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 believe. The breed was originally developed by the Chukchi people of north-eastern 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.A. on a personal appearance tour. While in New England she 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.