The name Huskita is a combination of the names of the dog’s two parent breeds: the Siberian Husky and the Akita. Siberian Huskies, whose lineage dates to over 3,000 years ago, descended from “Spitz” dogs that were bred to be sled dogs in arctic regions of the world, enabling the tribes they served to travel faster and farther. This sled pulling ability combined with great speed; in 1925 the Husky made possible a life saving event. Instrumental in the saving of lives during a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska, the Husky pulled the sleds that transported much needed serum to villagers at risk - in a grueling snowstorm at that. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1930. The Akita originated in the Odate region of Japan. They were originally used in Japan to hunt mammals such as elk, boars, and small bears. They have a long history of being highly regarded in Japan.
Even today, Akitas are considered spiritual symbols of protection, health, happiness, and longevity. In 1931, Akitas were designated as one of Japan’s national treasures. The American historical figure, Helen Keller, is credited with bringing the first Akita to North America. Legend has it that she was enamored with the famous Akita named Haichiko, who met his owner at a train station every evening after work. The owner died on the job one day and did not return on the train; nonetheless, Haichiko continued to go to the station every day for the next ten years, waiting for his owner to come home. The Akita grew in popularity over the next several decades in the United States and was recognized by the AKC in 1972. There is no known date of the Huskita’s origin, though it is likely that Akitas and Siberian Huskies were mated during the late 1900s. Since Huskitas are not recognized by the AKC, breeders should be researched thoroughly if you intend to buy a Huskita.