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Old 04-26-2015, 03:18 AM
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Greetings from HK - need help with breed identification

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I am looking to purchase a puppy in the next few months (i finally have the time to properly raise one now) and have a few breeds in mind. I recently saw the attached photo, and was wondering if anyone knew what breed those dogs were. They look like Siberian Huskys, but they seem relatively leaner...would appreciate it if anyone could help identify the breed!

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Old 04-26-2015, 04:04 AM
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these look like huskies to me. some Huskies are relatively slim.
You could also look in the asian spitz section if you like that look. the Kochi-ken for example looks also similiar.

do you have experience with this kind of breeds? the most breeds of this type are pretty primal in their behaviour and they have a lot of prey-drive.
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Having bred and raced Huskies, that's what they are.
If you decide to adopt them, make sure you are ready to give plenty of exercise.
Let us know what you decide.
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Huskies are generally not good first time dogs - it can work, but be prepared to give lots of daily long walks and to do lots of training.

I wouldn't base your choice off the dog's looks. What do you want in a dog? A jogging partner? Someone to watch TV with? A guard dog? Answering this type of questions will help narrow down breeds which would be suitable for you.
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if HK means Hong Kong (where I live), I strongly advice against buying a puppy unless you import it from overseas. Literally all pure-breed puppies here are from mills, even though you might not see if since there's usually a few people in the middle. Not only will you be supporting an industry which creates a lot of suffering, you might be purchasing a big problem as well - 50% of all puppies bought here ends up at the vet with serious problems within the first week. And if you do want a husky, the shelters are filled with them anyway since they are out of fashion nowadays and are being dumped so people can get fashionable shibas. Also remember that in hot,humid and crowded HK it's not easy to give a husky the exercise it needs.
I always advice getting a tong dog here - natural selection don't make mistakes - you'll have a healthy, strong, unique looking dog without all the problems related to poor breeding. Obviously I'm biased being heavily involved with rescue and shelter. But if you absolutely must get a purebred puppy, import it from overseas.
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A havanese tolerates hot weather very well...maybe consider one of these?

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Huskies are generally not good first time dogs - it can work, but be prepared to give lots of daily long walks and to do lots of training.

I wouldn't base your choice off the dog's looks. What do you want in a dog? A jogging partner? Someone to watch TV with? A guard dog? Answering this type of questions will help narrow down breeds which would be suitable for you.
I lead a pretty active lifestyle, so i would want a jogging/hiking partner, e.g. exercise will not be a problem. In addition, I want the dog to also be a guard dog as well. This pretty much rules out any small dogs.

Besides the husky, I am also considering a German Shepard
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if HK means Hong Kong (where I live), I strongly advice against buying a puppy unless you import it from overseas. Literally all pure-breed puppies here are from mills, even though you might not see if since there's usually a few people in the middle. Not only will you be supporting an industry which creates a lot of suffering, you might be purchasing a big problem as well - 50% of all puppies bought here ends up at the vet with serious problems within the first week. And if you do want a husky, the shelters are filled with them anyway since they are out of fashion nowadays and are being dumped so people can get fashionable shibas. Also remember that in hot,humid and crowded HK it's not easy to give a husky the exercise it needs.
I always advice getting a tong dog here - natural selection don't make mistakes - you'll have a healthy, strong, unique looking dog without all the problems related to poor breeding. Obviously I'm biased being heavily involved with rescue and shelter. But if you absolutely must get a purebred puppy, import it from overseas.
Thanks for your advice - yes HK = Hong Kong. I am fortunate enough to live in a house, so space is not an issue. My chief concern is if a husky will be able to tolerate the summers here - as mentioned above, the alternative would be a German Shepard. any opinion/advice here would be great!

As for purchasing pure breeds from overseas - i have a couple of questions:

1) will the flight from xyz country to HK be very stressful for a puppy?
2) Any recommended breeders or countries in particular? (many stores in HK claim their dogs are bred in TW)
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Hello Everyone

I am looking to purchase a puppy in the next few months (i finally have the time to properly raise one now) and have a few breeds in mind. I recently saw the attached photo, and was wondering if anyone knew what breed those dogs were. They look like Siberian Huskys, but they seem relatively leaner...would appreciate it if anyone could help identify the breed!

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They are so cute.. I am also curious about this!
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I think I wouldn't recommend a husky in hot climate...I'm also not sure if they'd make good guard dogs (there'd be other breeds to come in my mind) and make sure you think about if you really need a guarding dog breed...some are not so easy manageble.
and also: very territorial and protective breeds often make not the best hiking/jogging companion, since they'll often also "guard and protect" when they're outside of their "property".
this type of dog is really not something you should get, when you're a first-time dogowner.

1) will the flight from xyz country to HK be very stressful for a puppy?
->yes, it will be stressful. but it won't scar them for life.
2) Any recommended breeders or countries in particular? (many stores in HK claim their dogs are bred in TW)
-> go to working-dog.eu for example and look at dogs and lines there. read the pedigrees and chose a breeder that is registered in a big breedersclub (SV for Schäfis for example (Germany) but other european countries also have pretty good breeders). a big club, means many breeders and a big breeding stock and not just three or five sires almost every dog is relatively closely related to. this, together with health testing for as many generations of dogs as possible, can help you prevent getting a dog with a inherited disease.
If you plan on getting a Schäfi, try finding a dogsport group where you live...you can meet people there that are pretty knowledgeble about the breed and you can see and interact ith the dogs in person.

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