The poodle team I think was one of the things that led to the "northern dog rule" in the iditarod race rules...."P12. Dog Description: Only northern dog breeds suitable for arctic travel will be permitted to enter the race. "Northern breeds" will be determined by race officials."
. The poodles did have alot of problem with the weather coat wise.
Gerry there still are some fairly competitive Siberian teams but granted, they are like finding hen's teeth. I would argue you on the "serious sledding application" - there is more out there than racing and competition.... :wink:
Plus I have seen some purebred GSP's that can kick some serious butt.
Gerry Grimwood said- "Even though they are tremdous athletes, they are a single purpose dog and when food is the reward they will run or crash n burn, and they don't get fed before a run."
Don't quite get what you are saying here about the food bit - care to elaborate?