As the name suggests the Siberian Husky is native to Siberia. It was there that they were trained for hundreds of years to pull sleds by the Chukchi people. The Chukchi were a semi-nomadic tribe that used the Siberian Huskies to pull sleds with light loads for long distances, which made them an excellent companion for the tribe. DNA testing has recently found that the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. It wasn't until 1909 that the Siberian Husky was brought to the United States where it took part in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race. A number of Siberian Huskies were imported to Alaska after this initial appearance and the breed won the same race on the following year. The Siberian Husky breed not only went on to win many different races in the following years but it also gained fame for their great speed and endurance as well.
The American Kennel Club finally recognized the Siberian Husky as a breed in 1930. The breed is still widely used in various sledding, carting and racing events today. In fact the popularity of these activities is due to the Siberian Husky. Although it is becoming less common to see the Siberian Husky in such events since they are being replaced by the Alaskan Husky, which is bred specifically for speed. This is why some have started a movement in order to create races specifically for the Siberian Husky.
Instead of completing, the Siberian Husky is taking on their newest role as hiking companion, therapy dog and devoted house pet. Often times the Siberian Husky is confused with the Alaskan Malamute. However, the Alaskan Malamute is easily identified by their heavy build since they were bred for draft work and not speed. The Siberian Husky also have a unique appearance. Part of this is a double coat that helps to insulate their body against hot and cold weather. They also have a long tail that helps to protect their noses when they are asleep.
The typical height for the Siberian Husky at the withers is between twenty-one to twenty-three and one half inches with the female being slightly smaller. For a female Siberian Husky the ideal weight is between thirty-five to fifty pounds depending on the size of the dog and the male can weigh about ten pounds more. The bone density of a Siberian Husky should be moderate and never slight or dense. The Siberian Husky should have a slightly longer size than their height. The Siberian Husky breed standard states that the dog should have an overall display of balance, grace and athletic study. The main eye colors are brown and blue but they can even be one of each and sometimes speckled. The eye color of the dog may be enhanced by a white mask around the face. Overall the facial expression of the Siberian Husky is described as friendly, alert and even rogue. White to black is the range of coat color and most are black or red with white markings or shaded gray. Although color isn't the main importance of the Siberian Husky, rather it is their ability to perform with speed, ease and stamina.
The history of the Siberian Husky breed is both long and distinguished. There is specific Siberian Husky information about the appearance and ability of the breed.