What is a Siberian Husky?

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.

Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, and Alaskan Malamutes are all direct descendants from the ancient sled dog, used over 3000 years ago.  To put that in to perspective, the world’s favourite; the Labrador Retriever, was first recongnised in 1899.