DERBY - Growing up in Vermont with a Siberian husky has led Nathan Gratton on to a unique career path; breeding and running mixed-breed dogs for speed and endurance. â€śThereâ€™s no such breed as an Alaskan husky,â€ť admits Gratton. â€śThey are a mix of different breeds, starting with Siberian huskies, and then breeding them with German or English short hair pointers, or hounds.â€ť
Hounds are becoming more popular, according to Gratton, because they are fast. Mixing them with huskies can lead to a fast team with the endurance to run long distances. Ideally the dogs should weigh between 40 and 55 pounds. â€śBig dogs canâ€™t go as fast for long periods of time,â€ť states Gratton. â€śYou want long, lean bodies.â€ť
Growing up in Vermont, Gratton said, he was more focused on winter sports such as skiing and snowmobiling. The family had dogs and he loves the Siberian husky breed, and eventually learned about the sport of mushing.
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