Sled dogs

Every year people use sled dogs to go 1,100 miles!

Sled dogs

Sled dogs are very useful animals they can race and pull supplies to people. Even though sled dogs are pretty small animals they take up a ton of food. There so many diffrent races to race in that if you have snow on the ground you're town will most likely have a race. Not any dog can be a sled dog they should have tough feet they should be nice and they should have thick fur. To race you need to have quite a lot of equipment like hitches, a harness, and dogs of course.

What are they bred for (qualities)?

Thick fur, eagerness, weight, and to be obedient (Butcher britannica.com). Thick fur is to withstand the below zero temperatures. Obedience and niceness are both for when tourists come and watch the races.Sled dogs are also bred for tough feet, speed, niceness (Lee news.nationalgeographic.com). The tough feet is needed because if you were going to run 1,100 miles I think you would want tough feet. SpeedIs used to run from predators and to cross the finish line first. Thick fur is to withstand the below zero temperatures. Obedience and niceness are both for when tourists come and watch the races.

What are their best uses?

Sled dogs have two main uses racing and pulling cargo where trucks can't get to (Malakoff pbs.org).One race sled dogs are included is the Iditarod which is 1,100 miles long going from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. Cargo pulling isn't as common now but it used to be how almost everybody with snow got around. In the back country of Alaska cargo pulling can is more common than in the cities because cars can't go through the harsh terrain.
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Fun Facts

1) Did you know that sled dogs can pull houses and buses writes David Malakoff on pbs.org.

2) "A single sled dog can pull up to 800 pounds", quotes David Malakoff from pbs.org.

3) The Alaskan huskie was first bred 10,000 years ago and are still not an official breed acording to Susan Butcher from britannica.com.

4) The Iditarod is 1,100 miles long says Eric Sparling author of "sled dogs of the north".

5) More people have climbed Mount Everest than pass the finish line on the Iditarod claims Eric Sparling from modernmagazin.com.

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What is needed to race?

Befor you even think about racing you need a good team. A good team will consist of eight to twelve dogs. You also need a fan or tandem hitch, a sled or wagon, dogs of course,and a harness(Butcher brittanica.com). You should also have phone just in case(Sparling modern magazine.com). A hitch is what connects the dogs to the sled. A harness is what connects the hitch to the dogs. Then the wagon is what carries the driver, food, and water.

What is their diet?

According to Susan Butcher from britannica.com a good diet for a healthy sled is dry commercial dog food, lots of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, vitamins, and digestive enzymes. But Arleigh Reynolds says that high fat, beef tallow, fish oil, corn, Rosemary, and lots of vitamin E. I think Arleigh's diet is healthier because digestive enzymes don't sound very healthy.

What are the diffrent races?

There are many hundreds of dog sled races but I have only written four. The first race I will talk about is the Kalkaska Winterfest race that takes place in Kalkaska Michigan. The second and third I don't know where take place but are called the Marmora snofest and the Didsburg dog sled derby. The fourth a and finel one is the Anchorage fur Rendezes(sleddogcentral.com).

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