[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Iditarod

  • From: Edwin Hill <edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cinosamgsd@xxxxxxxxx, freelist <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:03:23 -0700 (PDT)

  My comments in no way are putting down pure breed dogs ( I own two), even 
though I do have concerns about the gene pool of pure bred GSDs, more on that 
in another post...pure bred Huskies and Malamutes are great sled dogs, and were 
bred to pull weights in cold climates and they are very good at it...the sport 
of running the Iditarod is MAN MADE...and the sport of conformation...is also 
MAN MADE...the mushers are breeding dogs for stamina and speed to win the 
race....most AKC conformation breeders (myself included) are breeding dogs for 
ego, fame, money, to win a BLUE RIBBON....to improve the breed?"...I gage every 
time I hear that one!...and I'm not saying that folks don't want to breed 
healthy dogs, but they too often hide behind that statement....correct me if 
I'm wrong, but ALL AKC BREEDS are MAN MADE!...oh yeah...the winner of the race 
gets 70 grand and a pickup truck...they have a few sponsors, but mainly 
according to the musher I spoke with,
 they do it for the sport of doing it...Ed Hill
--- On Mon, 7/6/09, Cinosam GSD <cinosamgsd@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Cinosam GSD <cinosamgsd@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Iditarod
To: "freelist" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 8:37 AM

Ahhhh once again the purebred dog comes under fire.   Let's face it....at the 
level of the IIditorad the mushers are looking for super athletes...promoting a 
breed type is irrelevant.   The original dogs that ran the Iditorad were 
purebred Siberian Huskys which were and are bred for endurance...not speed.   
It is also one of the healthiest purebred dogs out there with lifespans upwards 
of 15 years old.    The Iditarod is a manmade event....the winners get tens of 
thousands of dollars in prize money and endorsements and winning is 
everything.....these mushers would breed to a cheetah if it was genetically 
possible...This isn't a criticism of them.....they have a goal...and they are 
doing whatever it takes to meet that goal.   Promoting a certain "type" of dog 
is not one of them.
 
Most purebred husky dog breeds were bred for a job......winning the Iditarod 
was not one of them.
 
Incidently....there are plenty of purest Sib breeders that do run the Iditorod 
successfully...they just finish somewhere near the bottom so you never hear 
about them....they get there.....at the nice steady pace of a working dog.
 
All that said, I'm outrageously jealous of your experience. :o)
Cindy 
www.cinosamgsd.com

--- On Mon, 7/6/09, Edwin Hill <edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


From: Edwin Hill <edwinx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ SHOWGSD-L ] Iditarod
To: "freelist" <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Monday, July 6, 2009, 10:12 AM


I meet 35 of the most incredible dogs (16 of whom pulled my fat behind on a 
sled) in Alaska last week. I talked to the "MUSHER" who owned the dogs and came 
in third place in last year's March race...1100 miles in 9 days in temperatures 
between 20 and 40 degrees BELOW ZERO!...they don't use pure breed dogs, 
although the base breeds are Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, they are 
mixed with Labs, Retrievers, Greyhounds, and yes German Shepherd Dogs.....this 
musher stated ( and I forgot his name) that there were just too many health and 
stamina issues with running pure bred dogs in the race. The increased gene pool 
of other breeds made for a faster, stronger healthier over all Iditarod 
racer...he called the mix breeds "Alaskan Huskies"...he went over all the 
details of the race and how the dogs are all vet checked at certain check 
points in the race, most Iditarod teams do not finish the race with the 16 dogs 
that start the race. If a vet believes that a
dog should not or can not finish the race the dog is pulled from the team and 
driven to the women's prison and cared for by inmates until the Musher can made 
arrangements to go get his dog or have the dog shipped back to him.It's a 
grueling brutal race...he told us stories that would make your skin curl!..His 
dogs eat raw and kibble during the race and in the OFF season. The dogs I saw 
looked healthy happy and for the most part well adjusted and friendly...My 
favorite dog was a bitch named Hurley!...he bred her just before the March race 
this year , ran her in the race, she finished the whole race with the team, and 
on May 2 she had 4 happy healthy babies, last Thursday I got to play with them. 
This so-called man's best friend has served us far better than we have served 
him...more to come..Ed Hill


      

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