|Barked: Tue Nov 19, '13 11:28am PST |
|As others have said, there is more to a breeder than working/show, but I don't think that's really the point here. For the sake of discussion, I'm assuming both breeders are absolutely equal in terms of health testing, contracts, etc. The only difference is one breeds for conformation showing, the other breeds to the dog's working ability.
As far as Huskies go, there's definitely a split, but it's not as huge a split as some breeds. The biggest issue with a working line Siberian, is many serious mushers don't use them. There are lines of sprint, mid-distance, and long-distance racers that are mixes of Husky-types, Pointers, sight hounds, and more. There are Siberians in the racing world, but at this time they are a minority next to Alaskan Huskies, Eurohounds and the like.
Outcrossing to other breeds brought desired traits into specific types of sled dog faster than breeding generation after generation of pure Siberian until the desired traits were brought out.
As far as actual show vs working Siberians go, the split has more to do with overall drive to work than appearance. As far as physical build goes, a working Sibe can typically enter a show ring without being laughed out, and a show Sibe should be completely able to pull and pull well. But working Sibes tend to be more active, more driven, and more aloof than their confirmation-only counterparts. (Remember this is RELATIVE... Most Sibes of any linage are active, aloof, driven dogs. You can not get a show line Sibe and have a pretty cuddly low-maintenance house pet.)
Interestingly coat patterns can differ quite a bit between show and working lines. Agouti Sibes are most commonly found in racing lines, for instance. Patchy, "splash" and piebald dogs seem to be more common as well. Black and tan dogs appear almost exclusively in racing lines, to the tune of some controversy. Since there is no color standard for a Sibe, it does not mean they can't still enter the show ring.
As far as which is better... How much time do you want to spend running with your dog?
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