Then his crew numbered (10) ten dogs being trained to the expedition labour or work with a female doggy named Intcha aged of three (3) months.
Among these (11) eleven athletes, four (4) from them found home at Lavrentia by a Tchoukte hunter.
The (7) seven other ones (Pouchok, Sharik, Kiss-Kiss, Koula, Tourgen, Simba and Intcha) followed Gilles to Moscow then to Gorbovo situated at 300 Kilometres (or at 186.5 Miles) at the North-East from the Russian capital, during two winters before to settle with the recruits from the second generation (see below) at the Arktika Camp in Northern Finland in April 2006.
It is difficult to describe such individual in some words. It is an excellent self-educated dog with a superior intelligence being comfortable on hard soils and environments having an unfailing physical condition, Pouchok dominates all companions of its specie but by its good behaviour too, the whole human beings race.
This is what its condescending sight of wolf expresses. The communication established between Gilles and his head dog is so perfect than the both ones are inseparable. Commandant and Captain complement and understand each other beyond the word, Gilles thinks and Pouchok acts ... so it was how during the Arktika expedition. Because after it led its crew at the head during these four winters and over 7,000 Kilometres (or 4,350 Miles) on chaotic ice-floe, the champion of the world ordered that it had earned well its retirement.
So it is more inclined to flirt or to get close with the females, to hunt the duck on the waters of the lake or to loaf around at the hut than to slip on its harness for a tourism walk.
Even it didn't really become a chief of the pack because its placid and calm disposition, all the dogs respect it and pledge themselves allegiance in passing by in front of its kennel.
Among the most widespread sled dogs races today, we number the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Husky, the Malamute, the Samoyed and the Greenlander. Only the last one belongs to the primitive race.
Certain from these races are not homologated or confirmed nor listed too by the international canine federations. This is the case with the Taïmyr dog which we are the lonely ones in the world to breed as professional way.
However our breeding is confirmed or approved and agreed by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and we founded the standards of the Taïmyr dog in Russia.
Kiss Kiss is cut out for speed but and this is there its great fault because it can't reduce it. This small saddle had this lonely and mean idea in its mind during the Arktika expedition: biting the back of Pouchok which was directly harnessed in front of it.
It could have well become the head dog if its spirited disposition makes it uncontrollable.
Koula and its father named Volk were the first representatives from the Taïmyr race or species in the Arktika crew. The haired dogs, half-bears, half-lions, turned out extraordinary expedition dogs, that encouraged Gilles to chose this kind or sort of dogs for his future expeditions.
Koula was the main example as role model of the breeding. Its huge size, its thick fur or coat and its endless loving character made it the mascot of the team. Koula suffered from entropion being an eye genetic disease and it had to surgery in order to recover a normal sight.
Coming from the region of the river Indigisha, in Yakutia, Tourgen is the lonely representative example from one of the most famous races of Russian sled dogs, this race being at present lost without trace.
Tourgen is a sensitive dog. It isn't noted for its intelligence but it takes great care to do what it is asked to it and it achieves perfectly to its aim.
As Sharik, this a lonely and placid dog yearning only to one think : its peace and quiet.