Favorites

15 Best Sled Dog Breeds [Part III] – Huskies

The Husky

esEspañol

Part I →

The Huskies are amongst the best sled dog breeds for racing. If we think about mushing, our mind will surely see the image of a wolf-looking dog, pulling a sled majestically across the tundra. This is not strange, since the memory refers us to the sled dogs associated to those that historically populated the frozen north and that we generically refer to as Huskies. Its name derives from what Eskimo tribes (skims) were called, and although we have already introduced some of them in our articles Top 15 Sled Dog Breeds I and Top 15 Sled Dog Breeds II, in this article we have grouped five Husky breeds that can pull the sled.

Huskies are fast athletes and, throughout evolution, they have physically adapted to withstand low temperatures. They have almond shaped eyes for an enhanced ability to see as well as a double layer of fur and hairy ears, tails and feet to keep warm. They are agile, intelligent and very easy to train. They are ideal for sled racing, perfect companions for outdoor sports, and affectionate pets.


SIBERIAN HUSKY

Siberian Huskies are working dogs who pulled heavy sleds over long distances while the Chukchi people of Siberia traveled to hunt, about half a million years ago. They were introduced into Alaska to compete in long-distance races in the early 1900s, where they were also used for sledding services, such as mail delivery and transportation.


ALASKAN HUSKY

Although it hasn’t been officially recognized as a kind of mixed dog, the Alaskan Husky originated by a blend of various Nordic breeds with the goal of having a highly efficient sled dog for spring dog races. They are ideal and very popular dogs for practicing mushing as a sport due to their great performance in sprint races, that is to say of short distance and high speed.

Alaskan Husky Sled Dog

By Asigglin – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41978122

 


LABRADOR HUSKY

The Labrador Husky is a hard-working purebred from Canada. They are spitz-type dogs, i.e. not known dogs, although most of them originate from the Arctic or East Asian regions.

Labrador Husky-watermarked-1260017153

greatdogsite

Contrary to what one might think, this is not a mixture between Labrador and Husky as its name implies. It is actually a pure breed similar to the wolf. The Labrador Husky has been the loyal companion of the Inuits of the Labrador territory and pulled their sleds for centuries.


MACKENZIE RIVER HUSKY

The Mackenzie River Huskies are a group of different dog populations of the Arctic and subarctic regions of Alaska and Canada.

mackenzie river husky advrider.com

advrider.com

They resulted from crosses of freighting Huskies or Eskimo dogs with European big dogs such as Newfoundlands and St. Bernards.


SAKHALIN HUSKY

The Sakhalin Husky is a sled dog breed that faces imminent extinction. This spitz-type dog originated in Japan and was related to other Japanese dogs.

karafuto_dogs sakhalin husky jp.rbth.com.jpg

jp.rbth.com

During an expedition from Japan to Antarctica in 1957, fifteen Sakhalin Huskies could not be evacuated from a storm and perished. Only two miraculously survived. The Japanese film “Nankyoku Monogatari” that inspired the Disney film “Eight Bellow” tells the story of Taro and Jiro, the two dogs that survived.

Related Posts

15 Best Sled Dog Breeds – Part II

Greyster
15 Best sled dog breeds for urban mushing, bikejoring and canicross. Harness canine sports and fun activities to enjoy with your dog all year round […]

15 Best Sled Dog Breeds – Part I

15 best sled dog breeds.The first article of the series featuring the most sought after breeds and traits for mushing, bikejoring & other harness dog sports. […]

Sled Dogs, Teaming Up For Survival

Information about mushing and the dog sled team. Dogs’ position in the gangline, wheel, point, swing, lead dogs. The best breeds for harness dog sports. […]

3 Comments on 15 Best Sled Dog Breeds [Part III] – Huskies

  1. These tips are really very helpful. I got a good knowledge from your post. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. It is very interesting for me to read this blog.

    dogsled montreal

  2. Thanks a lot for the post.as I was looking for the topic Husky Dogs Characteristics ,It was very informative and I liked the fact that, all the details were efficiently stacked into one piece of writing. I am sure that you will come up with such relevant posts in the future as well. I anticipate your next post.

  3. We are glad you have found the information helpful! We always appreciate your input so let us know what other CosmoDoggyLand posts you like! 😀

Leave a Reply ● Deje su comentario ● Laissez votre commentaire

%d bloggers like this: