Siberian Huskies originated in Russia and were developed by the Chukchi people of northeast Asia as their only means of transportation. Famous for their sled-pulling strength, endurance and stamina, they descended from the original sled dog, which was confirmed as the “oldest breed of dog” by DNA analysis in 2004.
The Siberian Husky’s thick, dense coats are well suited for withstanding arctic temperatures of -50 to -60 degrees celsius. Siberian Huskies have often dominated in historic arctic sled races, and were even utilized by the United States Army Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II. The breed is credited also for assisting Robert Peary in his expedition to discover the North Pole. In addition, during diphtheria outbreaks in Alaska, Siberian Huskies were depended upon to transport lifesaving medicine.
Siberian Huskies have wolfish qualities and are known to howl, as well as roam away from their people, leading them to take on an “escape artist” reputation. While good with children, they can become destructive and full of high energy if kept indoors. They thrive on companionship with humans and other dogs, but might maintain predatory instincts with smaller pets.