|Do you love the beauty of this breed?|
|Have you ever thought about breeding your pet Siberian to sell the puppies?|
|Please read on...|
First, is this a new career? Then treat it as one, and take the next 5 years to study all aspects of Siberians.
Learn what it takes to make a good show dog, because that's where dogs have to prove their worth in both physical and mental soundness, plus have to look like good representatives of the breed.
Learn what it takes to make a good running dog, because that's where the "rubber meets the road" as far as whether this breed can perform its function, and still remain the fun and loveable dogs we enjoy.
Learn about the many hereditary problems we have in Siberians, and how to avoid them.
You need to study hereditary eye problems, including juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and retinal atrophy, which causes blindness.
You need to study hip dysplasia, the crippling disease mainly seen in poor lines of Siberians.
You need to study hereditary epilepsy, because we have a growing problem with that in Siberians.
You need to study von Wilebrands disease, a blood disorder that can cause death.
You need to study liver shunts and insufficient pancreatic activity, the major causes of digestive problems in Siberians.
You need to understand thyroid problems, a major cause of skin, coat and reproductive disorders in Siberians.
You also need to know that in many lines, cesarean sections are becoming almost routine due to the increased occurrence of uterine inertia.
You need to understand that not all of these problems need to be occurring in our breed.
You need to explore the costs of testing ALL of your animals BEFORE they're bred for these and whatever other problems crop up in the future.
And you need to get involved in a local Siberian Husky club, to meet people and expand your knowledge of the breed.
Few people who get "into" Siberians with the dream of breeding stay "in" Siberians much past 5 years. The learning assignment given you is daunting, but necessary if you want to do this right.
Work with Siberian rescue for at least a year.
See what happens to these poor dogs whose only crime was to be born into a household that only wants to make money from the dogs.
The above item was written by Sandy Carmen, owner of Kachme Kennels (where in the last 7 years there have only been two litters) and a member of the Sibernet-l email discussion group. Please join us to discuss all aspects of living with a member of the Siberian Husky breed.
For additional sites related to Siberian Huskies, I suggest the links page of Barkarian Kennels and/or the Working Dog Web page.