Iditarod Sled Dogs

By: Susan Zheng, Jessica Conklin

Introduction

Iditarod Sled dogs are dogs that participate in an Alaskan race. This race includes A musher (A person guiding the dogs) and the maximum of 16 dogs on a team. Alaska Is a very cold state so the dogs have to adapt to the weather there.

Dog Characteristics

  • Weighs about 40-80 pounds
  • Height typically about 2 Feet tall
  • In winter lots of fur to keep warm
  • In summer sheds LOTS of fur in the summer
  • Most common type is Siberian Husky
  • Siberian Huskies consist of Determination, robust and strength
  • Dense undercoat
  • Coat is thick and pelt like
  • Chosen from strength not breed
  • Padded paws for snow
  • Can burn 12,000 calories in the race
  • Puts booties on to prevent ice injuries, snow coldness

Interesting facts

  • At least 12 dogs must be on a team but no more then 16 dogs
  • Has to Have super canine endurance
  • Alaskan Winters help the dogs go faster
  • Fed large amounts at each stop/ checkpoint
  • Needs lots of attention and exercise
  • Tired and injured are left behind
  • Filled with excitement before the race
  • Half of original amount must finish
  • Forced to run too fast and far in bad weather
  • Dog examination at every checkpoint
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