husky

husky

[huhs-kee]
husky: see Siberian husky.

Breed of dog developed in Siberia by the Chukchi people, who used it as a sled dog, companion, and guard. It was brought to Alaska in 1909 for sled-dog races and became established as a consistent winner. A graceful dog with erect ears and a dense, soft coat, it stands 20–24 in. (51–60 cm) and weighs 35–60 lbs (16–27 kg). It is usually gray, tan, or black and white; head markings may resemble a cap, mask, or spectacles. The breed, kept pure for hundreds of years in Siberia, is noted for intelligence and a gentle temperament.

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Husky is a general term for several breeds of dogs used as sled dogs. Because of their strength and stamina, the name "Husky" is popular for products and for sports mascots. Huskies were originally used as sled dogs in northern regions but are now also kept as pets.

Breeds of sled dog

Companies

Aircraft

Mascots of schools

Other

  • Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington
  • The Toronto Huskies, a defunct National Basketball Association team
  • Ferlin Husky, a country-western singer
  • Huskies was a variety of bran cereal offered by Post Cereals in the 1940s
  • Husky, a project to develop a complete free suite of portable Fidonet applications
  • Husky (computer), a British rugged handheld computer manufactured in the early 1980s

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