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The Siberian husky : able athlete, able friend
Jennings, Michael, 1948-
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New York : Howell Book House, 1999.
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xi, 212 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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The mischievous face of the Siberian Husky is a familiar sight wherever dog lovers gather, and you don't even need snow or a sled to appreciate the breed's many fine qualities. The spirit of this able athlete and able friend can be recognized throughout this bright, new book. Like the other titles in Howell's Best of Breed Library, this book features chapters on all aspects of caring for and competing with a dog. Written for experienced breeders and novices alike, the book is practical yet complete and includes over 100 full-color photos.

Author Notes

MICHAEL JENNINGS has shared his life with Siberian Huskies for many years. Michael knows the breed as a companion and what it feels like to follow after a team of Huskies on the runners of a sled. As a breeder, he is in the top rank of the fancy. His dogs have proven themselves in competition, in work, in performance and as the special companions Siberians can be.

Table of Contents

Phyllis BraytonJean FournierSarah E. GauntLois Leonard and Obedience Chair and Siberian HuskyJane SteffenPeter JohnsonJean FournierDonna Beckman, President and Delbert L. Thacker, SecretaryPat Tetrault
Forewordp. vi
Introductionp. ix
1. Profile of the Siberian Husky--Is It Right for You?p. 1
A Word About Pack-Drive and Prey-Drivep. 2
Owning a Siberian Is Not Easyp. 5
2. History of the Siberian Huskyp. 7
In Siberiap. 7
In Alaskap. 10
In New Englandp. 13
Other Great Siberians and Their Peoplep. 22
Some Reflections on the Breed's Historyp. 24
3. The Official Standard of the Siberian Husky--with Interpretationp. 29
General Appearancep. 30
Size, Proportion, Substancep. 31
Headp. 32
Neck, Topline, Bodyp. 36
Tailp. 39
Forequartersp. 40
Hindquartersp. 42
Coatp. 42
Colorp. 43
Gaitp. 43
Temperamentp. 45
Summaryp. 47
4. Finding the Right Siberian--Puppy, Adult, or Rescuep. 49
The Puppy Choicep. 50
The Adult Choicep. 51
The Rescue Optionp. 53
5. Living with a Siberian Huskyp. 55
Preparing the New Homep. 55
Guidance in a Nutshellp. 56
Your New Puppyp. 56
Don't Blame the Dog!p. 61
How Dogs Learnp. 63
Pack Structurep. 66
Socializationp. 68
Stressp. 72
6. Keeping Your Siberian Husky Happy and Healthyp. 75
Breed Specific Conditions--"Red Alert"p. 75
Preventive Carep. 77
Other Areas of Concernp. 81
7. Grooming the Siberian Huskyp. 83
8. Showing the Siberian Huskyp. 89
Acquiring a Siberian Husky Show Prospectp. 94
Learning to Showp. 96
Ringside Discretionp. 97
9. Obedience, Agility, and Other Fun and Useful Thingsp. 101
Obediencep. 101
Agilityp. 105
Trackingp. 107
Flyballp. 107
Canine Good Citizenp. 108
Temperament Testingp. 110
Backpackingp. 111
10. Training For the Trailp. 113
The Equipmentp. 113
Dressing the Sledderp. 116
The Dog Teamp. 116
The Language of Dog Sleddingp. 118
Caring for the Dogsp. 119
The Lure of Competitionp. 120
Getting Startedp. 121
Outfittersp. 125
Bibliographyp. 125
11. The Iditarod: "The Last Great Race"p. 127
Experiences Along the Iditarod Trailp. 128
12. What You Should Know About Breedingp. 157
The Art of Breeding: Developing an Eyep. 158
Be Willing to Learn, Slowlyp. 159
Aim for Good Dogs, Not Just Winnersp. 160
Selecting Stockp. 160
Types of Breedingp. 162
Assessing and Appraising, an Ongoing Practicep. 163
Rating Your Dogsp. 165
13. Our Gentle Geriatricsp. 171
Arthritisp. 171
Nutritionp. 172
Obesityp. 172
Aging Eyesp. 172
A Vaccination Plan and Regular Veterinary Visitsp. 174
Behavior as a Symptomp. 174
When It's Time to Say Good-Byep. 176
On Coping with Pet Lossp. 176
14. The Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc.p. 179
15. Siberians in the Mediap. 185
The Small Screen Beckonsp. 188
Appendix A Titles for Which Siberian Huskies Are Eligiblep. 193
Appendix B National Specialty Winners and Ownersp. 197
Appendix C Additional Resources--Books and Organizationsp. 199
Epilogue The Color of the Siberianp. 203
Indexp. 206