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The guy who owns Image's mother, Fleo, is getting out of Siberians and into Alaskans and is selling off a good portion of his kennel. Opportunities to buy a young adult with a lot of sled time from lines you like don't come along all that often, so on Monday I drove up to Quebec to see a man about a dog.
I had the best time. I got to meet Fleo, who's well-known for throwing large, consistent litters, some other dogs I know by reputation, and a bunch of Image's half-siblings. So that I could see the dogs move we took four at a time out on the trail, off-lead, to run with an ATV. That was about as much fun as I've had since winter, anyway, and the dogs were great. I ended up bringing home TWD's Cinder, a 3-year-old who's Image's half-sister. She's fast and muscular and has a terrific personality (the notorious Siberian Lap Husky).She's never been in a house before so things like the staircase were a challenge, but when I picked up the rest of the pack this morning she followed them up and down the stairs and got it figured out. She wasn't sure what to make of the cats but Moby George got her off on the right foot. I think dogs take one look at George and think "I'll eat nearly anything but that really is just too gross." Things are starting off well with the other dogs, too, but I find it takes a couple of weeks before a new dog settles in and issues start to surface.

The funniest thing is that she's drawn to the full-length mirror in my bedroom. She keeps running over to look in it, and this morning when I let her out of her crate she made a beeline for the mirror.

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She's purty!!
Now a question from someone who doesn't know Sibes. Is it normal for her to be that skinny??
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so on Monday I drove up to Quebec to see a man about a dog.

Where in Quebec did you end up??
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She's purty!! Now a question from someone who doesn't know Sibes. Is it normal for her to be that skinny??

She doesn't look that skinny to me. Maybe a tich underweight, but not much, especially for an athlete. I don't know a thing about racing Siberians, but my bet is the good ones would be built like marathon runners thin, sinewy. In contrast, my dobes have bunched muscle because they're more sprinters than marathoners.
She doesn't look that skinny to me. Maybe a tich underweight, but not much, especially for an athlete. I don't ... would be built like marathon runners thin, sinewy. In contrast, my dobes have bunched muscle because they're more sprinters than marathoners.

Exactly - these are dogs who do races of at least 30 miles in length, and often 250 miles, trotting most of the way rather than loping. Compounding it is that this line of dogs (and related lines) are particularly leggy and are built nothing like the typical show/pet Siberians. Image is somewhat chestier but otherwise their build is remarkably similar, particularly through the hind end.

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Exactly - these are dogs who do races of at least 30 miles in length, and often 250 miles, trotting ... the typical show/pet Siberians. Image is somewhat chestier but otherwise their build is remarkably similar, particularly through the hind end.

Cool. Thanks. For some reason I alwys had an image of sibes as being bigger around the waist. Then again, it may just be that the ones I have seen at the dog park are fat.
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Exactly - these are dogs who do races of at ... their build is remarkably similar, particularly through the hind end.

Cool. Thanks. For some reason I alwys had an image of sibes as being bigger around the waist. Then again, it may just be that the ones I have seen at the dog park are fat.

You've probably seen show or pet bred Sibes, not working bred Sibes. Melinda has dogs that actually do the job.
You've probably seen show or pet bred Sibes, not working bred Sibes.

It occurred to me that heavier coats in non-working Siberians can mask their outline, as well, and make them look beefier. Working-type Sibes have lighter coats, sometimes much lighter.

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You've probably seen show or pet bred Sibes, not working bred Sibes.

It occurred to me that heavier coats in non-working Siberians can mask their outline, as well, and make them look beefier. Working-type Sibes have lighter coats, sometimes much lighter.

Honestly, I don't think so. At least not as someone who has seen a lot of show Sibes. They're much heavier in bone, deeper chested, more cobby. I actually think of them as gorgeous dogs and especially like the reds but I wouldn't own one. Emotion: smile
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