Tugline Siberians is a small Siberian Husky kennel dedicated to both race and show type dogs. Though our primary focus is with purebred sprint racing Siberians.
Tugline is owned by Eric and Kristen Ayers. The kennel is divided into 2 locations. The racing kennel operated by Eric an engineer of Beaver, PA and the show kennel operated by Kristen a veterinary technician near Pittsburgh, PA. Eric and Kristen are long time members of The Siberian Husky Club of Greater Pittsburgh and The International Sleddog Racing Association.
We started our involvement with Siberian Huskies in 1993. Since then our dogs have competed and titled in AKC and UKC obedience trials, and AKC conformation shows. At the present time we have 1 show Siberian out on the show circuit.
In 1999 we began training/racing our dogs in the 4 and 6 dog purebred sprint classes. Currently Eric is competing in the 8 dog pro and 6 dog purebred sprint class. In 2007 Eric has also started training and racing the team in dryland challenges. Look for Tugline to be burning up the dirt this season.
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These are domestic dogs that are very active, energetic and can adapt to any condition to live in. this resiliency nature they have makes them great for those who live in places most likely to experience adverse climatic conditions such as extreme cold most part of their lives. Belonging to a genetic family known as spitz, these dogs share some genetic ability with the gray wolves. The male dogs of this species are larger and heavier than the female ones. The average weight of the males is approximately 24 kgs while that of female is around 19kgs. The same applies to the height, which are around 57cm and 43cm respectively.
As descendants of dogs used in sledding, this breed came from the Chukchi community that originated from Siberia and settles in the arctic. When the dogs weren’t working, they were left to roam free and hunt for themselves. They were first taken to Alaska in 1908 to participate in sled racing sport and went on until mid 1920s. The exportation ended in 1930 and since then they have become a subject of interest to many people. The breed found its way to Canada in 1939 when the name became arctic husky before it was changed to Siberian husky. They continued to become popular since that era and have reached the 14th place on the popularity measure.
Siberian husky has two layers of fur making it thicker compared to other breeds of domestic dogs. The top layer of fur is usually thin with straight hairs whereas the inner layer is the thicker one that protects them against cold. This arrangement ensures the dogs survive well in hot areas as well as cold ones like arctic areas. When it’s hot, the top layer helps release heat thereby regulating the body temperature whereas when it’s cold, the inner layer prevents cold from affecting them. even though they come in a variety of colors, the most common ones and the black and white furs with the other colors like grey being rare.
Ranging from brown to blue, the dogs have different colors of eyes. Some even have different color on each eye such as one eye being brown and the other being white. The shape of the eye is also usually distinctive since they have the almond shape. Despite the eye color difference, the dogs have sharp eyesight that spot items from afar.
Compared to the rest of the body, the tails of these dogs are usually much thicker. They vary in length but are relatively longer than those of other dogs are. This characteristic acts as additional source of heat when it’s very cold. They can easily curl up and cover their faces to get warmer. They are also very flexible allowing the dogs to adjust to any climatic condition as needed. They can let the tails lie low when it’s hot and can use them to show any signs of emotions like excitement.
Either these dogs have a pointed nose or a square shaped one. The color also differs with black colored dogs having tanned noses, gray ones having black noses, and silver in brightly colored dogs like white ones. They may lose the skin color of their noses for certain durations in some cases.
A Siberian husky can live for up to 14 years in good health. Other than genetically inherited conditions, these dogs rarely get unwell. Some these conditions include eye problems and seizures. Some diseases found in most domestic animals such as hip dysplasia are very rare in this breed with only a 2% percent chance of occurring. However, because of the origin of this breed, those that were exposed to sledding at some point may have other attacks like bronchitis, gastric conditions and other respiratory ailments like asthma.
This breed of dogs has the same qualities other dogs exhibit like chewing items, digging and jumping fences, with the exception of being better at those activities. They’re also good with children and don’t require extreme maintenance. They may however need training in order to get well with smaller animals like cats because if left untrained they can hunt them. One of the probable reasons why people associate them with wolves could be because the Siberian Huskies howl rather than bark. They are also good hunters in the field and can therefore be a great addition to all homeowners.