The internet is awash with misidentification of this beautiful breed, even knowledgeable and experienced expedition makers have been known to make mistakes – or at least a slip of the tongue:
“…when I did go to Mongolia in actual fact the Mongol’s have mainly huskies and wolves, they don’t have dogs…”
Brian Blessed – QI (Series 9 – Episode 16 – Ice)
Siberian Huskies are in fact dogs…
They hold no-closer relation to wolves than any other of our breeds. It is even often claimed that the Chihuahua has closer DNA to the wild wolf than any of the northern-breeds. We’re not entirely sure how true this statement is, and probably depends on an individuals scientific interpretation of the DNA data.
Non-the-less, it stands to reason that you shouldn’t have any pre-conceptions about Siberian Huskies based purely on their ‘wolf-like’ appearance…although they aren’t actually very wolf-like at all, but that’s for another day.
It is safe to assume that any physical traits a husky may posses that lead people to thinking it is a close relation to the wolf is simply genetic through environment, rather than from it’s origins. Their native environments are often the same.