It seems that every time a season of Game of Thrones starts or finishes, I get tons of emails regarding my dog. Once upon a time, I was able to give each and every one of the emails a thoughtful response as to why I no longer support this breed. Which was actually explained on my site, but people don't seem to read and just email me with "where can I buy them" questions.
You have to do the research yourself and decide if the hundreds of dollars are worth a mixed breed dog whose traits may or may not reflect what you imagine. They sound like the perfect dog, because that's how they are advertised. But do you know who the perfect dog is? A stuffed toy. Any live pet is going to require work, training, and socialization, and even then it's a gamble as to what their personality is going to be.
My recommendation for everyone is that if you want a mixed breed dog that resembles a wolf, try searching petfinder.com for any combination of shepherd, malamute, or husky mix. Your argument may be that a rescue is not going to be as easy, or show the traits that you think the Northern Inuit will have. But I have fostered over 10 malamute/mixes, and many of them were as easy, or easier, than my Northern Inuit. Rescue dogs deserve a chance to prove themselves. You will have the added bonus of not spending $1000+ on a idea, and you can meet many before you decide on which dog will fit best into your lifestyle.
If you are still delusional and obsessed with getting a breed that looks like a wolf, maybe consider looking into a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. Their support of the American members is something to be envied and the breed is registerable with the AKC's FSS program, which means that they are allowed to compete in all sports (except conformation) without proof of the dog's neuter/spay. Also, they have complete and accurate documentation of every dog used to create the breed. All of the CSV in the United States are beyond F5 mating (from the wolf used to start the breed) which means that they are legal in most states. They all breed to type and they have a steady temperament. Here is their forum, and they will happily answer any and all of your questions: http://www.wolfdog.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=7&langid=1
I wish you the best of luck.
It may be a little late in the year, but I just noticed that my little girl got the highest ranking in the Puppy National Rankings for APDT Rally with a score of 184. A BIG Way To Go for Lupa!!