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

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The Inuit Sled Dog International organization has for its goal the preservation of the Inuit dog in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI concentrates its effort on restoring the Inuit dog to its native habitat and disseminating information about this ancient breed. 


A thumbnail history of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation and Bill Carpenter

Extract from The Inuit Dog of the Polar North by Genevieve Montcombroux

In 1972, government biologist William (Bill Carpenter) and John McGrath (passed away February 6, 2013), an economic development officer for the Northwest Territories government, initiated the "Eskimo Dog Project", which Bill implemented with the creation of The Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation.

This short history is a reference to avoid confusion arising from Wikipedia Encyclopedia where an individual has usurped Bill Carpenter's work and claimed it for himself.

My dear friend, the late Kevin Walton, edited a collection of stories and photos about the British Antarctic Survey(BAS) for the book Of Dogs and Men. Many stories and pictures didn't make it into the book but they were just as good and relevant. Kevin gathered them in a simply bound book for each of the BAS members and one for me. 
     It is time that I share this "book that wasn't". There will be a new part every two months. Because this book is a photocopy of the original documents and photos - done prior to digital cameras and advanced photocopiers - some pages are not as clear as I'd wish. Wherever I own an original, I inserted it. 
    I hope you can still read and enjoy this "book that wasn't".

For your interest, there is another site about Canadian Inuit Dogs. Follow the link to Facebook and meet people who have different ideas and motivations, but are all lovers of the one and only qimmiq, whether it is called Inuit Dog or Eskimo Dog. Of course, in my opinion it should only have the one name the Inuit themselvves chose, i.e. Canadian Inuit Dog.
For your interest:
A site about Inuit Dogs
qimmituinnaq on facebook
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Initially, Bill and John bought some dogs sight unseen with disastrous results. Those dogs were disposed of. Thereafter, Bill only trusted his own eyes and with John, traveled as far as Holamn Island, and Paulatuk in the west (where no phenotypically pure dogs were found), and the east coast of Baffin Island. The dogs they selected in person were phenotypically pure.

   Bill and John consulted Inuit elders from the Inummari Cultural Society of the Baffin Region and studied old photographs to gain a better understanding of the original Inuit dog. Bill also read scientific papers from various polar researchers and the old CKC breed standard.

The Inuit Dog of the Polar North is the third revised and expanded edition of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada's Heritage.
There have been many technological developments that enable scientists and researchers to pinpoint the origins of the Inuit Dog. Advances in DNA analysis have definitely determined who's who in the dog world.
Genevieve Montcombroux has gathered all available information and distilled it in the most readable manner in this book.
With a forward by reknown explorer and dogsledding outfitter, Paul Schurke, the book emphasizes the role of the Inuit dog in the life and survival of the inhabitants of the polar regions. 
Chapters cover the history of the Inuit dog, its development, character and use in expeditions, as well as home-prepared dog food recipes. The work contains an extensive bibliography and forms a valuable resource for anyone who owns or simply loves this amazing dog, a dog that faced extinction in the 1970s, after surviving several millenia in one of the harshest climates on earth.
Besides much new material, the book also contains many hitherto unpublished photographs.

Additional material and pictures will be added to this website. Please check back .

Readers are now familiar with many pictures and websites of so called Northern Inuit dogs. Just a reminder that those dogs and their organizations, which wrongfully use the term Inuit dog, term that belong to the Nunavut Territory Government, have nothing to do   with the Canadian and Greenland Inuit dog, the one and only dog that lived and worked  with the Inuit people of the circumpolar regions and opened the Arctic and Antarctic to exploration and science

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Tim Socha, Switzerland
TPC Scotland Ltd