Huskies were developed as working sled dogs over thousands of years by the Chukchi people living in the Siberian peninsula of northeast Asia.
The area is home to one of the most hostile and extreme climates in the world—where winds can reach 100 miles per hour and temperatures can drop to 100 degrees below zero. With teams of up to 20 dogs pulling their sleds out onto the ice in their search for food, the Chukchi relied on the dogs for survival, and the dogs were central to the people’s life and culture.
According to Chukchi belief, two huskies guard the gates of heaven. These guardians turn away anyone who was cruel to a dog during their life on earth.
How awesome is that!?
While we all have different beliefs on heaven, whether it’s real or not and what it will be like, I personally love the thought of being greeted by huskies when I leave this world behind!
Check out AKC’s website to learn more fun facts about Siberian Huskies!