Types Of Huskies

Husky is the name for a type of dog originally used to pull sleds in northern regions. The several types of huskies were landrace breeds kept by Arctic indigenous people who were travelling, in order to hunt seals and find wood for their houses. As a result they needed fast animals that could endure harsh weather conditions. Not one, not two, but in fact many times have those dogs proven to be vital for the survival of their owners thanks to their speed, agility, and endurance. Whether their owner was injured and they needed to carry him on the sleigh, or whether they had to run fast so that they got away from enemies and invaders in search of a safer hideout, the various types of huskies have always come through.

In the beginning, there were basically two main types of huskies: the Malamute and the Siberian Husky. The first one was small, agile, and by far the fastest of the two; but the other was large and powerful (in fact it is still the largest sled dog). Some less common types of huskies were: the Alaskan husky (which is a type of sled dog found in Alaska rather than Siberia or other Artic areas), the Mackenzie River Husky (which is a subtype referring to different dog populations in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Alaska and Canada), as well as the Sakhalin Husky (which is a Japanese sled dog related to the Japanese Spitz and the Akita Inu).

In time, these types of huskies were then crossbred with other breeds in order to enhance abilities such as speed, intelligence and beauty. As a result, we can now find different types of Huskies with different physical characteristics, since they have been bred for different reasons and purposes. That explains why they look so different from one other both in color and size; each breed is trained and is biologically inclined to do a different job. More specifically, there are: Snow Huskies, which are bred mostly for their stunning and exotic appearance, and their job is basically to seduce you with their good looks. The second type is the “Working Husky” or “Seppala Husky” that is still used for sledding and working. The aim when breeding this dog was to breed a husky that would be