The Sharberian Husky is a hybrid breed that is the offspring of a Siberian Husky and Chinese Shar-Pei. With their striking wolf-like looks and piercing eyes, the Siberian Husky was bred as a sled dog and is known for its incredible endurance. Believed to have originated among the Chukchi, a tribe of Siberian nomads, the Siberian Husky is among the oldest of dog breeds. The breed is part of the Spitz family and shares a close genetic relationship with the Alaskan Malamute and the Alaskan Husky. When they first arrived in Alaska in 1908, they were used as sled dogs during the gold rush. They later took part in the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, a 408-mile dogsled race, which they still excel in today. They were hailed in 1925 when 150 sled dogs transported a lifesaving antitoxin 674 miles across Alaska in a record-breaking five and a half days. It was for a diphtheria epidemic in Nome in Alaska and their heroic journey was later dubbed the “Great Race of Mercy”. A statue of the lead dog Balto was erected in New York City’s Central Park. The Siberian Club of America was formed in 1938 and the Siberian Husky was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930. The Shar-Pei is believed to have existed in China since ancient times where they were used as guard dogs and later fighting dogs. With their deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue, the Shar-Pei is unmistakeable. Statues that look like them have been dated to the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.). The breed was nearly wiped out following the creation of the People's Republic of China. Owning a dog was regarded as a "decadent bourgeois luxury" and dog breeding was banned. Those who had dogs had to pay a hefty tax which only the very wealthy could afford. Matgo Law, of Down-Homes Kennels in Hong Kong, is credited with saving the breed after appealing to breeders in America to take some of the dogs. They agreed and in 1973 a number of Shar-Peis arrived in the United States. The breed was accepted in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1988, and recognized by the AKC in 1991.