The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog, quick and light on their feet and free and graceful in action. Their
moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest their Northern heritage. Their
characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. He performs his original function in harness most capably,
carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances. His body proportions and form reflect this basic
balance of power, speed and endurance. The males of the Siberian Husky breed are masculine but never coarse; the
females are feminine but without weakness of structure. In proper condition, with muscle firm and well developed, the
Siberian Husky does not carry excess weight.
Siberian Huskies love to run and must be kept under control at all times. If you own a Siberian Husky it is of the utmost
importance you have a fenced-in yard. Siberian Huskies shed non-stop, if you have an aversion to dog hair think
about getting a different breed. Siberian Huskies value company from people or other dogs. This friendly and gentle
dog makes a wonderful companion.
The most important breed characteristics of the Siberian Husky are medium size, moderate bone, well balanced
proportions, ease and freedom of movement, proper coat, pleasing head and ears, correct tail, and good disposition.
Any appearance of excessive bone or weight, constricted or clumsy gait, or long, rough coat should be penalized. The
Siberian Husky never appears so heavy or coarse as to suggest a freighting animal; nor is he so light and fragile as to
suggest a sprint-racing animal. In both sexes the Siberian Husky gives the appearance of being capable of great
The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle, but also alert and outgoing. They do not
display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor are they overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other
dogs. Some measure of reserve and dignity may be expected in the mature dog. Their intelligence, tractability, and
eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing worker.
Did You Know
Native to Siberia, the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in 1909. The Siberian Husky was originated by the
Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog. When changing conditions forced these
semi-nomadic natives to expand their hunting grounds, they responded by developing a unique breed of sled dog,
which met their special requirements and upon which their very survival depended. AKC recognition of the Siberian
Husky was granted in 1930 and the first AKC registered Siberian Husky was named Fairbanks Princess Chena. Shortly
after 1900, Americans in Alaska began to hear accounts of this superior strain of sled dog in Siberia. The first team of
Siberian Huskies made its appearance in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race of 1909. The same year a large number of
them were imported to Alaska by Charles Fox Maule Ramsay, and his team, driven by John "Iron Man" Johnson, won
the grueling 400-mile race in 1910. For the next decade Siberian Huskies, particularly those bred and raced by
Leonhard Seppala, captured most of the racing titles in Alaska, where the rugged terrain was ideally suited to the
endurance capabilities of the breed.