The Siberian Husky is native to Siberia as their name suggests. The Chukchi people trained them for hundreds of years to pull sleds. The Chukchi were a semi-nomadic people who used the Siberian Huskies ability to pull sleds for long distances with light loads, which made the dog an excellent companion for them. Through recent DNA testing it has been found that the Siberian Husky is one of the oldest living breeds of dog. The Siberian Husky wasn't brought to the United States until 1909 when the breed took part in the All Alaska Sweepstakes Race. After their initial appearance a number of the dogs were imported to Alaska and the breed actually won the same race in the following year. In the years following, the Siberian Husky breed not only went on to win many different races but they also gained much fame for their great speed and endurance. The American Kennel Club finally recognized the Siberian Husky as a breed in 1930. The breed is still widely used in various sledding, carting and racing events today. In fact the popularity of these activities is due to the Siberian Husky. Although it is becoming less common to see the Siberian Husky in such events since they are being replaced by the Alaskan Husky, which is bred specifically for speed. This is why some have started a movement in order to create races specifically for the Siberian Husky. Instead of completing, the Siberian Husky is taking on their newest role as hiking companion, therapy dog and devoted house pet. Often times the Siberian Husky is confused with the Alaskan Malamute. However, the Alaskan Malamute is easily identified by their heavy build since they were bred for draft work and not speed. The Siberian Husky also have a unique appearance. Part of this is a double coat that helps to insulate their body against hot and cold weather. They also have a long tail that helps to protect their noses when they are asleep. Overall the full-grown male Siberian Husky will stand twenty-one to twenty-three and one half inches at their withers with the females being slightly smaller. For females their ideal weight ranges between thirty-five to fifty pounds depending on their size and the males can be up to ten pounds more in weight. The bone density and build of a Siberian Husky should be moderate and never slight or dense. In overall appearance the Siberian Husky is slightly longer than they are in height. The ideal Siberian Husky according to breed standards displays a picture of balance, grace and athletic ability. The eyes can be brown or blue and sometimes even one of each color or speckled. A white mask around their face often enhances their eye color. The overall facial expression of the Siberian Husky is one of friendliness, alertness and even a rogue appearance. The Siberian Husky color can range from white to black but most are black or red with white markings or shaded gray. Rather than focus on color, the importance of a Siberian Husky is their ability to perform with speed, ease and stamina. There is a long and distinguished history behind the Siberian Husky breed. The appearance and ability of the breed requires specific Siberian Husky information.