Monday, May 30, 2011

This little guy got caught inside our screened in porch, and I had to take a towel and gently catch him. I escorted him out and released him, and he seems to be a lot less afraid of me. At times he will hover 5-10 feet from me before feeding. Nature is awesome!

This little girl is a cutie pie! Despite her younger air-headedness, she is actually a quick learner. She is housetrained now, and has learned the basic show command for free baiting. Getting her to stand still, however, is still a bit of a challenge. She's a wonderful girl with a very happy personality, and I think she will do very well in shows. Her gait looks great so far, especially her rear gait, and her front gait is in-line as it should be. Her conformation appears excellent so far, and her striking markings give her a rare appeal. Hopefully she will make her points quickly, because I can tell already her true love is going to be racing.

So, as an experiment, I took a look at the bone structure and gait of all the top racing dogs I could find good pictures and examples of on the net (and still doing so as research in to what structure appears to be the best for racing, other factors will be considered as I have a much better idea what structure to strive for). So far, Princess appears to have the ideal structure for a racing dog. Slightly less angulated shoulder with a more angulated but balanced rear, and same length as height (Siberian standard is well laid back shoulders which means more front angulation, and moderate angulation on the rear, which means the bisecting line hits the front of the toes. Length is slightly longer than height). With Princess' angulation on her rear and her 'square' measurements it makes it hard for her to trot with the right gait, and she has a 'prance' to her front feet to be sure they don't get hit by her rear. While this makes for awkward trots, it gives her a huge advantage at a lope. With her lean tuck-up, she's able to put her front feet ahead of her shoulders, and with her less angulation on the front, her frontal impact is less pronounced.

This structure is very prevalent in the top racing kennels that I've examined so far, and appears to lend itself to less injury as I focus on the dogs that complete distance races. Incidentally this also makes for ideal sprint dogs as they don't like to trot, but to lope or run. It is a beauty to watch Princess run. She easily leaves the other dogs behind who want to chase her. Knowing what I know now, I'm very happy she turned out the way she has, and I'm hoping someday she will be well known as one of the foundation of our racing line.

I've seen the debate on line that not enough Siberian breeders are breeding Siberians to be fast, and I agree. In order for our chosen breed to progress in the racing arena, something needs to be done to improve them. I'm really hoping we can continue to do this, and I really hope I can visit other racing Siberian kennels that do well with speed. I'd really like to see the breeders who care about speed and endurance form an alliance of breeders so that information and improved gene pools can be shared. Trying for improvement is never an easy or fast process, and hopefully together we can put Siberians back in the forefront of racing.

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