About Star'n Nordica Kennel

It all started with a postcard.

I had seen an awesome dog and it hooked me with its beauty. I simply could not take the picture out of my mind. Beautiful, almond shaped, expressing eyes, cheerful, mischeavous look, thick, hugable coat. I thought there is no other breed that can aproach this beauty. The same time it was very difficult to find out anything about the breed, the dogs books cued on my shelf hade only limited mentions about Siberians. And at those old times there was not yet internet.

Anyway, I decided that when I will have my own dog (we had three adopted dogs at those times) surely it will be a Siberian Husky and I also was sure about that I will be a breeder. A few months later an article was published in the Hungarian Dog magazine about the first Hungarian Siberian Husky breeder, Jankovics Attila. He was the first taking Siberians to my country. Apart form Attila we visited two other kennels, but in those kennels I saw dogs that were not at all familiar with the dog I saw on that specific postcard. So my visit at Attila Jankovics resulted that in December 1988 I took home my first Siberian female, Amulett Inca.

Inca’'s arrival caused a lot of joy and happiness but the same time also a lot of problems. We did not know the breed, we only know the little what we heard from Attila and the information what we read in books was also very much misleading.

With my current knowledge I would sum up the major features of the breed:

The Siberian Husky is one of the most ancient breeds, its beauty, kind, playful nature and its gentle relationship with children made it popular worldwide. On the other hand its original purpose of being sled dog is coming with several features which do not make them as a perfect pet for anyone. They have incredible energies that burns them to run, their independent personality does not let them to wait for their owners wishes as slaves. They need to live an active life, they need company, they love to be in the center of attention. As a conclusion a Siberian Husky can only be a good choice for those who have a good sense of humor and patience, who loves challenges and the same time value the beauty of the breed, understand their heritage and respect its original purpose.

If I would have own this knowledge at those times, it would have been easier to understand my dog. I expected from her things that are totally out of scope within the breed. I had to understand the breed through my own experiences and mistakes, I accepted and was hooked by the breed more and more. A Husky is not anybody’s dog, the owner must accept its stubborn nature, its starve for freedom, its independence, the importance of belonging to a pack and if this done the owner can enjoy its kindness, humor, braveness and its fatigueless. I myself was also hooked by the beauty of the breed, although as a breeder I try to inform every new possible owners about all the pros and cons of the breed. There were many families who had left our house understanding that the Siberian is not an ideal breed for them, not fitting to their lifestyle, their rithm, their wishes. We welcome all inqueries as this gives the opportunity for us to get know eachother, to talk and as a result we will know whether a Siberian would match to them or not. It tells a lot when they first meet our dogs. We look at their reactions to the dogs’ somewhat assertive way of introduction, how well they understand eachother when meeting the dogs first.

I consider that buying a puppy is a matter of trust. It is important that the new owner and the breeder understand and trust eachother. The breeder is the one who will give advices, supports the owner in growing up the puppy while the owner is the person whom the breeder trust with one of her family members. I can not say that I am very good at recognising good and bad owners, and that my senses never cheated me in the past 21 years, but we found a lot of good friends amongst the owners of our pups.

M y daughters grown up as there were Siberians around them, they learnt standing up and walking with grabbing one of the Siberians and often they even shared with them their afternoon meals. The dogs showed incredible patience and humor while the girls were including them into their games, so I can only suggest Siberians to every family with young kids. By today my daughters are grown up and they become my breeding partners. I managed to infect them with the love of animals, dogs, Siberians, the world of dog shows and all the work involved with keeping, breeding and showing dogs.

I believe in the working ability of the breed, I stud up for it many times personally and on the pages of magazines. The debate was many times started with mushers who stated that the dogs we own, breed and show are just „show dogs” and they are not able to pull a sled. These days the number of those breeders who not just breed but also do sledding with their dogs is in minority. It is a big responibilty on the breeders that they have to save the working abilities, athletic appearance and not just breed pretty dogs. It not supports the breed’s future if we do not look for the working dog under the surface, and overlook those anatomical features that derives from the original function of the breed. Today’s sled dog competitions are short distance runs held not under arctic climate. These conditions give advantage for the slim, short coated sprinter dogs eventhough many times we saw them in small boots and coats to protect them from the cold. Well I am not sure these dogs would survive in minus 40-50 celsius, strong wind on a 1150 mile distance.

H uskies are masters of economic maintenance. With their thich undercoat, longer covercoat they can work even in the arctic conditions, and they burn less calories and can keep themselves warm when resting outdoors, without any coats.

They can run with a steady tempo for long-long hours, with minimal time requested for resting. We are talking about a maratonist, who works in a balanced tempo for endless miles, within extrem weather conditions.

M y other pinpoint is the health of the breed. Generally the breed is very easy to keep, they are healthy and long living animals. But unfortunately like in other breeds the inheritable deseases are present in this breed also. Although it is not a regulation, only healthy animals should be considered to breed, and as breeders we have to use all possible health checks especially eyes and hips. This puts a lot of responsibilty on the shoulder of the breeders not speaking about it financials but its necessarity can not be neglected. What could have been more important than breeding healthy dogs?

Some other breeders had phrased it very well, we are not owners but caretakers of the breed. This means we have to care about it and do all what is possible to save it for the ones who will follow us at least in the same good condition or even better, than how we got it.

Contact us:

Nagy Teodóra

Adress:
Hungary, Szentendre

Tel:
+36 30 445 2918

E-mail:
nordica.husky@gmail.com

Contact us:

Teodora Nagy

Adress:
Hungary, Szentendre

Tel:
+36 30 445 2918

E-mail:
nordica.husky@gmail.com