Siberian Husky Origin

Siberian Husky Origin

Siberian Husky Origin

The Siberian Husky, as the name suggests, originates from the Siberia region of far north-east Russia. The Chukchi people of this region developed the dog over many hundreds of years. The dog was bred to pull heavy loads over long distances in the extreme cold and wind. A team of Huskies would enable men to head out hunting and fishing many miles from home, and return the same day before dark fall. The dogs were part of everyday family life; friends for the children, and at night keeping the family warm inside living quarters.

How did Huskies come to America

Siberian huskies pulling a sled

The Siberian Husky was introduced to America via way of Alaska in 1909. A fur trader named Gdosak acquired a team of dogs and brought them over from Siberia for dog racing. The Alaskan gold rush of the early 20th century brought people to the region. Racing was a way of adding excitement to the often difficult and gritty work of digging for gold. Over the next two decades, more Siberian dogs were imported until the Soviet Government stopped the trading of dogs in 1930. By then a suitable number of breeding stock was present and the breed thrived. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1930.

Over in Europe, the Siberian Husky made sporadic appearances also in the early 20th century, but it was not until the 1960s and 70s that introduction of more dogs and breeding stock established. Further away in places like Australia it took until the late 20th century for Huskies to gain popularity, but are now one of the more popular breeds in the country.

Nowadays most Huskies just pull a leash with the owner behind them :), but if you are keen, you can train your Husky to pull a sled or load. If you are interested in this topic and want to learn basic tips and commands to train your Husky puppy to pull a sled, you really should read this – Pull training for Siberian Husky puppies

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