The Siberian Husky is the only pure bred dog in Australia where the word "Husky" is part of the proper name. Husky being a corruption of the word "esky" which once was used for eskimos, and subsequently, their dogs.
The Siberian Husky is, and for centuries has been, a pure bred DOG - not a wild, half-wolf, cross-bred creature, as the uninformed may suggest. The breed was originally developed by the Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog. In 1909 the first large numbers of these Chukchi dogs were brought to Alaska to compete in the long distance All Alaska Sweepstakes races.
In the winter of 1925, when a diptheria epidemic broke out in the isolated town of Nome, Alaska, a relay of dog teams brought life-saving serum from distant Nenana. This heroic endeavour earned national prominence for the drivers and their dogs. One of these drivers, Leonhard Seppala, brought his team of Siberian Huskies, descendants of the original imports from Siberia, to the U.S. on a personal appearance tour. While in New England he competed in sled dog races, and again proved the superiority of Siberian Huskies over the native dogs.
The breed has since become very popular. It earned recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1930, and later in England, Europe and Australia.
The Siberian Husky has a delightful temperament, affectionate, but not fawning. This gentle and friendly disposition may be a heritage from the past, since the Chukchi people held their dogs in great esteem, housed them in the family shelters, and encouraged their children to play with them. The Siberian Husky is alert, eager to please, and adaptable. His intelligence has been proven, but his independent spirit may at times challenge your ingenuity. His versatility makes him an agreeable companion to people of all ages and varying interests.
While capable of showing great affection for his family, the Siberian Husky is not usually a one-man-dog. He exhibits no fear or suspicion of strangers, and will greet all cordially. This is not the temperament of a watch dog, although a Siberian Husky may unwittingly act as a deterrent to those ignorant of his true hospitable nature. If he lacks a fierce possessive instinct, he also lacks that aggressive quality which can sometimes cause trouble for the owner of an ill-trained or highly sensitive guard dog.
The Siberian Husky is a comparatively easy dog to care for. He is by nature fastidiously clean. He is presented in the Conformation Show Ring well groomed, but requires no trimming or clipping. At least once a year the Siberian Husky sheds his coat, and it is then that one realises the density and profusion of coat. Some people feel that this periodic problem is easier to cope with than the constant shedding and renewal of many srnooth coated breeds.
Chewing and digging is not uncommon with the Siberian Husky. Chewing is a habit acquired during teething, it can be channelled in the right direction. Digging the odd hole, or three, or four, is something the Siberian Husky has a proclivity for. This too, may be outwitted, circumvented, or, if you have the right area, indulged. Siberian Huskies will dig a hole in the summer to get to the cooler ground below, or in the snow after a run to snuggle down and keep warm and conserve energy.
The Siberian Husky is fairly easy to keep, requiring little food for their size. However, he requires plenty of exercise! His heritage has endowed him with the desire to run, and his conformation enables him to enjoy it effortlessly. BE WARNED one quick lope across a busy street could be his last run on this earth. Sufficient exercise for proper developement and well being can be obtained on a leash, in a large enclosure, or best of all, in harness. The Siberian Husky has a will of its own and will not care how long or how loud you yell. It must want to do as you ask, so make lessons brief and enjoyable, animate your voice.