The versatile Siberian Husky is has been our helper for a long time and across many, many miles! They are believed to descend from sled dogs developed and employed by the Chukchi Tribe of Siberia. Many Americans first came to know them when they were used in the 1908 All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, 408-mile long dogsled race. During WW2 they served in the Army’s Arctic Search and Rescue Unit. Siberian Huskies are generally regarded as hardy, low maintenance dogs, but they do need outlets for their boundless energy and regular brushing to keep their thick, double coats in good condition. They are adaptable, affectionate family members and do well in a variety of roles, be it pulling your sled or visiting the nursing home as a therapy dog. They have a strong prey instinct, necessitating proactive training and caution around small animals and other situations where sudden movement may incite a chase.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.