Article: Sled Dog Breeds And Sled Dog Racing

Article: Sled Dog Breeds And Sled Dog Racing

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are characterized by endurance, strength, and intelligence. They are usually medium to larger dogs, with a very muscular build, and have helped mankind transport supplies in times before the automobile.

Nowadays, are found as pets, as well as trained to participate in .

were developed to withstand very low temperatures. Their coats have a double layer, with the undercoat acting as insulation against the ice and snow. Because they have such thick coats, they need regular brushing and grooming. They also shed a lot, especially at the beginning of summer when they lose a lot of their undercoat. This could be a problem for people withDog Breeds .

Traditional sled dog breeds include the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, the Chinook, the Sakhalin Husky, the , the Seppala Siberian sled dog, the Tamaskan husky, the Samoyed, the Eurohound, the Mackenzie River husky, and the Greenland dog.

Whilst these dogs were purpose bred, many other breeds have been used, including mixed breeds. These days, that tradition lives on in sled dog racing, where the most popular breeds include the , and various cross breeds, often based on the German Shorthaired Pointer. However, many breeds have been used, including the poodle!

Alaskan huskies are favored in modern sled dog races because they are faster than traditional breeds like the Alaskan malamute or the samoyed. They are not as strong, but in sled dog racing where speed is important, and the distances are shorter, Alaskan huskies were found to perform better.

Alaskan husky dogs are not a recognized breed. They are bred for their performance, and so they cannot be easily characterized as a breed. Alaskan husky dogs represent a variety of types with different lines. They are hybrid dogs – a husky with another breed, that is determined by the needs and ideas of the breeders. A husky may be bred with a wolf, setters, or any other breed that can bring genetic advantages in speed and endurance.

Sled dog racing is a winter and fall sport where the sled dogs are attached to a sled (or a 3 or 4 wheeled cart in autumn), and pull the driver along. The driver stands on runners. The dogs are harnessed individually, with tug lines attached that are linked into a central gang line. The dogs are linked in pairs, and there are up to 22 dogs in a racing team. Teams race either against the clock, and a winner then announced, or against each other in a seemingly chaotic race. There are dog sled races in three categories – short distance, middle distance, and long distance.

Like the sled dog breeds themselves, the sport of sled dog racing has seen some interesting adaptions to modern times and different climates. In Australia, for example, where there is very little snow, even in winter, sled dog races are held. Here, modified scooters are used, and racing is done on dirt tracks. Australian sled dog racers tend to use all sorts of dogs as sled dogs, including kelpies, english pointers, and red heelers.

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Rebecca Prescott presents this dog information site, with articles on the Alaskan Malamute breed, and Siberian Husky dogs

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Rebecca Prescott presents this dog information site, with articles on the Alaskan Malamute breed, and Siberian Husky dogs












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In my opinion, the best breeds of dog out there for looks, strength, personality and quirky characteristics. I was sick in bed when I made this, I had nothing else to do lol

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Comments

    • joe serres
    • September 20, 2012

    my personal fav is the lab

    • Caity Checca
    • September 20, 2012

    Where is the golden retriever!!!!! They’re the best dogs ever!!!

    • cristiano ronaldo
    • September 20, 2012

    nam music

    • ss8tya7
    • September 20, 2012

    I love Mt mom

    • jeremysautomobile
    • September 20, 2012

    Chihuahua? Yeah, right!

    • FistyMcBeef
    • September 20, 2012

    So, Chihuahua gets on there, but not the great and amazing DACHSHUNDS?!

    • joshua sou
    • September 20, 2012

    BOSTON TERRIER FTW!!!!!!!!

    • pentyjr
    • September 20, 2012

    Its an Alsatian, not a Greman Shepard!!

    • pentyjr
    • September 20, 2012

    Shiba Inu FTW!!!

    • Quail Simpson
    • September 20, 2012

    BEAGLE!!!

    • Geoffrey2410
    • September 20, 2012

    All dogs are wonderful. All people should be extra nice to dogs.
    They are a gift from heaven.
    If you don’t think so, give it away to someone that does. Just don’t be mean to them,,, ever.

    • west49cool55
    • September 20, 2012

    You mean the worst right?

    • EA28Official
    • September 20, 2012

    Border Collie?

    • gijkuv11
    • September 20, 2012

    No not true the Caucasian shepherd dog is from Macedonia.

    • MsLittlePets
    • September 20, 2012

    @Dogs1246 Border collies are great breeds, but you might want to keep it to yourself, you should not say that they are the best breed of all, people could get mad, just say you should add the border collie, but second of all, this is an opinion.

    • MsLittlePets
    • September 19, 2012

    I have to agree, these dogs are the best breeds.

    • TheDogBreeds
    • September 19, 2012

    i like border collies, Pomchi (mix), Siberian husky, many more. endless…

    • TheDogBreeds
    • September 19, 2012

    finally i find some one that says border collies are the best. ? i like them #1 too.

    • Emanuel Brunetto
    • September 19, 2012

    BEST IN THE WORD: DOGO ARGENTINO!!

    • Lyndsey2244
    • September 19, 2012

    German shepherds out do all dogs and thats a fact

    • ColbyJackCheeseTaco
    • September 19, 2012

    You’re a good person with a great heart and nice mindset. I hope you have a great day tomorrow and are surrounded by positive people in your life. peace.

    • Geoffrey2410
    • September 19, 2012

    I had a German Shepard (Buck) I got from the shelter. The dog could do anything on command. I almost got him a subscription to Barron’s LOL He’s gone now. I now have a Whippet named Skippy. He’s not as smart as Buck but he’s the sweetest dog I ever owned. When he’s not running like a bullet he’s snuggling and laying on the couch. He’s a 90 mile hour couch potato. House trained at 13 weeks!! Clean as a pin and they live a long time. I got Skippy because Whippets live long and healthy lives.

    • Geoffrey2410
    • September 19, 2012

    Dogs are a gift from God. If you don’t treat your dog like you favorite grandchild, give it to someone who will. No other animal is as loyal and brave or returns many times the love they receive. Lock your wife & dog in your cars trunk.. After an hour open it and see who’s happy to see you. You can tell about people by how well they care for their dog. Everyone doesn’t have to own a dog. Don’t bother, if you’re not nice. And lastly,, being cruel to people is wrong. Being cruel to dogs is worse.

    • edwardd6681
    • September 19, 2012

    I hate most of these dog breeds

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