The Siberian Husky originated in Northern Siberia, which is now part of Russia. They are a working-class breed that is one of the descendants of the original sled dog. They were recognized as part of the Working Group by the American Kennel Club in 1930. Siberian Huskies, also affectionately referred to as Sibes, are known for being one of the most versatile and athletic working breeds. Here are a few more facts about Siberian Huskies:
1. They can be Escape Artists
Siberian Huskies have an urge to wander and a desire to run. They were originally bred to pull sleds full of supplies over long distances and have maintained that high energy and urge to roam. With plenty of exercise, the urge to wander tends to be curbed.
After all, a tired dog is a happy dog. However, this dog breed can be a professional escape artist, especially when they are fully grown and even more so if they are bored and haven’t gotten enough exercise. A tall fence they can’t jump over, climb, or dig under is a necessity for any bored Husky pup. Their desire to run won’t go away though, so it’s important that they are leashed, harnessed, or in a fenced-in area at all times.
2. Balto is the Most Famous Siberian Husky
The Disney movie Balto was based on a true story. In the movie, Balto was a wolfdog, a mix between a Siberian Husky and a wolf. The real-life Balto was a 3-year-old Siberian Husky who led the final team on what would become known as the “Great Race of Mercy”.
In 1925, the town of Nome, Alaska was hit with a diphtheria epidemic. The closest supply of the lifesaving antidote was more than 500 miles away in Anchorage. Because of the freezing weather, planes couldn’t get off the ground and the only choice was to employ teams of sled dogs.
A 650-mile freight route called the Iditarod Trail was the only connection Nome had to the railroad station in Nenana. It normally took about a month for a dog sled to complete the trip, but that would be too long for the people of Nome. The only way for Nome to get the serum in time would be to set up a relay of dog sled teams. Around 20 mushers volunteered their combined 150 sled dogs and were led by legendary musher Leonhard Seppala.
Once the serum was retrieved from the railroad station in Nenana, it was passed off to a new team every 24 to 52 miles. The last team was Guuner Kaasen’s with Balto as the lead dog. The trip was completed in five and a half days. Balto became a symbol for the whole effort and remains one of the most honored hero dogs and famous canine celebrities. Every March, mushers compete with their sled dogs in the Iditarod Race, which follows this famous route, to honor the original journey.
3. They are Great Search & Rescue Dogs
As a highly intelligent dog breed and a working dog, the Siberian Husky is easily bored, but having a job to do tends to keep them entertained. Their sharp nose, sturdy structure, endurance, and thick fur make them a good fit for search & rescue work in cold climates. During WWII, they served in the Army’s Arctic Search & Rescue Unit of the Air Transport Command. They also served in the famous Byrd Antarctic expeditions.
4. They Make Great Family Dogs
Sibes are pack dogs, which means they love being part of a family. They get along well with other dogs and do well with children due to a strong maternal instinct. Early socialization will help your Siberian Husky fit right into the pack seamlessly. However, they have a very high prey drive, so they may not be able to resist chasing down other small animals.
Because they are one of the most active dog breeds and as a working breed, Siberian Huskies are happiest when they are active with their families and have a job to do. They are a great fit for families that live an active lifestyle where they can be included.
These are just a few facts about Siberian Huskies. If you think this is the right dog breed for you, check out the available Siberian Husky puppies. You could end up finding your best friend!