A dog sled or dog sleigh1 is a sled pulled by one or more sled dogs used to travel over ice and through snow Numerous types of sleds are used, depending on their function They can be used for dog sled racing
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Dog power has been used for hunting and travel for over a thousand years As far back as the 10th century BCE these dogs have contributed to human culture2
Assembling a dog sled team involves picking leader dogs, point dogs, swing dogs, and wheel dogs The lead dog is crucial, so mushers take particular care of these dogs Another important detail is to have powerful wheel dogs to pull the sled out from the snow Point dogs optional are located behind the leader dogs, swing dogs between the point and wheel dogs, and team dogs are all other dogs in between the wheel and swing dogs and are selected for their endurance, strength and speed as part of the team In dog sledding, Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes are the main types of dogs that are used for recreational sledding because of their strength and speed and endurance as well as their ability to withstand the cold However, Alaskan Huskies a mix between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are also a popular dog for sled dog racing, because of their endurance, good eating habits, speed, and dedication to running even when tiredcitation needed
Sometimes, for sprint races, mushers use short haired hounds that are faster than the average husky These hounds are raised from a young age to pull It is harder to train hounds than it is to train Siberian Huskies and Malamutes to pull a sled because it is not in their nature Training should start at around six months of age by pulling a small log behind themcitation needed
Dog sled in Quebec
Indian dog sled near Fort Clark Watercolor by Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied 1833
Stained glass Alaskan theme, formerly part of a Seattle storefront, now in the Museum of History and Industry
Antique dog sled at the Adirondack Museum
Commercial sled dog kennels
- Sirius Dog Sled Patrol
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- The Canadian Museum of Civilization - History of Dogsled mail in the Yukon
- ^ "Collins 2012 digital dictionary" Retrieved 3 December 2014
- ^ Swan, Thom "Early Sled Dog History" Swanny's Place Retrieved 17 October 2013
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