The Inuit dog’s (qimmiq in Inuktitut) scientific name is Canis familiaris borealis. In the spring 2001, the Nunavut government officially adopted the name “Canadian Inuit Dog” to designate the qimmiq and adopted it as the mammal emblem of the new territory.
The Inuit Sled Dog International(ISDI) encompasses the Canadian, the Greenland and the Russian Inuit dog (of which some pure specimens remain in Russia’s interior). The term Canadian Eskimo dog refers to dogs registered, or registrable, with the Canadian Kennel Club(CKC) or the British Kennel Club.
The ISDI is the online network dedicated to preserving the Inuit dog and restoring viable numbers of purebred Inuit dogs. It is a reliable source of information about the Inuit dog. It maintains a registry, which is not associated with any kennel club, to keep track of as many purebred Inuit dogs as possible.
The ISDI has sponsored the donation of The Canadian Inuit Dog: Canada’s Heritage, 2nd edition, to communities in Nunavut and Nunavik. The 2nd edition is now replaced by a 3rd edition titled The Inuit Dog of the Polar North.
A brief history: In the mid-1980s Bill Carpenter was winding down the Canadian Eskimo Dog Research Foundation. The prevailing opinion at the time was that the CKC was the way to maintain this unique dog of ancient lineage. In 1986, Genevieve Montcombroux broke away from the Canadian Eskimo Dog Association to form the Friends of the Inuit Dog, a loose association of like-minded mushers linked by a newsletter. Upon meeting Sue Hamilton in 1997, the Friends of the Inuit Dog became The Inuit Sled Dog International. Sue took over the newsletter, renamed The Fan Hitch. In December 2011, Ms Hamilton unilaterally ended the collaboration. The ISDI remains under the direction of Genevieve Montcombroux.