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