Part 2 - Star's breed

Part 2 - Star's breed


Part 2 of my last article on the dog breeds of Balto. Star! Why is he that colour? Where does he get his stripes?


Welcome back! This is part 2 of my last article on the dog breeds of Balto. I will continue again after this (i'm making a lot of articles on this). This article is mainly on Star because of his puzzling look and why i think he is like this. Just before i start on Star though, here are the pics that were lost in the last article.



Here are the Jenna pics. This colour is copper, and the colour i think is most like Jenna.

Quite  Colours


Markings  


now here is the Steele pic. I think thats all the pics that were lost.


Look






Now! Back to the article. Like i said, this article is on the wonderful Star, so here is my research: 






STAR


Star, i think, is a husky. He is a bit of an odd one, but thats why we love him eh'! Right, he is interesting and a difficult dog to place. I have researched in husky's colours and markings, looking for Star.


Husky


I have found some colours and markings quite similar to Star. He is a very destinctive looking dog, and i wonder if he is a cross between two colours. I know you think, why would the animators even bother, well, the animators needed dogs to use as a model (this is not proof, just what i think), the model for Star, if there was one, would have been a normal husky, but a cross between to colours. Here are my results for the research on husky markings and colour, first starting with Star's striped back:


Star


Striped Back: Now, Star's stripy back is a hard thing to find. But you have to look in the right place! I found all breed colours from a good Husky site (i will put a link at the bottom of this article) with lots of colours that i looked at and examined for Star's looks. I found a 'colour', you could call it, called Saddle Back. These Husky's had, well, a Saddle Back i guess. Here are the Saddle Back huskies below.


Light


 You can see the sort of stripe, or Saddle on the dog's back. I'm not to sure if this is what Star's markings are suppose to be, or if this Saddle Back, i just what Star's markings are based on.


Colour


Here is the head of a Saddle Back. There are no markings on the face's of these dogs and they only come in this colour. But to me, the face expression is quite similar to Star's. I wasn't able to find a three striped Saddle Back, but there may be some out there, i don't know. But i still think, that the stripes on Star, may have been based on the Saddle Back huskies.


Agouti


Now, i can see quite a similarity to this dog and Star. His colour may be a bit different but you can just see, on top of the light black or grey fur, there are two deep black stripes! This dog is also saddle back. This dog is quite small, like Star, and has a similar expression. Even his markings are rather similar. His tale isn't too busy and is rather small, also like Star's. I can see wuite a lot of resemblence in the Saddle Back huskies, and Star.


Face Markings: I have seen huskie's before with Star's markings. Huskies have various markings on their faces. There's the eyepatched and striped huskies, the ones that looks like Steele. The no-eyepatches, but still a stripe, like Jenna. There are loads and loads and i really can't be bothered mentioning them all! Some are specified to a certian colour, but most i think, can be found with all colours. I didn't really lok much for the markings, cause i know they are there! But i have got a few pics which i picked up, just to show you.


Pics Article


Now, same eye makings, and even a similar expression! This husky does look a bit different from Star, he is only a model for the eye markings. Here is another pic below.


Stripe


these huskie's also have similar eye markings to Star. The bottom colour, or lighter colour, is arched high above the eyes, and there is no eyepatch or stripe across forehead. (also, notice at the back, i looks a bit like Stripes!)


Similar


This dog, even though the pics a bit small and a little hard to see (sorry about that, i enlargened it a bit but the quality isn't as good now, anway...). This dogs markings are the same. With the arch above the eyes and the darker or above colour of the hudky stretches inbetween the arches right down to the noze. Just like Star!


Colour: Star's colour is puzzling. He is a purply-pinkish colour and is hard to find in husky breeds.


Stripes


Some has said his colour is quite like Agouti huskies. Hmm... i'm not to sure about this myself, for agouti seem to be more of a muddy brownish-grey colour, but i can see why this colour was suggested. Agouti is a sort of mix of colours. Like i said, they are muddy brown and grey colours. So, i would have to say no, but i could be wrong. But here are some other dog colours i thought could be quite alike to Star's colour:


Cross


This colour, is called Sable it's not to alike to Star's though, but in reality it may be quite similar. There are sort of striped on the back also, but i'm not very sure about this.


Lot


This is the colour light red. This is also a possibility, but i am still not sure. I can see Star being this colour in real life. I think because light red is a peach-pink, light light orange (no purple though, but i can't really imagine a dog being close to the purple colou of Star) which is similar to his colour. So for Star's colour, i would have to go with light red. His colour on the film is obvioulsy stretched a bit, but in real life, i could see him being this colour.






Right, now, if you mix all these together...


Though


For the Stripes, this could be from the Saddle Back husky. Or, could just be brought out from the normal huskies fur, when sometimes the density brings out three or two dark stripes! Such as the second pic at the top, of the two huskies backs, you can see there are dark marks on the back, this could be the source of Star's striped back. Just the normal dense fur that appears like three to stripes on the back, or the stripes could be from Saddle Back!


Dog


The colour? Well, i would have to say light red with possibly a mix with Sable or Agouti. The colour still, may not match exactly to Star's, but ti would be pretty close i think! Thats my guess for Star's coat...


Colou


For the markings, its pretty easy. Star has the same face markings as many normal living huskies! But there are some things i haven't mentioned. Like Star's socks on his feet? Another reason why he might be crossed colour with Agouti huskies. A lot of these huskies (Agouti) have socks on their feet!






So, what do i think overall? Well, it took a lot of my time, and a lot of research. But i know think, that Star is a Siberian Husky, with the colour cross of Light Red, Agouti and Saddle Back. I think Star is a cross between two of these, with the other in his blood and it comes out quite well. If you find this hard to believe, take my dog for example, he is a breed cross with whippit in his blood. And even though he looks nothing like a whippet and the whippet part of him is far far in the past, he is an incredibly fast dog! I think that Star is a colour cross with Agouti and Light Red, with Saddle Back in his blood. What do they get from these colours? Well, i believe that Star's colour is a mix between these two colours (Agouti and Light Red), and they make the pinkish colour of Star! The Agouti part of him contributes to the colour and changes the light red, but also gives Star his socks. And the light red gives him pinkish colour. What about the Saddle Back? Possibly the saddle stipe on the back, or from a normal huskies dense fur stripes just 'exagerated' by the animators (like i said before). But also, i believe, Star gets his personality a little bit from Saddle Back. Look at these pics below...


Red


Look at that twist at the end of his mouth! That expression!


Saddle


Look at this dogs lazy/calm look, i think the expression is very much alike to Star's! And look at these pics below, the innocent face, i think the personality and expressions in these dogs are just like Star's!


Striped  Pic 


So, there you have it. Why i think Star looks like he does, and why he has that peronality that we all love!


Huskies






To be continued again!


 


 


 






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St3ph3nS
St3ph3nS
October 29, 2012
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Nice! Thanks for this article, I always wanted to know what breed of dog my favourite cartoon character was. ^^ I also think Star is a husky, but the only thing that I see different on his body is his ears, I can't remember what dog i've seen with those ears before.

CanzetYote
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te
May 10, 2012
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You know, for all we know Star could be some space alien dog. It might explain his eccentric behavior and look. Still, Star is easily my favorite character.

Guest
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July 29, 2010
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I think to Star is a Husky,but when i create Star's Brother,the mods say Star isn't a Husky,so i chance the Breed to half Husky,half AKK .

June 25, 2009
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Great article!! i LOVE it! well done!

April 05, 2009
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Looking for one to take me in
I don't care what you all say, Star is an Alaskan Klee Klai and my opinion will never change.

Guest
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August 25, 2007
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Wul, I think "Klee Kai means mini husky

October 28, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I think it's more informative than the others on breeds. i
like it alot!

October 08, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
I think there are no breeds to the characters only a few
that were told in the movie. My reason why is there just
drawing dogs because for example Star, was ment to be a
funny little rascle such as there are normaly a funny little
rascle in every cartoon movie to make it funny. Normaly
there a little beat up look'n like star.

Guest
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September 17, 2006
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Good job! I love Star and sometimes I think he does'nt even
look like a husky! You are such a good observer!

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August 23, 2006
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Heh heh. Very nicely done, Highland! My compliments on your meticulous research. As others here said, most of the other articles are haphazard mentions of bloopers and silly nonsense. Waste of bandwidth. It's refreshing to see someone so young taking time time to analyze and form an educated conclusion. We may never know what the production designers of the Balto movie were thinking in terms of each breed, but you did a pretty good job of explaining it! And I have thought myself that the unusual saddle markings on Star and the background huskies might be evidence of the "piebald" or "saddleback" variations in the Siberian Husky breed. Well done! :wink:

August 12, 2006
Uk Female Is not currently on the site
lol wow! cool! ^^

August 11, 2006
Usa Is not currently on the site
ZOMG!! that's what I thought too!

August 11, 2006
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Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my article, i am glad that you agree with me and enjoy reading them! Orion, it took a long time! About 2 hours to find out about it and write it all down! Maybe even longer! Thanks for your comment ^^

August 10, 2006
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I have never read such an article! Most articles are bloopers! Based on your research, I agree completely! Very, very excellant article! How long did it take to reasearch and write this article?

August 09, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
exellent research!!!!!
wow!!!

August 07, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
You obviously put alot of thought and effort into this article. The markings are the same in my opinion. Great article!:icon299: :icon307:

August 07, 2006
Usa Is not currently on the site
Thats an awesome article:P

August 06, 2006
Canada Female Is not currently on the site
amazing article! it was veru well researched and thought out, and you got your point across quite cleary! good job! :)

August 05, 2006
Canada Female Is not currently on the site
Boy that must have been a mouth full to write on the site. Good reaserch!!!

August 05, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Great artical alot of people should use your artical as an example and acctualy work for answers.

August 05, 2006
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oh yes and :icon108:

August 05, 2006
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wonderful work!! I think star IS a very puzzling character, and this is about as far as you'll EVER get into researching about him, well, unless you ask some people who worked for it lol

August 05, 2006
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oh wow! that was a great article:P

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August 04, 2006
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Star is not the only dog in Balto with those weird stripes. I think Nikki has them too. And, saddlebacked huskies don't have stripes like that! I had a goudy-white husky, who was white as a puppy but darkened to mixed gray.
Honestly, I don't care much about the breeds in Balto because none of the dogs are very realistic. I love the pictures, though! They're all beautiful dogs.

Guest
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August 04, 2006
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Good article!:icon299:

August 03, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Wow,this is long!It took me ages to read it!;)

August 03, 2006
Australia Female Is not currently on the site
good finds i love articles like this find more!!:P :Love: :embarassed:

Guest
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August 03, 2006
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That was great! you must have been working on it for a while! :icon299:

August 03, 2006
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
wow very good article^^

August 02, 2006
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Great job! Well done!!I agree! In all the thoughts!!!!I don't know what to say!!!You're right!!!:P

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