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PostSubject: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyTue Jan 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Nanook is gorgeous first of all, but he is 6 months old and already 23 inches at his withers/shoulders. He is LAZY unless i'm playing with him, and stays right on us if we let him off leash in the front yard. He runs straight to the front door and howls to go in if we let him out of the car without his head collar/leash.

The craziest part is his insane intelligence he knows a ton of tricks, and LOVES fetch ESPECIALLY with his yellow frisbee. And this. He is not destructive AT ALL. He has barely nibbled a wall and thats it. And we can leave a plate of steak on the counter and leave him alone and he wont touch it. He doesnt beg either he eats his food from his bowl and ignores our food and what we are doing.

Is he just a huge smart husky or a malamut husky cross or what? scratch scratch scratch 
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyTue Jan 21, 2014 11:28 pm

Huskies are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Just because they are stubborn and such, they tend to not perform as well as say a German Shepherd. From the look of your picture he looks mostly Husky. Malamutes usually sport a larger skull with ears farther apart than a huskies ears, and they tend to be fluffier (longer hairs help). Malamutes are capable of doubling a typical huskies weight too. Every husky will be unique in the games they prefer and some can be clingy at a young age. I got my husky from a reputable breeder who's been breeding since 1960... and she is the laziest dog ever. She is perfectly content sleeping or laying around all day if she wanted (she isn't even 2 yet). Her siblings are much more energetic. Sometimes people get lucky with the lazy one and sometimes people get the energy/work driven dog. Probably just lucked out with an "easier" husky, no worries
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyTue Jan 21, 2014 11:35 pm

You think maybe he is just a really really big husky then? The vet says he WILL get bigger since he's still a pup. And 23" and 50-some pounds is good sized.

That's only part of it. I have always been told huskies are supposed to be really destructive and food theives, but he's just not. He doesnt steal fresh steak thats right in his face, yet we sit there and feed him scraps from the table. And he only chews his own toys. He's a GOOD dog.
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyTue Jan 21, 2014 11:51 pm

Nah sounds normal on the behavior. Mine never destroys anything or goes for food she knows is not hers, unless it falls to the floor lol. Your husky is big and may end up around the 70lb range. My female dog was 35lbs at 6months and now she is 48lbs at almost 2 years. My neighbor has a male that was 45lb at 6months and I think it is 60lbs now. Some dogs grow at different rates and at different ages. Some may not be done growing until 2 years old while others can be done by the first year with a little filling out to do. Enjoy the good behavior and a big husky lol
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyWed Jan 22, 2014 12:01 am

We had one exactly like this.... way too tall, never counter surfed, never dug, very quiet, never pulled on the leash, never chewed anything, etc. Ironically, he was also red and named Nanook. We called him The UnHusky.
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We call OUR Nanook the unhusky! Irony at it's finest! I'm just glad there's nothing wrong with him! He's gotten so big we had to get him an adult collar today! Also seeing the picture of your white husky is very refreshing, Eresh. Now I know my dogs's body shape is normal too. Very Happy
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Also, just saying, I'm VERY pleased with his size, i was just worried because the AKC site said no more than 63lbs and 23in at the shoulder.

We wanted a BIG dog that's why we got a Husky.

Very Happy what I didn't expect was to have a frisbee buddy. He's so much fun!
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyWed Jan 22, 2014 10:05 am

Keep in mind, you haven't hit the teen phase yet. So... his behavior may change. If not, you are really lucky! In terms of his appearance, I'd have to see more pix to really have a good idea what I think, but from what I can tell, he just looks like a huge husky. The only way to know for sure is to DNA test.
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PostSubject: Re: I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?!   I am starting to think my dog Nanook isn't a purebred husky?! EmptyWed Jan 22, 2014 10:08 am

Also, is he neutered?
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No he isn't neutered. We arent neutering him either. We want to breed him. Also today we took him for an off leash romp in the park and before hand he got weighed. He's up to 55lbs.

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https://2img.net/h/oi43.tinypic.com/opo7ep.jpg


I realize his legs look short lol I was above him.
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also to clarify, he is LONG past any "teen phase" he went through that when his adult teeth were coming in. It's over now.
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The phase when their adult teeth are coming in is just a warm up for the teen phase, which starts around 8-10 months and lasts until 18-24 months (on average). Hopefully his teen phase will go smoothly, since he's so mellow now.
Thanks for the compliment on Luci (the white one in my signature), though I wouldn't call her body shape 'normal' for a husky. Wink
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Ha! Seriously? He isn't even near over the teen phase!
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My boy is almost exactly the same as yours. The only difference is that he won't fetch more than 2 or 3 times. After that he usually take the ball further from me then drops it. He then give me a look that means : Why don't YOU fetch it now stupid human.

If he's anything like mine your teen phase won't be so bad. May just require you to be a bit firmer in your training. He's 3 years old now and he is really mellow, plays with cats, is a teddy bear with kids and hangs with any kind of dog from 4 pound chihuahua to my buddie's 170 pounds caucasian shepperd.

He weighs 75 pounds and is 27 inches tall at the shoulders. Nothing wrong with Nanook.
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Sorry for my snarkiness last night ha ha. It really did make me smile though when I read that you think he's passed the teen phase, you might get lucky and have an east time during that phase, but it's still coming. Just because he has his adult teeth, doesn't mean he is an adult. 14 year old humans have all of their adult teeth, but are still adolescents and still have a long way for that to pass. 18 months to 2 years is more accurate in terms of both physical and mental development to be considered a fully developed adult.
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Im not trying to be rude, but i would do a ton of research before you consider breeding him. Does he have AKC papers?
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There are a few sticky threads on breeding on this site. It is not recommended and personally it sounds like a terrible idea for the inexperienced. Why would you even consider breeding anyways?
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All my Nala does is sleep since my fiance and I arent home all day and when we get home she still sleeps but when people come over or she is outside on a walk at the park etc, she is the most playful puppy ever and she will be turning 2 in March, granted she does beg and she is quite small she probably only weighs around 40 lbs and shes short but she is full bred siberian husky. i think each sibe is different in their own way!
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@ShadeTheWolf94 wrote:
No he isn't neutered. We arent neutering him either. We want to breed him.

Im sorry but im not going to be nice right now. WHY THE HELL DO YOU THINK BREEDING HIM IS A GOOD IDEA? your stating here that you don't think he is pure husky, its clear he is not going to be breed standard and will be to tall, you have NO papers on him, and the world does not need any more puppies when so many are in the shelters and we have professional breeders that do everything right that are the ones that should be breeding. Also you are NO WHERE near the teen age phase of a husky.
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Well dang.
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His parents are AKC. I am NOT saying I think he is part malamute I was just asking if it was a possibility such as a grandparent or something. Whether my VERY experienced family wants to breed two registered AKC dogs is NONE of your buisness jbealer.
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Bringing your business onto a public forum will get you opinions. Breeding is a hot button subject, if you can't handle it- you're in the wrong place. The second you make it public it becomes anyone's business.

From the size description and pictures you have posted your dog does not fall into the breed standard set forth by our breeds club. There are enough puppies in the world which are bred out of standard and as such usually have health issues lurking and trailing behind them as well. ANYONE who breeds should not do so on a whim or simply because the dog is "AKC" regardless of any experience.

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Even if it was a grand parent that was a mal, that would still mean he's not pure husky. It doesn't matter what the papers say, papers don't mean a dog should be bred. I'm definitely not anti-breeder, I got my puppy from a breeder, but to be a responsible, reputable breeder there are certain things anyone should do. Having a dog that is within the breed standard is the price of entry. Before DNA people breeding used the standards to define and identify if a dog was a purebred and worth breeding. Even the most famous dog in our breed's history (Balto) was never bred. Seppela didn't think he was good enough and neutered the dog.

I'm not saying your dog is not beautiful or doesn't have a good temperament (it sounds like he has a great temperament), all I'm saying is that those two things alone are not what makes a husky. If you do decide to breed, please, at the very least get his hips xrayed and evaluated by the ofa. With his size it is more of a possibility he may have hip problems. Of course, he might be perfectly healthy, but it is your responsibility to future puppies and puppy owners to make sure. A normal vet exam is not enough and won't reveal hip problems.

I don't think you're a terrible person for wanting to breed, but I think you need to study the breed standard and take a critical, unbiased look at your dog and how is compares. It sounds like you have already made up your mind but I would encourage you to keep and open mind, and at the very least find someone who has been in the Siberian breed for a long time to help you. I know you have said you are very experienced and I don't discount that at all. If that is the case, you will not have a problem evaluating your dog in terms of the breed standard.
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