As its name implies this Spitz type breed originated in the Siberia. They are not that far removed from their wolf ancestors, that is noticeable both in their wolf-like features and their strong prey drive that remains intense to this very day. DNA analyses prove that they are one of the oldest breeds still in existence. They were bred as work dogs that were used for pulling sleighs with heavy loads over the frozen wastes. This makes them both highly resilient to cold environments as well as full of stamina.
The name Husky is a deformed word “Esky” which was used to refer to Eskimos, who were known for using these dogs. They were first brought to America in larger numbers during the initial stages of Alaska gold rush, and quickly replaced the previously used, burlier dogs. Even though they were brought, and at first, primarily used as working dogs, they soon became popular pets even among people who didn’t need a work dog. Their stamina, resilience to low temperatures and unquestioning obedience made them a staple of polar research as well as life saving expeditions such as the one that was lead by Gunnar Kaasen and the goal of which was to deliver diphtheria serum to the remote Alaskan city of Nome. This mission not only prevented numerous deaths, but also stopped an epidemic from developing. Huskies have found numerous other applications, both in military and in research expeditions and have always justified the faith invested in them.
Today’s American Huskies are most probably descendants of the last large batch that was imported into America in 1930. It was in that same year that they were recognized by the American Kennel Club, and that they have been granted the permission to be displayed in shows and be valued for their beauty and grace as well as for their endurance and perseverance.