Behind the Breed: The Siberian Husky

Behind the Breed: Siberian Husky

By Michele Forto

Behind the breed is an ongoing series to assist in you choosing the right breed for yourself and family.

The Siberian Husky – Is a strong medium-sized dog that loves to work and is loyal to his family. According to the American Kennel Club; The Siberian Husky was originated by the Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog.  The Siberian Husky took notice by Americans in Alaska right around 1900.  The first team of Siberian Huskies made its appearance in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes Race of 1909.  The All-Alaska Sweepstakes Race was a grueling 400-mile race.  Charles Fox Maule Ramsey imported the Siberian Husky into Alaska and John “Iron Man” Johnson won the All-Alaska Sweepstakes Race of 1910 with this stout hearty nordic breed.  In the following decade Siberian Huskies were bred and raced by Leonhard Seppala, who captured most of the racing titles in Alaska.

In 1925, the city of Nome was stricken with diphtheria, sled dog drivers in Alaska including Seppala, were called upon to deliver the antitoxin to Nome. This brought a lot of attention to Seppala and his little huskies.  Seppala was invited to tour and compete in sled dog races in New England and was able to showcase the superior racing ability of his Siberian Huskies.  In 1930, the American Kennel Club recognized the Siberian Husky.

Siberian Huskies have played many roles in the history of expeditions for the United States.  They were on several Byrd Antarctic Expeditions as well as the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit during World War II.

The Siberian Husky is naturally friendly and gentle in temperament. He possess at times an independent nature, and although very alert, in many cases lacks the aggressive or protective tendencies of a watchdog. He is by nature fastidiously clean and free from the body odors that many dense coated breeds have.  Although remarkable for his adaptability to all kinds of living conditions, his natural desire to roam makes a measure of control necessary at all times.  The understanding owner will find the Siberian Husky an enjoyable companion in country or city.  He has endeared himself to dog fanciers everywhere by his versatility, striking beauty, and amiable disposition.

As an owner, breeder, and musher of Siberian Huskies I have found them to be independent in their trainability but always by my side.  Siberian Huskies make great companions to people who lead active lifestyles and like doing things with their pets.  Huskies love to work and will pull just about anything for you. They are wonderful around children.  I recommend this breed to people who are active but I also recommend this breed to people who aren’t as active.  A Siberian Husky will be the best friend you ever had as long as you remember to guide him and train him well.

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Michele Forto is the Denver Dog Training Examiner and the business manager for Denver Dog Works. Michele can be reached through her website at


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