Originally known as Chukchis, Huskies were used for hundreds of years by the Chukchi Tribe in Eastern Siberia as watchdogs as well as to hund and pull sleds. Thought to originate Spitz stock, Huskies developed thick coats for the extremely cold conditions and showed hardiness working for long hours in packs. Later, they were brought to Alaska by fur traders but became more famous in dog racing in the early 20th Century.
One of the finest moments in Husky History occurred in 1925 when 150 Siberian Huskies travelled 674 miles across Alaska in an astonishing five and a half days to deliver life-saving medicine to the people in the town of Nome. They even have a statue in Central Park, New York to remember this legendary journey.
Siberian Huskies may look adorable but they can certainly be a handful. Determined and energetic, huskies are a loveable but challenging breed that can sometimes be a little too much for a first time owner to handle. They also have a reputation for escaping, so an enclosed garden is a must.
Huskies have two layers of fur that is pretty low maintenance for the most part, but they do shed their heavy coat roughly twice a year, be ready for a lot of hair and regular brushing in spring and autumn.
Hailing from the cold climates of Siberia, Huskies aren’t naturally suited to hot weather so shouldn’t be walked during the hottest parts of the day and need nice shady areas to cool down during the summer.
Siberian Huskies are difficult to train and not suited for a first time dog owner. With an experienced owner who shows persistence, they’ll make wonderful family dogs.