Right so, this is going to be a long one and I'm new to threads to apologies for any issues there. I don't want any arguments or who's right /wrong etc all I want is reliable information. My partner and myself were looking for a Northern Inuit to join our family (and possibly become a registered reputable breeder if hip,eye,dm tests were very good/clear AND if we were financially able to I.e pay for food ,toys, bedding, whelping box,worming,have the time to do it properly etc). We currently have a German Shepherd who is a year and a half, so we are used to having a large dog and "big dog play". My boyfriend really likes malamutes but Im not so keen as they can't be off lead and have high drive and I have friends who's husky killed half a dozen sheep and I don't think I could live with myself if that happened to me. So we started looking up similar breeds with lower drive and off lead ability and came across the northern Inuit which we both fell in love with. Aswell as others, tamaskan, brittish timber dog, utonagen. I have been doing alot of digging and research into the breed and have been following alot of UK NI registered breeders, have even met one and some of her pack - she's lovely. However from pure observation I can see that one breeder (not the one I met) has been having ALOT of litters, I am aware she has lots of NI'S (over 7). I've noticed she's used one stud prominently. Not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation. I've also been following a few forums recently and noticed alot of varying opinions on the breed, (mainly the latter of the two) very friendly and can be let of the lead vs wary of strangers, dislikes other dogs, uncontrollable prey drive and can't be let of the lead. I know that somewhere in the middle is probably the reality however It can't help but make me think: isn't temperament and health the forefront of the breeding program? Another thing that I noticed in some of the forums were the unavailability of papers and the inability to trace original blood. Which made me question inbreeding, grandfather to Dam, or uncles and cousins etc not parent to children or just lack of information on the website. I don't want to go to every breeder and say "can I see some of your papers before I buy a puppy" however isn't the saying, "a good breeder has nothing to hide." the brittish timber dog, another option for us has a society too which clearly states that they regularly introduce fresh bloodlines to the breed for health and temperment, however I'm not seeing fresh bloodline introduction "shouted about" on the NI society page, which brings up a few questions at the back of my head, like 10 years down the line when the originals pass away how can you maintain a healthy wide gene pool? How do you introduce fresh bloodlines? considering the NI isn't actually an original breed. there was a recent post about a few dogs with DM and they had a common denominator - they were stock from a particular breeder. Although these dogs that had dm were alot older, 9+ so this dm issue couod be eradicated. Yes we are doing alot of research and I know I'm probably over looking into things but we are trying to find the right breeder/dog for us but I just want to be sure of what I'm getting, I also want to be part of a large welcoming friendly society not a cliquey judgemental group. I'm also aware that there is some leeway in terms of temperments and behaviour however I don't want a dog that can't socialise/be let of the lead etc. We are 100% socialising pup from when we get him/her home and will be going to training classes which we have done/do with our current dog. I have seen owners that have done this yet still end up with a dog that doesn't enjoy other dogs company / shows aggression. So my questions are: For pet owners: can you freely let your nitwit off the lead? Are they friendly with stable temperments? How did you find training? Breeders: why do you breed? What do you feel is the most important of the ethics? Do you breed from dogs if they have a high hip score?, or if a dog fails the eye test for example? Do you test all your dogs for dm? Do you vet potential owners? What attracted you to the NI? "Breeders will agree without reservation not to perform an operation that alters the natural conformation of any dog." What's the reason for removing dew claws? Thank you for reading this long post, apologies for any insult caused that was far from the intention! My partner and I are absolutely in love with the breed we are just being very thorough with this.