The Genuine Arctic Siberian husky AssociationWelcome!

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Genuine Arctic Siberian Husky Association has been founded 1986. The primary aim of our club is to maintain in the breed standard defined good characteristic, arctic, working old line Siberian Husky. Because old (foundation) line is getting really rare, to preserve and making old line known is very important task of our club. We think that the best way to establish the genuine task of Siberian Husky is hiking, not racing in speed in conditions, where the results are compared with mixed racing dogs.

We have meetings where we hike with our dogs, make teams and drive with them both with wheel sledge and sledge, depending the weather. Usually we arrange a match-show once a year, where Siberian Huskies have their own class.

As a member we take persons who share our opinion to preserve old line dogs.
If You have any questions please contact the webmaster: laurakinnunen@hotmail.fi

The aim of Old Line breeders

is to breed the Siberian Husky original, arctic, good characteristic and capable to work in artic conditions. Important is to preserve the correct structure. In breeding is combined two main goals: the old line and type structure and right working capability. Working qualities in hiking are more important than in speed racing. Siberian Husky is the fastest of all artic breeds but he needs not to be as fast as the greyhounds.

In the beginning Siberian Husky was a working breed. Dogs in America, the home country of the breed, won sledge races and also won in shows. Many racing kennels had also good show dogs. Working capability and good structure were combined. When Siberian husky came very popular, many breeders begun to breed dogs only for shows or only for speed racing. Many racing kennels started breed also alaskan huskies and mongrel sledge dogs among siberian huskies to gain more speed for races which were getting more and more demanding. The structure of racing Siberian Huskies was changing to lighter and reminding more a greyhound. Dogs became uneven as type. Older type, original Siberian Huskies who had more bones, were called "old line" Siberian Huskies. New style was called "the new racing line". To Finland racing Siberian Huskies came in the middle of 1970's, before that we had only old line Siberian Huskies.

About show line

Modern show line became known in the beginning of 1980's, it adapted a style where certain qualities were highlighted by mode. Some kennels remain to breed the old line dogs (such as Troika's, Siberkirk's, Talocon, Ginger Blu, Baltic, Fjiordlund's) trying to cherish the original old line (such as Monadnock, Frosty Aire, Marlytuk, Norstarr, Almaring, Savdajaures, Koryak) without mixing show line or racing line in their dogs. There are some kennels which later mixed old line and show lines.

Old line breeders want to preserve the Siberian Husky type as it has been in early days in Siberia and cherish those arctic qualities (such as thick coat) which has made possible the breed to exist until these days. Good-character is also important in breeding; bad characteristic dog is not a good working dog or a pet. Also changing of generations has been slow in old line Siberian Huskies, there are dogs only 10-15 generations from the first registered Siberian Huskies.

There aren't many old line kennels in the world. There are some in USA and one in the Nordic countries. A couple of kennels in Europe have mixed old line and show line dogs. Old line Siberian Husky is very suitable to work in a team in hiking and also a wonderful family pet because of his lovely nature.

History of the breed

The roots of the Siberian Husky go behind centuries to Russia, arctic Siberia. These good-natured, working dogs with many qualities were very important to Chukchis living in hard circumstances. They used dogs for moving from place to another, hunting and transporting.

It is no accident how these dogs developed in the hard circumstances of Siberia. Circumstances formed these dogsī structure, behaviour and abilities to survive. For example a thick coat was vital to the dogs in -30 - 40 degrees, as well as right structure (sufficient mass compared to surface) which meant less thermal loss. Today old line breeders are trying to remain these same arctic qualities.

On 1909 a man called Ramsay bought 70 Siberian Huskies from Siberia and brought them to Alaska. The team participated succesfully to the famous All Alaska Sweepstakes competition. In appearance the dogs departed from the local long-limbed and floppy-eared dogs being smaller and having tight structure with rectangular measures. They were also gentle and good-natured. These dogs came immediately popular. American Kennel Club approved officially the breed in 1930 and first breed standard was released in 1932.

Leonhard Seppala was a famous dog driver who raced but also used these dogs to transport goods in Alaska. His famous serum drive made the Siberian Husky breed known world wide. On this hard trip these lovely, primitive dogs showed their strength and good qualities. And prize of that drive wasn't money but saving lives.