Utonagan Dog


Utonagan Characteristics: The Spirited and Outgoing Utonagan is a breed of large dog is a Hybrid / Mix crossbreed, bred from a Siberian Husky / German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute. The Utonagan, is characterized by its majestic, athletic, wolf-like appearance with an affable and amenable expression. This "designer dog" hybrid breed exhibits the combination of characteristics, and a temperament mix, associated with the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky and German Shepherd. The goal of crossing the breeds was to create 'Ute' puppies that incorporated the obedience, devotion, steady temperament and trainability of the German Shepherd with the spitz-like qualities, athleticism and appearance of the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky.

The temperament of the Utonagan can be described as Sociable, calm, alert. The coat type of the Utonagan is described as varied coat type depending on hereditary traits in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Utonagan demonstrated the desired traits of a Companion and Pet dog and is known by its nick name the "Ute". The origin of the Utonagan dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the 1980's.

Fast Facts about the Utonagan: The following facts provide fast information about the Utonagan breed. Size: Large *** Breed Group: Hybrid / Mix: Siberian Husky / German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute *** Nick name: "Ute" *** Origin: United States *** Male Height: 23-30 inches *** Female Height: Slightly Less *** Male Weight: 55-90 lbs *** Female Weight: Slightly Less *** Coat Type: varied coat type depending on hereditary traits *** Coat Colors: assorted colors *** Litter Size: 3 to 5 puppies  *** Health Problems: Inherited, genetic *** Lifespan: 10 to 13 years *** Hypoallergenic: No

Utonagan Dog Type - Hybrid / Mix (Unrecognised as a breed): Siberian Husky / German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute: The Utonagan is one of the many types of dogs described as a Hybrid / Mix, bred from the Siberian Husky / German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute.

Other names for the Utonagan: The Utonagan is known by the nickname of the "Ute". Other names for this breed of dog include the Ute and Twatha. Utonagan meaning "Spirit of the Wolf".

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Utonagan" is said to come from a Chinook legend called the "Spirit of the Wolf". We are unable to confirm this origin but as the breed has a 'wolf-like' appearance it would seem reasonable that a Native American word for wolf might be included as part of the breed's name. The nearest we can get to this association is the Algonquin word for wolf which is 'Mahnagan'. The Algonquin tribe inhabited parts of northern Canada, home of the Sub-Artic and Arctic Native Americans.  

Utonagan History and Origin: The country of origin of the Utonagan breed was in United States during the 1980's when the popularity of hybrid dogs increased. The objective of the dog breeders was to produce a large dog breed that resembled the wild grey wolf, using its domesticated founding lines, the Siberian Husky, German Shepherd and Alaskan Malamute, had no direct wolf content. The original dogs were bred by Edwina Harrison and sold in 1987 as 'Harrison Wolfdogs' but the name proved unpopular with a nervous public and the name was changed to the Utonagan to differentiate the breed from the similar 'wolf-like' Northern Inuit Dog which was being cross bred with the Canadian Eskimo Dog and the Labrador Husky.

As the Utonagan gained in popularity  so did the Northern Inuit Dog due to its portrayal of the fictitious "Dire Wolf" in the 'Game of Thrones' series. The calm, friendly and clever Utonagan breed is easy to train gets along well with other pets and is often described as very intelligent and easy to train, which makes the utonagan a good choice for families who are looking for a large, unusual dog.

Utonagan Height: The Utonagan breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 23-30 inches. The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Utonagan Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 55-90 lbs. The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Utonagan Coat Type: The coat type is of the Utonagan has a varied coat type depending on hereditary traits.

Utonagan Coat Colors: The colors of the Utonagan dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, White and Grizzle. N.B. The word 'Grizzle' refers to gray or partly gray colored hair..

Utonagan Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Utonagan is dependent on the type of coat it has inherited from its parents, either the Siberian Husky, the German Shepherd or the Alaskan Malamute. The Siberian Husky has moderate grooming requirements, the German Shepherd  has low grooming requirements and the Alaskan Malamute has low grooming needs. The grooming needs and requirements should include bathing the Utonagan on a monthly basis and making regular checks of the teeth, nails, eyes and ears.  

Utonagan Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 3 to 5 puppies. Utonagan puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Utonagan puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Utonagan Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the unusual Utonagan dog breed is described as spirited, sociable, calm, alert and outgoing.

Utonagan Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Utonagan requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large dog has a determined, steady, robust gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.

Utonagan Diet: A fully grown Utonagan should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Utonagan Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Utonagan breed have not yet been fully established, but there is the possibility of inherited, genetic health issues. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Utonagan dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Utonagan Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Utonagan breed is 10 to 13 years.

Utonagan Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Utonagan breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Utonagan names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Our top male Utonagan dog names are:  Duke *** Bentley *** Oliver *** Cooper *** Rocky *** Leo *** Henry *** Jasper *** Gizmo *** Winston *** Harley.

Utonagan Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Utonagan girl dog. Our top choice of good female Utonagan names are Princess *** Dixie *** Stella *** Penny *** Maggie *** Sadie *** Chloe *** Daisy *** Molly *** Ruby *** Gracie *** Angel.

Fast Facts about the Utonagan: The following facts provide fast information about the Utonagan . Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris *** Dog Type: Hybrid / Mix: Siberian Husky / German Shepherd / Alaskan Malamute *** Size: Large *** Country of Origin: United States *** Utonagan History / Date: 1980's *** Male Utonagan Height: 23-30 inches *** Male Utonagan Weight: 55-90 lbs *** Coat Type: varied coat type depending on hereditary traits *** Utonagan Litter Size: 3 to 5 puppies  *** Utonagan Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, thyroid, and joint problems *** Utonagan Lifespan: 10 to 13 years ***

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