Wolf Femme: Question regarding East/West Siberian Laikas vs. Siberian Huskies...?
As some of you may know, I currently own an East Siberian Laika b*tch.
I got her believing she was a Siberian Husky coming from Working Lines, only to find out her temperament was *nothing* like a Sibe, and instead exactly like an East Siberian Laika; and yes, from working lines [not hunting but mushing].
So whenever anyone new comes over, or I show someone I'm talking to a picture of her; they automatically assume it's a Sibe.
Reasonable, considering there's so much emphasis on Sibes, and little to none on Laikas.
Now I've gotten used to it. *More* than used to it. But I've lately gotten to getting annoyed by it.
I'll end up giving people curt, harsh responses as if I thought Sibes were horrible -- which it's quite the contrary.
So today, I was in school waiting for my ride after my Mid-Term; and I was having a discussion about dogs with an acquaintance of mine.
She showed me pictures of her male Beagle and female Dachshund, and when I showed her pictures of Chickoa [my laika]; she asked me if I was aware I'd been "scammed by the breeder" who [she'd thought] "told me it was a Laika, when it was so obviously a Sibe".
So I told her it was actually the exact opposite, and she continued to ask me about my "knowledge" of dogs and their "breed attributes".
We got into a huge argument over whether or not she was a Sibe or a Laika; and it ended in my saying [for the umpteenth time] that it was *my* dog, and that *I* knew her better than anyone, and that if she wanted to talk about dogs further; she should grow up, learn what cooperation and accepting a mistake is, and get more polite.
I felt a little [tiny bit, not a lot. but it was there, somewhere, in the back of my mind. that tiny dot.] apologetic, and questioned my actions for a small moment.
So my question is would you have gauged my reaction/actions as appropriate, or inappropriate?
Would you have reacted in the same way, or continued to calmly [and politely] "converse" with them about your dog?
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About the "rare" breed...
East/West Siberian Laikas aren't rare. The two breeds themselves are used for hunting. My Laika was bred from primarily East Siberian Laikas, but also Northeasterly Hauling Dogs.
The "breeder" we got her from never cared to tell us the facts that had been relayed unto him. He'd gotten her parents from a breeder in Russia who owned a working team; and the only way we even know what she is, is because we got in touch with her.
They are by no means rare in Russia, none of the breeds.
AA -- yeah. "Laika" in Russian is "barker" or "barking dog". they're called "Laikas" [all six of them.] because four of them are bark-pointers [East/West/Russo-European/Karelo-Finnish].
Answers and Views:
Answer by Ruby
Personally I think it's kind of a petty thing to argue about.
To be honest, it doesn't really matter if your dog is a Laika or a Husky. And unless someone around you breeds them or they're common in your area.. she probably isn't one. Huskies can vary in temperament and personality. Unless she came to you with papers, there really isn't any proof that she's some rare exotic breed from mushing lines. If you are strong in your belief that she's this breed, then just be polite about it. Why fight about something so stupid?
I love talking animals but I hate when people give me know-it-all, curt responses and I sure wouldn't dispense one just because somebody got my dog's breed wrong. But that's just me.
Enjoy your dog, that is all that matters.
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