Siberian Huskies orginate from Siberia. They are bred to be working dogs. They commonly pull dog sleds along with their cousin the Malamute.
comparing the Siberian Husky with the Alaskan Malamute.
comparing Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and Wolves.
about their history from the Siberian Husky Club of America webpage.
One of the characteristics of the personality of Siberian huskies is that they are to be independent and to not trust the owner when their instinct tells them to do otherwise safely. This is particularly critical while mushing when the dogs may be aware of dangers that the musher is not.
Siberian huskies were originally bred to be a "smallish, fast animal who could transport relatively light loads over long distances in the extreme sub-zero temperatures of northeast Asia" (1996).
Compared with many other dog breeds, they tend to have a clean, non-smelly coat that doesn't require frequent bathing, but it's a good idea to brush them frequently to keep their coat and skin healthy. They "blow" or shed their coat a couple of times a year.
Their size can vary from 50-55 pounds. They do not get as tall or as large as their relative the Malamute. Malamutes tend to be taller, heavier (can be up to 150 pounds) and have longer coats.
Sibes are a pack dog. They are very intelligent and like to be part of the family. They are not the type of dog to leave outside with nothing to do for hours. They will find something to occupy their time and you may notice that they're not in the backyard anymore. :-)
According to "The Siberian Husky: an owner's guide to a happy and healthy pet" (1996), they are bred to be a team player and thrive in the company of people and other dogs. They are also known to be independent and not a "clingy" or needy dog and can try the patience of an experienced dog trainer. They are conscious of the rules of the pack and will respond to a firm, but gentle leader.
Siberians come in many shades of color. The most commonly seen are black and white, grey and white, and silver and white. Less commonly seen are the red and white (the darker copper color and the lighter red) and the sable (brown) and white. Even rarer are the "piebald" which is an interesting pattern. See this
for photos of the various color patterns.
There are many variations of Siberian Huskies
Blue and Brown
to the American Kennel Club about the Siberian Husky breed.
Scott may decide to learn "Skijoring" which is skiing with the huskies pulling. See this
link to a pdf document
that shows pictures and talks about what Skijoring is. He already does this with running so why not skiing?
Some good books to read include the following:
Siino, B.S. (1996) The siberian husky: an owner's guide to a happy healthy pet. New York, NY: Howell Book House.