Forgive me HuskySeeHuskyDo, I only msgd because I noticed your Husky affiliation:) I'm new to the Husky family and I have 2 adopted huskies that are very different. Titan is approx 35lbs, 3yrs old presently(adopted at 2) and was first thought that he had some "growing" to do and hasn't gone anywhere! Cody is my 2nd adoption, 2 yrs old, 70lbs and looks more like what I've seen other Huskies look like. What is the difference between Huskies and Malamutes? Is it possible that the reason why Titan is so small is because he's a by-product of what is now know to be a miniature husky? True, Titan could be a mix obviously w/ another breed and not much is know about his origins due to the adoption. I heard there is such a thing as a miniature husky, but that the cost of one is a down payment on a car! Do they even exist? You seem very knowledgable(and your dogs are beautiful-was trying to get a pic of my boys on here and I couldn't figure it out!lol:)) and I'm curious. Was looking around the web for answers when I stumbled on this community.....
***Edited By: tncmommy on 12/23/2007 8:53:55 PM*** Reason: retype
I have an Engish Mastiff, which is an old breed. There are paintings of Mastiffs dated back as early as 500 BC, but it's still hazy how old the breed(as we know it today)is. I know it is a desendent of the ancient Molosser, and was thought to have been brought to britain by phoenician traders, where it was discovered by romans, and used as a gladiator in the arenas(amongst other things).
That's an interesting list. It's amazing what can be done with genetic technology these days. I wonder if there is a fossil record of now extinct "breeds" that were the precursors to modern dogs. It would be interesting to try and extract DNA from the fossils (though it can be very difficult) to see how the precursors relate to these ancient breeds, and how the ancient breeds relate to more recently developed breeds.