Sled Dogs & 

The true heroes of mushing are the dogs!  This page will bring you closer to them - I hope you enjoy it!

More on Dogs

Got a dog question?  Go to Cabela's Iditarod Dog Talk Forum

Anatomy of a dog sled & What is carried in the dogsled  
Anatomy of a dog team 
Dog sled basics - See how the dogs are rigged to the sled and see all the sled parts labeled.

At the start of the Iditarod 2000, Cabela's added the following 4 articles about sled dogs (along with more articles on dog nutrition).  They've also added more in 2001.  Read these, they are the best info on the internet!

 Origin of the Alaskan Husky     by Joe Runyan
The "Alaskan Husky" is a term so widely used by mushers and dog fanciers to describe a sled dog, that I presumed it would be an easy job to journalize the development and description of this unregistered breed of working dog. However, I soon discovered I was mistaken.

Training Sled Dog Pups - An Annual Miracle by Joe Runyan

 Keeping Athletes at the Top of Their Game     by David Draper
One only has to watch as mushers and dog handlers work to hitch up an experienced dog team at the start of the Iditarod to understand that the race means as much to the dogs as it does the racer. The uninitiated may be amazed at the raw power and excitement that each dog exhibits as the handler strains to get it in the harness.

Why Alaska Needed the Iditarod    by  Joe Runyan
The Iditarod race concept evolved over several years and false starts, and began a resurgence of interest in sled dogs and competitive distance mushing that is embodied in the Iditarod and similar races of today.

Doug Swingley's dog training and care by Joe Runyan

Jeff King Discusses the Dogs of the Iditarod     by Joe Arterburn
Mushing is not like a Jack London tale, though that is how most people perceive the sport, according to three-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Jeff King.

Dog sleds and freighting by Joe Runyan 
How can those little dogs pull such heavy loads?  Joe writes about the incredible freighting abilities of the Alaskan husky.

Dog Food - how do they make it by Joe Runyan

Colors of the Siberian Husky Over 250 different Siberians are shown in over 600 pictures.  

Everything Husky

Nome Kennel Club

Alaskan Malamute links

Alaska Dog Mushers Association

International Sled Dog Racing Association

British Musher's Association - a good source for European links in English

European Sled Dog Racing Association

Mush with P.R.I.D.E. 

Retired Sled Dogs - want to adopt a retired sled dog?

Alaska Iditarod Sled Dog Retirement Foundation 

Junior Musher's School and Clubhouse

Sled Dog Central

Working Dog Web 

The Universe of Sled Dogs  Has a web page on amateur sled dog racing and how to get started racing. 

Dog mushing equipment - see what all needs to be packed including a list of one Jr. Iditarod entrant.

How Do I...

Please check at Sled Dog Central for a complete list of races and dates.

Mushing Magazine


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