10 Warm Facts About Huskies

Siberian huskies are known for their wolfish good looks, but deep down, they’re all dog.

3. A group saved a small town in Alaska.

In1925, the childrenof Nomecamedown with the widelyfeareddiseasecalled diphtheria. The closest anti-toxin was 1000 miles away in a hospitalin Anchorage. The train could onlytake the medicine so far, and it was up tomushers with teams of sled dogs to transportthe package theremaining 674 miles.

Twentymushersandtheir sleddogs battled thebitter coldin a relayto getthe medicine there safely. It took127.5hourstocompletethemission, butthe medicine madeit to thevillage. The final leg wascompleted by a black Siberian huskyand histeam. When finally reachingtheirdestination, the dogs were hailed asheroes andappeared in newspapersacross thecountry.

If thisstory soundsfamiliar, youmight rememberitfrom the animated movie, Balto. Youcan see a statueof Balto in New York’sCentralPark (the real Balto isstuffed andmounted at the Cleveland Museumof Natural History).


4. A lot of features help keep them warm.

Huskieshave athick double coat that keepsthem wellinsulated. Theirundercoat is short and warm, while the overcoat is long and water-resistant. Theiralmond-shapedeyesallowthem tosquintto keep out snow. Huskies willwrap their tails aroundtheir faces whilethey sleep; their breathwarms the tail andkeepsthenose and faceprotectedfrom thecold.

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