The husky was primarily used by the Chukchi tribe off the eastern Siberian peninsula to herd reindeer, pull sleds and act as a watch dog. It was then brought over to Alaska for arctic races due to its high speed, great stamina and willingness to work. Since then, the Husky has been an excellent utility for man; bringing medicine during the diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska and serving in World War II in the Army's Arctic Search and Rescue Unit.
A Husky is a very good companion for an owner who is willing to put in a lot of time and energy into their pet. He is friendly, gentle, loves to play, but can also be destructive and disobedient if not given enough attention and proper training. He needs a lot of exercise due to his long history of pulling sleds and working and so it is recommended that he is taken for walks on a daily basis. He is good with children and strangers and will be a lovable member of any family.
This dog sheds its coat twice a year and during this period, his coat will need to be brushed frequently due to its heavy shedding. His fur should be brushed fairly often to prevent the build up of dirt and check his eyes, ears and nails from time to time.
Huskies are prone to a number of health issues such as hip dysplasia and eye defects, so yearly chek-ups by the vet is recommended.