The Fan Hitch   Volume 16, Number 2, March 2014

          Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog                                    
In This Issue....

From the Editor: Taxonomy

Taxonomy in Relation to the Inuit Dog

Steve’s Solo Journey

In the News

Far Fur Country Progress Report

Digital Indigenous Democracy Comes to the Canadian North

Media Review: Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts

New Printing of Inuit Dog Thesis

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Defining the Inuit Dog

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

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Editor: Sue Hamilton
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New Printing of

The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History

The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History by Canadian Ian Kenneth MacRury was written in 1991 as part of the requirement for completion of his Master of Philosophy in Polar Studies degree from Darwin College, the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. It remains the most comprehensive and sought after scientific publication written about the aboriginal Inuit Dog, Canis familiaris borealis.

The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History covers the prehistoric origins of the Inuit Sled Dog and the environment in which the breed evolved. It explains how the Inuit Dog proved to be essential to the survival of arctic people for four thousand years, well into the mid-twentieth century. This publication examines physical characteristics including the wolf versus dog controversy, historical trends in height and weight, coat color patterns, and the breed's unique behavior and nutritional requirements. It includes sections on the history of the different systems of Inuit Dog use in early exploration and scientific endeavor at both poles as well as the current operation by the Danish government’s Sirius Patrol in North-East Greenland. It presents a wealth of information in the form of many tables and figures, as well as thirty-four bibliography entries and a list of one hundred thirty-eight references. As in the 15th anniversary printing, this subsequent printing also includes nine plates, four in full color.

The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History is privately published by The Fan Hitch, Website and Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog. Professionally printed and spiral bound for easy page turning, it is 8.5 inches x 11.0 inches and seventy pages long.
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