Rules to play Dog Sledding
A dog sleigh is a sled pulled by one or more sled dogs used to travel over ice and through snow.
1. Dog sledding
Dog sledding is full of adventurous activity. The mountain environment and copious amount of snow make British Columbia an ideal place for dog sledding and make it pleasant although there are so many places but a lot of hassle and problem can be faced at those places.
The original sled dogs were Inuit Sled Dogs bred by the Mahlemuit tribe and are one of the earliest domesticated breeds known. They were soon crossbred with Alaskan huskies, hounds, setters, spaniels, German shepherds, and wolves. As demand for dogs skyrocketed, a black market formed at the end of the 19th century which funneled large dogs of any breed to the gold rush. Siberian huskies were introduced in the early 20th century and became the most popular racing breed. The original dogs were chosen for strength and stamina, but modern racing dogs are all mixed breed huskies bred for speed, tough feet, endurance, good attitude, and most importantly the desire to run. Dogs bred for long races weigh from 45 to 55 pounds 20 25 kg , and those bred for sprinting weigh 5 to 10 pounds 2.3 4.5 kg less, but the best competitors of both types are interchangeable.
3. Iditarod is a city a race
Iditarod means distant or distant place in the languages of Ingalik and Holikachu, which are spoken by indigenous Athabaskan peoples of northwestern Alaska. Its also the name of a city, a river, and a trail in the same area.
A relic from Alaskas gold mining era, the abandoned city of Iditarod is located along the Iditarod River map and considered the halfway point on the southern route of the dogsled race.
Back in the gold rush days, the only way to deliver mail to Iditarod was to drive a dogsled along the Iditarod Trail. But after World War II, Alaska transportation began to change in favor of faster methods of travel such as snowmobiles and airplanes.
By the 1970s, the dogsled tradition had nearly disappeared, said Johnson.
Iditarod race founder and musher Joe Redington, Sr., created the long distance race named after the trail to keep Alaska dogsledding alive and to help the Iditarod Trail become recognized as a historic trail.
4. The starting line can change
Unseasonably warm weather can move the starting line of the Iditarod race
5. Chihuahuas need not apply
Only northern dog breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes are allowed to race in the Iditarod. The rule was adopted in the early 1990s after musher John Suter entered the 1988 competition with standard European poodles on his dogsled team. However, many of the poodles were dropped off at checkpoints due to frozen feet and hair matting problems.
Most of our pet dogs dont have the right undercoat to travel in the Alaskan conditions during the winter, Johnson said. Take National Geographics dog quiz.
Some mushers disagree with the decision to allow only northern breed dogs, but the organization insists the rule is to protect dogs that arent suited for cold weather racing.
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