The Siberian husky breed belongs to the spitz family. Huskies are an active, energetic, strong breed whose ancestors came from the extremely cold and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic. Siberian huskies were bred by the Chuckchi people to carry heavy loads. The dogs were imported to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush, then later they spread into the United States and Canada. Siberian huskies were initially sent to Alaska and Canada as sled dogs, but people started keeping them as pets.