We have been providing husky tours here at Korvala for 25 years and are third generation kennel owners. We've also been breeding pedigree Siberian Huskies under our own kennel name Usvatanssin Kennel for the last 10 years. The name means "mist dance" and was inspired by two things: first, our location - on summer evenings the mist dances over our lake and around the kennels, creating a mystical feel to our white nights; and second by our dogs - when they run on cold winter days, the beauty of their synchronized paces is like a dance moving through the sparkling mist of the powder snow. Very poetic, don't you think!
The Siberian Husky developed as a sled-dog over thousands of years in relative isolation in the far reaches of north-eastern Siberia, where they were used by the Chukchi people. From 1908, some were brought to Alaska for sled-dog racing and over the next two decades became famous for their sledding abilities. In 1930, importing from Siberia stopped, and in the same year the dogs were recognised as a pure breed by the American Kennel Club. Since then they have spread around the world. The breed standard is quite versatile and allows for some diversity, especially in colour. They are best suited to arctic conditions working in their original role in harness, carrying light loads over long distances at a moderate speed.
We have 87 Siberian Huskies of all different ages. Our dogs are of the standard working type, not sprint nor show types. They live outdoors, just as this breed has done throughout it's existance. Our dogs have spacious kennels and large free running areas, and we are committed to them for their whole lives. They retire when they reach around 10 years of age, and then move to their own central area so that they can see all the activity going on. They continue to be part of the kennel's daily life, playing and living with puppies whenever possible.
The older dogs are kept active even when their age limits their strength and level of fitness, and they are taken on walks when they can no longer pull in harness. Our vet visits us often and all the dogs have regular health checks and all the required vaccinations and worming routines. Whenever needed they have operations or take medications, and when they reach the end of their lives, they are put down only after consultations with our vet, when there are no other alternatives for their best care and comfort - we do not want to keep them living if it means they will be suffering.