December 2011 SaskSecrets

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Dog Sledding Trivia

What types of dogs have been used for dog sledding?

a) Alaskan Malamute
b) Siberian Husky
c) Standard Poodles
d) Alaskan Husky
e) All of the above

Answer:

e) All of the above. Dog sledding has become a popular winter recreation and sport in Saskatchewan. Several distinct dog breeds are used as sled dogs, however, dog drivers have a long history of using other breeds or crossbreeds as sled dogs. There are two main qualities that are expected in sled dogs: endurance and speed. Racing sled dogs will travel up to an average speed of 32 km/h (20 mph) over distances up to 40 km (25 mi). 

Several breeds are in common use as sled dogs, including the well-known Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute, however, from 1988 through 1991, a team of Standard Poodles competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Upcoming Saskatchewan Dog Sledding Events:

Mushers Rendezvous, Preeceville
February 3-5, 2012 

Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race 2012
February 20-25, 2012