As the number of Siberian Huskies in Australia grew, so too did the need for a club to unite their fanciers. The Siberian Husky Club of Victoria was formed in December of 1984. It was affiliated with the Kennel Control Council in July of 1985 and in 1989 it became an incorporated body. We have members from all over Victoria, some interstate and some overseas. We are a family club and new members are always welcome.
In June 1986 we held our first Open Show and our first Championship Show was held in 1988. We now conduct Championship and Open Shows annually, as well as Members' Competitions. Members' Competitions enable new members and inexperienced dogs to practise their ringcraft, and they provide aspiring judges with hands-on experience with the breed.
As well as the conformation exhibitions, the Club also offers opportunities for owners and their dogs to join in on Fun days and Social Sledding days, and informative and social evenings. Fun day activities range from novelty races to prizes being awarded for the dog with the waggiest tail, bluest eyes or most totally out of coat, etc. The aim of these days is to provide fun and enjoyment for all in a not-too-competitive atmosphere.
Social Sledding begins the season with a workshop day to get people and dogs used to the practice of running sled dogs. The correct equipment (and how to make it) is shown and training hints are shared. The Club first put on a race in 1988. We now have 5–6 per season and we share a State of Origin competition with the Siberian Husky & Alaskan Malamute Club of South Australia, and the Alaskan Malamute Club of Victoria. Here teams are competing not as individuals but as State representatives.
The Club has members working their dogs through obedience trials. There are a few dogs with their Companion Dog or Companion Dog Excellent titles. The late Wendy Nicholson campaigned her red bitch to become Australian Champion Kamchatka Ginger Mist, Australian Obedience Champion, Agility Dog, Tracking Dog. To our knowledge no other Australian Siberian has achieved so much.
The Club also offers breed-associated lectures, eye screenings, help with training your Siberian Husky and gives you the chance to get to know more like-minded people.
A Club newsletter, Pawprints, comes out quarterly, in which members can have their say, have a brag, and be informed of upcoming events. It provides articles, poems, short stories and paid advertisements. We endeavour to provide valuable and interesting information in each issue.
The Siberian Husky Club of Victoria, inc., consists of breeders, sledding enthusiasts, exhibitors and fanciers who are dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the Siberian Husky as a sound, natural and capable working breed, whose characteristics of mind and body make it not only a beautiful dog and a willing worker, but also a delightful companion. Our aim is to offer people the chance to learn about, work with, and mainly, to have fun with these rascals of the canine world!