For anyone in North America interested in adopting an arctic-spitz, this here is a group dedicated to the rescuing of streetdogs in Labrador, the Mainland portion of the Canadian province Newfoundland & Labrador in the Atlantic region.
The Labrador Husky is a breed that originated in Labrador as their name suggests. They were bred by an early aboriginal group including a small Inuit group to be working dogs but unlike the Alaskan Malamutes and Greenland Huskies the breed has long been separated from all of the other arctic spitz and became more genetically distinct from them and are more serious-minded like the GSD than the more agile nature of Siberian Huskies. The Labrador Huskies also had a history of mixing with the Labrador wolf (Canis lupus labradorius), a Grey wolf subspecies native to the Atlantic regions of Canada, a few hundreds of years ago but the wolves have since been diluted out of the breed.
Sadly towards the end of the 19th century, a growing modernization trend to the lifestyle of the Atlantic Canadian people and urban sprawl resulted with less usage of these dogs. This also resulted with many of them being abandoned and have since been running feral for many generation throughout the 20th century much like the feral Carolina dogs in South Carolina. Although many have been collected and rehomed. Some of the dogs have also been outcrossed with Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, and German Shepherds to enhance their sled-pulling and search and rescue work abilities.
Today, there are only three organizations dedicated to rescuing this breed as well as crossbreeds that were bred into them. They are the Heavenly Creatures, Litters 'n Critters, and The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA. If anyone is interested in adopting one of these crossbreeds, please feel free to contact any of the three rescue groups.
This is link to one of the three rescue groups:
The Labrador Husky is NOT to be confused with a crossbreed between a Siberian Husky and a Labrador Retriever.
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