Table of Contents
Raising Sled Dogs
The Good, the Bad and the ‘Eskimo’ Dog
The Russian Connection
Honoured Symbol Under Fire
Iqaluit Team Owner Speaks Out
Niels Pedersen, D.V.M:
Challenging Folk Remedies
Maintaining the ISD Roots
Portrait of Antarctica
First Hand Account:
Exploration of Antarctica
Dog Ownership in Modern Society
Baking: Carnivore Brownies
Silent and Induced Heat
ISDI Summit Postponed
Memorable Inuit Dog Encounters
Vercors nursing Montcombroux photo
Page from the Behaviour Notebook:
by Geneviève Montcombroux
Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. The following observations have been made as accurately as humanly possible in my kennel.
February: Yannamiq comes in heat. A few days before the receptive cycle, she comes into the house pen. Twelve-year-old Arnavik grumbles. The two bitches are kept apart. Three days later, Arnavik comes in heat. She had no heat the previous year.
May: Two young females are visiting and stay in an
outdoor pen. They are in heat and since we don't want a
mating accident they are given a contraceptive pill.
Cousteau, the male and boss next door, keeps clawing at
the fence. Norsuak, Cousteau's 10-month-old son, looks on
but does not come too close to his father. Vercors had
pups in September, and came in heat in February. Three
days after taking the pill, the visiting females show no
more sign of heat. One morning, Cousteau drops his vigil
of them, walks over to Vercors and mounts her. They tie.
Norsuak is very interested, prances around the pair and
sniffs them. Although she was not scheduled to be bred
until next year, I decided against abortion because of the
possible complications. There were absolutely no
signs that she was coming in heat, neither visual nor
behavioral on her part or from the two males in her pen.
Editor's note: In the 20 or so years we
maintained intact Alaskan malamutes of both sexes, we
had maybe three accidental breedings. Within six
months of our owning Inuit Dogs we had one. Since
1996 we have heard of about a half dozen other "surprise
ties", all occurring in kennels where the owners were
being very careful in trying to anticipate the onset of
estrus and to be ready to isolate cycling bitches.
I have come to the conclusion that the sneakiness of
Inuit Sled Dogs extends into the realm of sex.
ISDI would love to receive more contributions on this
issue to add to the sexual behaviour profile of this