|Barked: Sat Aug 11, '12 9:44pm PST |
|Hello! In the future (a couple of years from now), I am thinking somewhere down the line I would love to get involved with skijoring(is the j pronounced or is it said like a y?), and various other -joring sports. I love to ski in my free time, along with biking, and jogging (obviously depending upon the season).
I have done some research on the sport, and for the pulling to be enjoyed by the skier and dog, the dog would ideally have a drive to pull.
From what I have read, the primary sled dog breeds are the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, and the Samoyed. Obviously, I would not just be getting a dog for the sports, I would want a companion that fits my lifestyle as well. I have always had a soft spot for spitz dogs. Not only do I adore how they look, but I like their independent nature. There are issues I have found with these breeds though- the husky might be too hyper for my liking, and I fear it escaping and running away. I want a dog that can relax when given sufficient exercise. I have read Alaskan Malamutes can be dog aggressive (especially same sex). This is a shame because everything else felt right with the breed. I would like to go to dog parks with my dog, and perhaps get more in the future. Also I am curious why a sled dog would have traits of dog aggression when they work in teams? Lastly, the Samoyed I read can be a bit barky. I was wondering if you guys could give me more information on these breeds, clear misconceptions, or recommend other breeds I might be interested in!
When the time comes, I definitely want an adult dog, because I understand that some dogs just don't have that drive to pull, and frankly, I think I'm done with puppies for a long time- Jax has me puppy'd out. I am thinking about adopting a retired sled dog. These dogs are typically retired around the age of 8. Could these dogs fulfill the needs of a recreational skijorer? Also if a dog at a shelter is known to pull a lot, despite the breed, does that mean it has the potential to pull?
I'm not planning on getting a new dog anytime soon, so this is more like myself getting an idea of what type of dog I would like in the future- mostly speculation!. I just want to round out what I would like in the future.
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