Illustration of Siberian Husky

The lightest and fastest of the sled dogs, the Siberian Husky originates in the Northeast of Siberia and was known also as the Chukchi sled dog after the tribe of Eskimos who used the breed for long distance sled hauling. The extreme and remote location meant that breeding was kept undiluted for centuries as the Chukchi castrated all but the best ‘lead dogs’ and since the dogs lived alongside the families, they were bred selectively for working abilities and temperament.

By the early 20th Century the Siberian Husky had established itself as supreme in the world of sled racing and they have been part of many famous expeditions. In 1925 a team of Siberians came to the rescue of Nome, a town in Alaska that was suffering a major diphtheria epidemic. A relay of Husky teams transported the life-saving serum hundreds of miles. A statue commemorating the achievement of the dogs is located in Central Park, New York.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Working Breed Group

Over the centuries these dogs were selectively bred to become guards and search and rescue dogs. Arguably, the working group consists of some of the most heroic canines in the world, aiding humans in many walks of life, including the Boxer, Great Dane and St. Bernard. This group consists of the real specialists in their field who excel in their line of work.

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