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Old 08-15-2009, 02:21 PM
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Samoyed weren't originally made for sledding but adapted well to it. FWIW a lot of competitive dogsledders have foxhound blood in their personal lines because the crossing gives them a synergistic effect on endurance. other have pit blood crossed in for more heart. and i beleive someone here posted a link to a person who regularly runs & finishes the iditarod w/ a team of standard poodles. the point being dogs are very adaptable.
i think by "true sleddogs" they meant what the breed was originally created for not adapted to later. keep in mind it's been well over a century since the russians introduced the samoyedic peoples to dog sledding and since then performance in this area has almost certainly become a factor in breeding decisions, but maybe not the deciding factor. for malamutes other NA native northern breeds sled work has ALWAYS been the driving factor in breeding decisions.
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:32 PM
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that is because standards are usually written based on a single individual or a couple of them. even if the individual was a great worker, often the standard gets changed later by people who have never even seen the type of work the breed is supposed to do and so don't know the effect of the change.
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:47 PM
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Pops, I think you're dead on.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:13 PM
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I found this. A herding Nenet dog:
BBC NEWS | In Pictures | Your pictures: Ed Vallance

Similar, yet very different from the modern Samoyed. With this group at least, they herd the reindeer and the reindeer pull the sleds.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:58 PM
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even after dogsledding was introduced reindeer stayed the primary means of transportation. it still is today. dogs are the mustangs & camaros of sledding while reindeer are the tauruses & k cars.
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