Splitting The Breed
Working Lines? Show Lines? The perpetual argument that we've all but been beaten into submission to accept. We've heard it and seen it so often. "Working lines" used as a catch all for seemingly all lean, lanky, fine boned, poorly coated, awkwardly proportioned Siberians posted in a multitude of groups....where anything with a denser coat, heavy, short legged beast is labeled as a 'show line' Siberian. Leading to a massive split in the breed. Neither of these dogs fit what the Siberian husky should be.
What happened to the Correct Siberian? The one who meets his breed standard in form AND function? When we think of the Siberian Husky the image that comes to mind should be that of a capable working dog. A lean athlete. Nordic features to suggest him a survivalist in even the most extreme of temperatures. Balanced and efficient. Bred to haul light loads, at a moderate pace, over great distances. Never so fine as to suggest him incapable of doing his job, nor so coarse as to suggest a freighting animal. A dog that fits these ideals should be capable of his job as well as do well in the ring. After all we are supposed to be presenting the best of breeding stock- how can one justify producing a dog only capable of meeting half of the breeds potential?
I'm choosing for example 4 dogs from different lines- All 4 have had special places in their respective kennels. Meeting both form and function- Though from different breeding programs, overall, not that drastically dissimilar.
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Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.