Native to Siberia, the Chukchi people originally bred the Siberian Husky for use as a sled dog, as well as to herd reindeer. In 1909, the first group of Siberian Huskies was brought to Alaska in order to compete in the long-distance All-Alaska Sweepstakes races. Later, during the winter of 1925, a diphtheria epidemic in the isolated town of Nome, Alaska brought a relay of dog teams to deliver the life-saving serum. This event brought national attention to the Siberian Husky. Leonhard Seppala, a driver of one of the dog teams, brought his Huskies on a tour throughout the United States. While in New England, Seppala and his dogs competed in sled races, again proving the superiority of the Siberian Husky.
In 1930, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the Siberian Husky, listing the breed in the Working Group category.
The Siberian Husky is quick and graceful with a seemingly effortless gait. This breed is capable of carrying a light load at a moderate speed over long distances.
Considered a medium-sized dog, the Siberian Husky averages 21- to 23 ½- inches and weighs between 35 and 60 pounds. They have a thick double-layered, medium-length coat that acts as insulation against both cold and heat. Siberian Huskies come in a wide variety of colors, from pure white, solid black and dark grey to a combination of two or more. A variety of markings on the head is common.
A Siberian Husky’s eyes can be blue, brown, amber, or a combination. Eyes that are half blue and half brown are referred to as being parti-eyed. Having one blue and one brown eye is called “bi-eyed”.
The Siberian Husky has a wonderfully sociable, friendly, playful, and gentle temperament. They can also be willful and mischievous. This breed is very intelligent, though its inherent willfulness and independence can make it difficult to train. Patience and consistency are key with this breed.
Not known to be a one-man dog, the Siberian Husky will bond well with the entire family. The Siberian Husky has no fear of strangers, does not have the possessive qualities of a guard dog, and does not tend to bark. Consequently, this breed does not make a good watchdog.
The Siberian Husky does not like to be left alone. While they do not tend to be barkers, they will whine and howl when bored. If you plan to get a Siberian Husky but work long hours, you may want to consider getting a pair so that they will have each other for company. The nature of this breed makes them fond of pack life.
Siberian Huskies are good with other dogs, particularly if brought up together. However, the Husky’s predatory instincts are strong. Small animals, such as squirrels, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and even cats, are potential victims of this breed. They are quick and patient hunters.
Siberian Huskies love to run and make excellent jogging partners. The combination of their love of running and their predatory nature can be dangerous if left unattended. This breed should always be kept leashed or within a fenced yard.
The Siberian Husky requires little regular grooming and they do not tend to shed much. However, twice a year, over the course of two to three weeks, this breed will shed most or all of its undercoat. At that time, they must be brushed regularly in order to remove the dead hair.