1) firstly NIs are gorgeous dogs, and you all of beautiful fur babies They are... but they are so different.. there is no consistency. 2) do NIs like to live with other dogs like huskys n mals seem to do? (i ask this because you all have more than one ) i mean do they do better with another companion than on their own? My two keep each other occupied.. as in playing rough etc. They tend to leave my little dog alone.. but i would never leave all three together alone.. just in case. Sadly mine HATE other dogs.. so walking near anyone else is impossible. 3) im guessing that NIs arent for a novice owner? correct me if im wrong.. They are strong, clingy.. lots have separation issues.. and can be very destructive (especially in the garden).. so experience of owning easier dogs is a good start. 4) The NI arent KC reg but will they be in the future? how long does it take for a breed to be recognised? I do not believe this will ever happen.. the KC have already stated.. the record keeping is abysmal (we all know how many pedigrees have been fabricated) and the level of inbreeding is dire.. which has led to many inherited health problems.. such as epilepsy, addisons disease, von willibrands, HD and many young dogs dying for no apparent reason.The KC have also stated that they will not even look at the possibility in the future until all the clubs/societies pull together and move forward.. we all know that aint ever going to happen. 5) how are they to look after maintence wise? are the a particularly healthy breed? do they shed alot or "blow coats" as at the minute im guessing they are similar to other northern breeds?(again correct me if im wrong) Mine shed 24/7 365 a year... but it`s far worse in early summer and early winter. Regarding health issues.. see above. 6) how are they with other animals, e.g. small animals cats, rabbits etc. and livestock? Mine would chase and kill in an instant.. especially cats :-( 7) how long have the NI been around, i can remember hearing about them years ago, because my uncle first saw one and said he wanted one and i must of only been littlish The earlier ones were called wolf hybrids.. i`ve seen pedigrees issued by Julie Kelham under the guise of the Wolf Hybrid Society from the early 90's.. which later went on to be the The Northern Inuit Society.. after legal implications arose due to the legality of owning wolf hybrids. As i`ve said there is no consistency.. in look, temperament or behaviour.. mine both went to puppy classes.. were socialized vigorously as pups.. but still have behavioural issues. I know mine are not isolated incidents either.