The Breed in Australia
In 1976 Mr. D.D. George imported Forstals Tumac (D.O.D. 10.10.75), a male Siberian Husky, and Danlee Karelia (D.O.E. 4.1.76), a female Siberian Husky, both from the United Kingdom. This was the beginning of the Siberian breed in Australia. He later imported another bitch, Skimarque Duska (D. 0. B. 25. 9.78) also from the United Kingdom.
Mr. George bred two litters under the 'Myvore' prefix. From the first litter, whelped 27.9.78, he sold a bitch, Myvore Lara, to Mr. & Mrs. Perkins, who in turn, imported a dog from New Zealand, Tushin of Hunevoss (D.O.B. 19.6.79). With this pair they founded the 'Frostypines Kennel'. From the second litter registered under the Myvore prefix, whelped 17.5.80, D. D. George sold a dog, Myvore Layka, to Mrs. Edna Harper. With this dog and a bitch from Perkins, Frostypines Anya (D.O.D. 10.6.80), she founded the 'Kolyma' Kennels.
Later in 1980 Mr. George sold his imported dogs to Mrs. Wendy Newton. With these three she founded the 'Chukchii' Kennels. In 1983, Wendy imported a dog from the United Kingdom, Brushbows Atlatl (D.O.B. 26.3.82), and in 1984 Edna imported a Canadian bred dog from the U.K., Rossfort Nijinski (D.O.D. 21.6.83). Edna has since imported two bitches from the U.S.A., Innisfree N York Blazing Star & Innisfree N York Touch 0' Class. It is basically from the two kennels of Chukchii & Kolyma that most of the current kennels today in Victoria have developed. New dogs have since been imported by various other kennels and some even exported.
Since around 1982 the Siberian Husky population and numbers of registrations has risen sharply in response to an ever growing demand for this breed. Every breeder should objectively strive to improve upon the quality of stock rather than breeding to meet this demand which in all probability will mean not only a sacrifice of breed quality but also an increase in numbers of misplaced dogs and puppies. The Siberian Husky Club of Victoria is deeply concerned that the direction of increase in breed popularity and promotion will have its costs. In an effort to protect the breed the Siberian Husky Club of Victoria recommends that prospective buyers contact the Club Secretary or our Puppy Enquiries Officer for information, not only regarding current breeders, but also some thoughtful advice towards meeting the aforementioned objective.
With regard the showing of Siberian Huskies (referred to as show ring conformation) there are many Siberians that have achieved success in this area, with the first Siberian Husky to attain title of 'AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION' having been Aust Ch Forstals Tumac, in December 1980. The already mentioned Aust Ch Rossfort Nijinski made a particularly notable achievement at the 1985 Royal Melbourne Show by winning both Best Exhibit in Show & the K. C. C. Guineas.
Siberian Huskies are also achieving mixed success in Obedience Trials, winning awards up to the high standard of C.D.X. The first to achieve C.D.X. was Aust Ch Kamchatka Ginger Mist in 1987. This area is providing ever-growing interest to those who are prepared to take the challenge of displaying effective communication with this sometimes aloof breed.
Another field of interest that is growing in popularity is that of chariot or gig racing and sledding. Of course, snow sledding is very limited due to the short snow seasons and also, as most of the snowfields are encompassed within National Park boundaries (legislation restricting dog access is very rigid) thus making charioting a very practical alternative.
So, this breed of ours is quite versatile in Obedience, Trialling, harness work, and conformation shows but let us not forget the many dogs that are just adored pets.