sled dogs running in the wilderness of Kirkenes

Photo: Christian Kruse

Explore icy magic: Five fun facts about huskies

With their boundless energy and striking eyes, huskies are stars of the canine world, especially in the realm of dog sledding.  

Here’s a condensed journey through five amusing and enlightening facts about these captivating dogs and the thrilling sport they excel in. 

Huskies are born to run 

Huskies were originally bred by the Chukchi people in Siberia to pull sleds over long distances. They possess incredible stamina and can run up to 160 km (100 mi.) a day with minimal food. 

Dog racing at Finnmarksløpet
Photo: Konrad Konieczny

Mesmerizing eyes 

Perhaps their most enchanting feature is their eyes—blue, brown, or one of each. This distinctive trait adds to their mystical charm, captivating the hearts of all who meet them. 

Blue eyed husky

Vocal virtuosos 

Huskies are known for their wide range of vocalizations. From howls to “talks,” they communicate with their pack and humans alike, making each interaction uniquely engaging. 

woman holding up a husky puppy
Photo: Folgefonna Husky Camp

“Cool” coats 

Their double coat isn’t just for show—it’s a vital shield against extreme cold, allowing them to thrive in temperatures as low as -60°C (-76°F). This natural insulation makes them suited for snowy landscapes rather than sunny retreats. 

Husky tour in winter
Photo: Beito Husky Winter Tour

Energy-efficient running style 

Huskies regulate their energy during long runs by alternating between galloping and trotting, maintaining speed without getting exhausted. Their efficiency makes them excellent sled dogs, capable of crossing long, snow-covered distances. 

Dog sledding in snow
Photo: Tromsø Wilderness Center

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