Siberian Huskies are strong, hard-working dogs. As their name suggests, they come originally from Northeast Siberia, where they were bred to withstand extreme arctic conditions, and they came to the United States by way of Alaska in the early 1900s. Huskies are best known for their job as sled dogs, and their love to be outdoors in the cold weather. They love children and make excellent family pets. While highly intelligent, these dogs also have a mind of their own and may require some patience while training. Huskies are medium sized, and typically weigh in at around 40-50 lbs.
After a team of Siberian Huskies won the 400-mile All Alaska Sweepstakes Race in 1910, the breed remained victorious for the remainder of the decade, winning most of the racing titles in Alaska.
One of the oldest dog breeds, the Husky originated among the Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads who used teams of Huskies as a means of survival, sledding vast distances to expansive hunting grounds. They got along well with the children of the tribe, often serving as sleeping companions that provided a warm source of natural bedding.