Don’t let my sweet face and pretty eyes fool you—I’m a lot of dog to handle! Many people have been foiled by me; if you’re a new or passive dog owner, consider another breed. If you’re an alpha type up for the challenge, I’ll reward you with fun and devotion many times over. Playful and affectionate, I thrive on companionship and am good with children. I’m too social to make a good watchdog!
Originally bred as a sled dog, I can run forever. Be prepared to provide at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day; running or pulling a wagon full of kids or yard debris, especially in cold weather, is ideal. I’ll chew and dig and destroy everything if I’m bored. I don’t bark, but I do howl—so please consider your neighbors. Be warned: I love to roam and am a master of escape. I’m bright but very independent, so training will be difficult.
I stand 20 to 23 inches tall and weigh 35 to 60 pounds. Although I am virtually free of odor and rarely need a bath, be prepared to spend a lot of time brushing me, especially during spring and fall shedding. My coloring may be white or black with various colored markings, including my distinctive mask. My eyes may be blue, brown, or a combination.
Despite being a very popular dog and prone to overbreeding, I’m fairly healthy, with the only issues of concern being hip dysplasia, though I might also suffer from eye defects, seizures, and, rarely, hip dysplasia. With responsible handling and good care, I’ll be a special part of the family for 11 to 13 years.