The Siberian Husky is a very distinctive looking dog, with their thousand-yard stare, thick, heavy coats, pointed ears, and alert posture. They are certainly one of the dog breeds that appear very similar physically to the wolf, and along with other dogs that contain Husky breeding (Such as the Northern Inuit Dog) they are commonly used to portray the role of wolves in films and on TV shows. Many people who are not familiar with dogs at all often assume that Huskies actually are wolves, or that they at least have a very recent history of cross-breeding with wolves, and it is easy to see why!
If you are wondering what the truth of the matter is, and exactly how closely related Huskies are to wolves, read on to find out more about their common ancestry and the similarities and differences that they possess.
Siberian Husky origins
As the name suggests, the Siberian Husky originates from Siberia, Russia’s cold, frozen lands. The breed as we know it today was originally developed by the Chukchi people, native to Siberia, for use as sled dogs. This meant that the dogs could be used to pull sleds over very long distances without tiring, regardless of how cold the weather was or how challenging the journey.
Siberian Husky was first imported to North America and other parts of the world in large numbers during the early part of the 20th Century, where they garnered a lot of attention for their prowess at pulling sleds and was consequently cross-bred with many other breeds in the mission to produce the perfect sled dog. The American Kennel Club considers all sled dogs to have some relation to or Siberian Husky ancestry in its current form.