Breed Group: Working (guard, herd reindeer, pull sleds )
Weight: 44 pounds (20 kg) – 75 pounds (34 kg)
Where From: Russia. The Chukchi people of the Siberia area breed the Siberian Husky. In the early 1900′s the breed was brought to Alaska as a cold weather working dog during the gold rush. This is one of the oldest breeds as confirmed through DNA testing.
Colours: from black to all white
Height: 21 inches (53 cm) to 23.5 inches (60 cm) at the shoulder
Unique: Two coats adequate to temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius.
Life expectancy: Typically they live to 11 – 15 years
Other Names: Husky, Icee, Chukcha
Famous/Movies: Siberians gained in popularity with the story of the “Great Race of Mercy,” the 1925 serum run to Nome, which made dogs Balto and Togo became famous after the story “Great Race of Mercy” about the 1925 serum run to Nome. Balto gained the most notoriety as the one who delivered the serum to the city of Nome. This after running in the final 53 miles.
The less famous Togo actually had the relay’s longest run of 91 miles.
Diefenbaker, the “half-wolf” in Due South TV show.
Related Breeds: Descended from Eskimo Dog.
Health: Primary genetic seizures and eye (juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy).Add site to favorites