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Sledding Breeds

Sledding DogsSledding dog breeds are characterized by their endurance, strength, and intelligence. Usually medium to larger dogs, with a very muscular build, these animals were traditionally selected and bred for function rather than looks. 

Sled dogs have developed thick, double layer coats enable them to withstand very low temperatures, however, in less harsh environments such thick coats require regular grooming especially at the beginning of summer when they lose a lot of their undercoat.

Traditional sled dog breeds include the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, the Canadian Eskimo dog and the Greenland dog. These dogs helped mankind to haul supplies before modern modes of transport were available. More recently dog-sled racing has become a popular pass-time.

Like the sled dog breeds themselves, the sport of sled dog racing has seen some interesting adaptions to modern times and different climates, where in the absence of snow, racing is done on dirt tracks with wheeled buggies rather than sleds.

Most sled dogs are quiet and rarely bark. However, they do howl like wolves which can be a beautiful, eerie sound on a cold winter night.