Siberian Husky – Canine Movie Star
All types of Siberian husky dogs have one thing in common, as they can trace their ancestry back to the sled dogs of the Northern Hemisphere. These early sled dogs were also called “huskies”. Other descendants of ancient Huskies include the Siberian husky, the Samoyed, and the Alaskan malamute. All of these modern sled dogs originated from various Northern Hemisphere countries such as Siberia, Canada, Greenland, and Labradors. The Siberian husky gets its name from the Siberian region and an Inuit tribe, called “huskies” by early Caucasian traders.
White Siberian Huskies were valued for their ability to blend in with snow, helping to thwart predators. Proving time and again as one of man’s best friends, the Siberian Husky made it possible for man to extend his reach across lands that would otherwise have been unreachable. Admiral Robert Peary used Siberian huskies as part of his expeditions in search of the North Pole. In 1925, Siberian Huskies heroically delivered diphtheria serum to more than six hundred miles of snow in Nome, Alaska.
If you’ve ever seen the Iditarod, one of the most famous dog races in history, then you’ve seen a re-enactment of the historic delivery of the diphtheria serum. The annual Iditarod celebrates the 1925 event.
The classification of a white Siberian husky is not based on the color of the coat, but on a certain action of the dogs’ genes. There are a few different types of white Siberian husky. For example, an Isabella White Siberian Husky is usually monochromatic, with jet black spots. The points can also be liver or meat tone. Isabella White Siberian Huskies has a white undercoat with varying shades of beige above the hock and elbow, on the ears, on the saddle, and polished in the center of the tail.
A pure white Siberian Husky is a rare version of the breed, with a silver tip and a silver or white undercoat. The spots can be black, liver or flesh colored, but black hair on the body is rare and occasional. This type of Siberian husky is created with a genetic mix that completely restricts pigments throughout the body.
The white Siberian husky is rarely used for dog sled racing today because the Alaskan husky, a faster dog, is the preferred dog for competitive dog sled racing. However, dogs still drag loads through the snow. Many winter sports enthusiasts who keep Siberian Huskies as pets enjoy recreational mushing with their dogs.
Other contemporary tasks enjoyed by all types of Siberian Husky dogs include skijoring, a winter sport in which Siberian Huskies work in groups of one to three skiers. Dogs also run through the snow through UK forests.
The entertainment industry makes extensive use of Siberian huskies. A team of Huskies starred in the Disney films Snow Dogs and Iron Will. Stephane Dion, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, owns a white Siberian Husky named Kyoto, per the Kyoto Protocol. Siberian Huskies are also popular college pets as Jonathan represents the University of Connecticut; King represents Northeastern University; and Blizzard T. Husky represents Michigan Technological University.