As the name suggests, these sturdy sled dogs originate from Siberia, where they were used by the Chukchi peoples. Able to move at reasonable speeds over long distances with fairly heavy loads, the Siberians were workdogs by day and companions (and furry heaters!) for humans at night. During summer, the dogs were allowed to run free, hunting for themselves. Over the centuries this led to Siberians retaining strong pack characteristics while at the same time being very good-natured and affectionate. In 1909, Siberian Huskies were brought to Alaska by fur traders, where they were used for racing as well as working.