Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic
Introduction

Ironically, the powerful, dedicated canines profiled in NATURE’s SLED DOGS: AN ALASKAN EPIC are little more than mutts. “The dog we call the Alaskan husky isn’t a formal breed,” explains onetime musher Joe Runyan, who won Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race in 1989. Rather, huskies are mixed-breed dogs that are selected “for performance, not looks,” he says.

In particular, husky breeders are looking for dogs with an instinctive desire to pull long and hard through the toughest conditions. “You’ve got to have dogs that really want to see what is around that next corner,” Runyan says. “They want to be always on the go.”

Still, careful breeding over decades has produced dogs with telltale physiques. For one thing, the best sled-pulling dogs have quick, efficient gaits and remarkable strength for their size. “You rarely see a really good sled dog over about 55 pounds,” says Runyan, speculating that larger dogs are at a physiological disadvantage when it comes to delivering oxygen and blood to the heart, lungs, and muscles. But even small dogs can pull impressive loads. “My daughter had a 43-pound dog that pulled over 800 pounds,” Runyan recalls. With such power, a 16-dog sled team “is like a small pony with 64 legs,” he notes. Bigger teams, including one that included more than 200 dogs, have been known to pull buses and even help move houses. “Their strength can be unbelievable,” Runyan says.

Getting dog teams to pull together, however, takes months of training. In the off-season, for instance, some mushers rope their teams to wheeled carts or four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles, and let the dogs pull the chariots along snowless dirt roads. The dogs are so strong and possess such an inherent drive to pull, that according to Runyan, even brakes have difficulty holding them back.

Dogs running the Iditarod have special abilities — and special requirements, like food. Along with their power comes a huge appetite. While a normal mutt might get by on 1,500 calories a day, sled dogs can easily consume up to 10,000 calories per day. And while they’re tough, huskies can have sensitive feet. To safeguard them, mushers tie on polar-fleece booties that keep paws warm and protected. In the Iditarod, a single musher will use about 2,000 booties. Each usually lasts several hours and up to 100 miles.

Once trained, sled dogs can remain in top form for years. It’s not unusual to see 10-year-old dogs in races. Top dogs are highly sought after by breeders to help sire champion lines. And the prospect of owning one is not to be taken lightly. “They take a lot of love and care,” Runyan points out.

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Online content for Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic was originally posted November 1999.

  • Tim Muldoon

    April,
    The first sled dogs were alaskan Malamute type. As for the Iditarod or serum run the dogs were Malamutes and Siberians that moved the Serum to Nome. Malamutes do not need booties for there feet since the Artic is a natural place for them.These new dogs were bred for speed and winning. Winning is not everything and what tthey do not tell you is the number of dogs that are hurt and suffer form poor feet for sleding. Of course if they had feet like a Malamutes suitable for those conditions there would be know problems.

  • Sasha

    I have a husky and a malamute, and I tell ya, they are the best dogs. BUT, you have to know how to handle them, they can be very mischeivous, it is in thier nature. Also there have been many reports of them getting loose. (jumping over fences, sneaking out the door) you have to be aware of them at all times… The thing I hate the most is all the adds I see for lost dogs in my area, and most of them are siberian huskies. It breaks my heart. Don’t get one unless ur experienced…

  • Duane

    My friend Michael King lives in Alaska and runs sled dogs. Last time I talked with him he said he had 47 sled dogs. Now that is a lot of dogs lol. Michael has been training sled dogs and running guided trips now for over 12yrs. If you have any questions I’m positive he’d be happy to help. If you would like to find out more about him please go to his website at: http://www.alaskatrailkingadventures.com

  • Roland

    what is the biggest malamute have u seen and how big do they get?

  • julie

    I love dogs especially snow dogs .Some day I would like for them to give me a ride on a sled. I hope I win tickets to the Iditarod.

  • jasmine

    i had a malamute and we had to get rid of him cuz he ate the neibors chickens

  • dude guy

    i hate sled dogs!!!!

  • shanta

    I think that malamutes are pretty cool,these alaskan snow dogs remind me of this very fomous book that i read it was called WoodSong by Gary Paulsen.

  • Marleen Rivera

    i have a unique love for husky dogs…

  • marisa

    I am in love with huskys

  • Rabecca

    I have two husky, one Samoyed, and one Malamute and there all of work to take care of them all.

    P.S. i love them all.

  • Wolf

    I thought Malamutes were bread for pulling heavy loads for shorter distances, and huskies for lighter loads for longer distances, and regardless if the animal was from the area or not, I thought booties are to protect the animals feet, form ice and rocks, they were never born with a sled attached to their backs thus their feet aren’t designed to be pulling items, they just can, and are used for it, so I would use booties

  • WolfTiger

    Go Jeremy! I like oranges. My aunt ran the Iditarod in 1992. She gave me one of her retired dogs. The dog’s name is Kieska. She rocks! I love sled dogs. I’ve got 7; I’m hoping to run the Iditarod.

  • Jacob Earl

    I race and I’m 12, I am going to be in the Iditarod in 6 yeaers when I’m 18

  • dog hater

    dont u love dogs

  • no help

    …i can’t get a citation for this site

  • Louis Langluttig

    I like sled dogs they could bring us history like Balto did.

  • agk

    why are alaskan huskies better at dog sledding?

  • Holly

    I have a 3 yr old snowy white huskie named Kiba, he is my sled dog.He refuses to pull anyone else but me!He is a very loyal dog and he would do anything for me!He has even killed a croc for me!(It was preety big!)

  • MORGAN LEIGH PARKER

    I LOVE SLED DOGS THEY ARE JUST VERY BEAUTIFUL AND SO GOOD.

    ILY SLED DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vanessa llamas

    i wonder how long dogs train they must be cold but good for the people that but boots on their dogs horray for all the dogs that are going to be in the race good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Alexis Salas

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  • delish mom

    dogs are my lifee!
    i love them
    i have 70005

  • the basketball player

    u dog luvers r insane dogs are awesome but horeses are better

  • jenipher

    that was okay

  • ms.siddiqui

    2000 booties. lol

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  • Sharks should not die

    Animals like Sled dogs are amazing!

  • Caitlyn

    This website rules!!!! I love husky dogs too,they are awesome!!!! I have a Husky named Abby she is sooo cute!!!!

  • Danessa McGlothlin

    i think dog sledding would be so much fun right now. i want to do it when i’m older. any info on it. please e-mail me. thanks!

  • Husky Lover

    My dog,Lucy is very sick she is also a Husky breed. I want her to live too. See heres want happened,I have 7 cats (and no I will not name them all) and one of them made Lucy fall off the couch and I have a glass table right in front of it an she happened to land right on the corner of my table in my room! I thought she was okay but she was not! To more info on Lucy write on here to me!!!

  • lexxie platt

    How can a pomeranian be a sled dog they are so small lol i cant believe how cute siberian husky`s are i have one its adorable

  • abigail

    awwwww they are sooooo cute i wish i had one. But i have a puggle wich is very cute though

  • Husky Girl

    I love Huskies and Sled Dogs more than anybody in the whole world put together! I have one myself he5r name in Mya she os a Siberian Husky Fool-blooded! I LOVE SLED DOGS!!!!!!

  • Alicia

    we saved both molly was thrown in a barn and when we took her home we put her on the floor and she tipped because she was starved to death. Also peppi was thrown in a snowbank out of a car window

  • Super Awesome

    I had a husky but the owners took him back I guess it wasnt really our dog

  • alexa

    I like sled dogs they are awesome. u rock cheese

  • wolf

    i like to eat dogz

  • Alyna

    People Bolto is only famous because he brought the medicine to he village in alaska and crossed the line.. Plus Bolto ran 53 miles. But Togo was the dog that ran 350!! plus he saved his whole dog sled team and when all the other sled dogs were resting togo didnt give up he was standing when no other sled dog was! Bolto only gets the fame for those 53 miles! Togo does because he didnt go to the village he stopped and gave the medecine to boltos sled dog team 53 miles from the village! but togo really did run 350 miles so TOGO is the famous dog!(or atleast should be!!) this is the thing that makes me angry. that people dont understand that but hopefully when your read this you will understand that togo is an awesome dog .. i mean bolto is awesome to just he shoudent get all the fame!

  • alyna

    BTW alaskans dont speak a freaking different language(atleast not all of them) and we dont live in freakin igloos and our schools are not a bunch of igloos put together. im sorry to say this but if you thought we did ur kinda stupid dont you think…? well yea thanks for reading this i guess lmao XD TOGO RULEZ DONT FORGET THAT!!

  • legacie

    i think the iditarod is so awsome i wish i could enter but i can’t because i am 9 and i don’t have 4,000 dollars. Bye

  • Sabrina

    i have a husky she is soooooooo cute and has blue eyes and is wight and Grey

  • grafe

    my aunt really wants a huskie but they love the cold and they won’t survive.by the way that ant my real name.

  • grafe

    do you know balto from the great syrum run,if you do and if you think he won witch he tectnaly did but he did’t.another dog named togo did.balto only ran 53 miles togo ran 350 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!togo did’t even get any credit.

  • Cookiedough

    When I grow up, I want to live in Alaska, and maybe run the Iditarod.

  • ellen O!!

    hey im ellen. i love dogs and i am 74 but i wish i could be cool enough to be in the Iditarod.

  • HOT ONE

    i love dogs!! my dream is to be in the Iditarod! but im only 7!!

  • whats up homies?!?!

    I LOVE BALTO!! I WOULD RATHER BE A DOG THEN A HUMAN!!!

  • huskylover2010

    oh yeah!i read the Gary Paulsen books and they are AMAZING!! Woodsong is my favorite book of ALL time!!!! i love it!! my dream is to meet him and even be in the Iditarod with him!!!!

  • sydney terrell

    “I think that befor the Idintorod race, the racers should be warmed up. other than that, I think Alaska is cool.

  • ris

    i love american bulldogs AND huskeys

  • lauren

    Zane and kyle hi. i love dogz

  • john

    i currently have 12 dog’s and i am looking for a few more so i can enter the iditarod

  • lysette

    im studing sled dogs and the iditarod at my school and we get to pick a muster and i picked jeff king and today he was in 14th place i have to recorded where he and everyone and today he lost one dog and OMG john really u want to enter the iditarod that so cool but u have to be 18 years old unless ur racing in the JR. one tho still kool

  • chase

    i love dogs like siberin huskyes

  • mikayla

    sled dogs are so cute

  • erica

    i have read a book about this event. the book is called stone fox.

  • micheal

    you know its a bit helpful but not what i’m looking for but you know what shuuut up!

  • micheal

    you know its a bit helpful but not what i’m looking for but you know what

  • HOBO

    I wish i had a house but i am a stinky HOBO who is in love with ellen O i am already endgaged to her but she probably didn’t here me because the fans were on and she is already expecting

  • ris

    I LOVE AMERICAN BULLDOGS AND HUSKEYS!!!!!!!!! ANYONE ELSE LIKE AMERICAN BULLDOGS????

  • sabrina

    i love sled dogs

  • stone fox reader

    hey i red this book callled stone fox and i have to do this project about sled dogs i came here to get information

  • Lexi

    That was meeee lol im from wbms!!!

  • Dave

    hey its me out in the pod!

  • BrOoke =] ohhh yea bby

    DOGS ROX my socks off~! lol and so do …nope nothing else

  • Jasmine

    Today I watched the movie balto I thot it was awesome.I never knew he saved someone.Now I call him my hero.

  • random person

    yo

  • Karnegie

    Huskies are the awsomest, i watch idiotorad every year.

  • hotdog

    hey ilove hotdogs

  • Brandon

    im special and i love kats

  • sammi

    love this place

  • james

    this has soooooooooo much info

  • katsuko

    kool

  • halley

    you are a wondful dog

  • alec

    I like your dogs

  • emily

    i love dogs

  • makayla

    I love dogs but it’s to bad Melissa Owens got out out of the race

  • kyle

    i love dogs so much!

  • rowe98

    i LOVE dags

  • Kora :)

    hi, i like dogs, they are cute, i have 4, i think the iditarod is cool

  • Ashley

    When I grow up I want 2 be a musher because I LOVE SLED DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ashley

    I love my sibarian husky!!!!!!!!

  • Dog lover

    I have a german sheperd husky, does that count?

  • Dog lover

    I think melissa should have stayed in the race!!!! She was doing really good in 30th!!!!!!!!!

  • bella

    I love huskies so much that have it all over my room.

  • abigail

    I wish I had a husky! I would be a awsome racer! They rock for their speed, coat and their kindness!!!!! :)

  • ris

    DOES ANYONE ELES LIKE AMERICAN BULLDOGS?

  • bob

    I love American bulldogs

  • bobby

    why does everyone love dogs so much

  • ricky

    what is culling

  • jessica

    i love dogs i love sled dogs more. when i heard about balto saving the children i cried. yoday not many dogs save people. but at the same time making dogs pull a sled evan with plains seems wrong. but it’s my opinion.

  • BILL NIE THHE SCIENCE guy

    balto is annoying

  • Tanisha

    All of the dogs in the iditarod races are amazing

  • Gabby

    WHAT ARE THE 13 DOG NAMES?!?!?!

  • Mush Girl

    the Serum Run amazes me! If anyone has time they should definitely look up some info on Leonhard Seppala! That guy is amazing! All of the mushers should get recognition!

  • Dog Lover

    I was doing a report and this was a lot of help!

  • makita

    omg they r s0ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cuuuttttttteeeeeee

  • aspiring racer

    im only fifthteen but i was wondering how old you have have to be to race in the iditorode for females

  • R

    I live in White Mountain, AK. We are the last stop on the Iditarod before the finish line in Nome — 77 miles away. Life is different when the closest Wal Mart is 500 miles away. (in Anchorage, by plane.) We have dogs, but usually use snowmobiles — we call them snow machines to get around in the winter. This year we had four feet of snow. It is just now beginning to melt. In a few more weeks the ice will break up and go down river.

  • Jonathan Mendez

    Balto you rock.I just wish you were here

  • Alena

    huskeis are the most honorable dogs to have.they are smart,brave,loveable,they are pure hearted. these are some of the reasons i love them.

  • Jonathan Mendez

    I agree with Alena, huskies are smart,brave, loveable, and more

  • Rachel

    I have a husky!

  • Kelsey Wyrick

    i have a husky named Akita. She is so loveable. It’s so hard to be strict with her though cause she uses the sad puppy dog eyes….

  • becca

    dog are just azaming

  • blianca

    i love dogs a lot.at home i have three dogs

  • susy

    i love dogs
    is at home
    i have three puppys
    their so cutes i love them so much

  • bella boo

    i hate you all. just kidding! or am i?

  • kayla m.

    1 thing i want to know is why dompeople hurt dogs 4 no apperent reason. they should be in jail 4ever!

  • jessica

    what do snow dogs eat? i now they eat meat

  • jennifer. g

    i love sonow dog’s there my fav i actually live in alaska!it’s cold…..very cold….. ummm. just ask me anything u like i have 7 of em so i would know!

  • hazel

    i love husky so much!!!

  • SledDogin

    contrary to the popular belief Togo Balto’s brother was better very unknown but balto only carried the serum a short ways togo carried it over 800 mile’s (either that or 500) so there is a little known fact for you

  • SledDogin

    i had 2 but one died 4 days ago :’(

  • maritza

    he is my fav dog/wolf/siberian husky/alskan malamute
    :D

  • Martin

    Halo out of Czech,my love 6 Siberian(1 16 year!!!)

  • trinity

    i love dogs its ben my dream to see the ididorod i love dogs

  • chris B

    I once had a husky that pulled down my window and jumped out of my car.

  • Jeannette

    I went dog sledding a couple of years ago in Grand Targhee. It was one of the most fantastic experiences I’ve ever had! Wish I could do it all the time! The dogs are so beautiful!

  • kenny

    sled dogs are so cool i have one that is just like the one in the pic!!!!

  • renz

    I love dogs sooooo much but i can’t have em in the house because my mother’s allergic to them.

  • thorak26

    I like that a lot of people are interested in dog sledding, but what most of you don’t know is that not only do you have to be 18 to run the Iditarod, but it will cost you thousands of dollars for the dogs to run it, I used to live in Alaska and for a couple of years lived up the road from Joe Redington Sr. and his 2 sons, so I do know something about sled dogs

  • Joey

    I love sled dogs sooo much! that is my dream! but everyone says i cant! :(

  • Dabigmoose

    Stanley Oday was the man of interior dog racing in Alaska he was a short track marvel . I live in ALASKA and will never leave her. Manley Hotsprings on the TANANA river rocks.

  • Name(required)

    Can you use regular dogs to pull? I have a border collie and a golden retriever, and I want to teach the, how to pull!

  • Rachel

    I love sleddogs. They are so beautiful. The Malamutes look so much like wolves and so do the Siberian Husky. I own one of each and they are just so smart and just great to have, only they do love to dig outside alot. I also sell alot of husky stuffed animals if anyone is interested. They are new and used in great condition from a non-smoking home. Send me a email if you like to buy one from me. All my stuffed huskies are well maintained.

  • suzie9rox

    i love doggies and pups! i have 3 pups 7 weeks old
    and a mama 6 years old and i am getting a pup all of mine are cacapo-peek-a-boo’sthere so cutelook them up on the internet they grow a little lower than your knees
    PEACE!!

  • Hunter

    i have a dog club

  • kirsten neessen

    i love dos soooooooooooooooooo much i have a basset houndmix and a basset hound 2 german shephards and a weiner dog

  • Anna

    MUSH!!!!!!! MUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Allison

    i think that the dogs have to do most of the work!!!!!!!! Other than the dogs having to do everything in a limited amount of time, I LOVE DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jane bouregaurd

    joey dont give up in ur dreams

  • Rosie Harrice

    Never give up joey <3 i love u haha

  • kim

    You can train any healthy dog to pull. I won races with a small team of dog pound dogs. In general, the weight of the team should be at least the weight of the load – assuming your dogs are running fit, not pet fat, with ribs easily felt and able to cruise for several miles without stopping. You can get them fit by first running a few hundred yards (with a sled), give them tons of praise and quit for the day before the dogs want to quit. Increase the length of the run as the dogs get fit but always stop before they want to stop. Dogs run on enthusiasm. Keep them happy and they’ll pull their hearts out! A well packed or icy trail has less resistance and small teams will be able to pull you farther and faster. If you don’t have a sled, you can use cross country skis.

    Long haired dogs will need the hair on their feet trimmed to keep the snow from forming ice balls. You’ll probably have to put sled dog booties on them. Get them from a sled dog supply catalogue. The kinds made for house pets won’t work well enough.

    If trained with lots of praise and not rushed, most dogs love this work. They will respect you more when you can keep up with them (really, they don’t know that they’re doing all the work) and run together as a pack. It’s a blast! Good luck!

  • Angel

    Btw who wrote this article?

  • huskylover

    I live in Nome, he is well known across the world. I love living here. I have six huskies, two samoyeds and a finnish reindeer herder.

  • Ian

    Dogs are the rightful owners of nature and they deserve alot more respect then we give them. ^_^

  • Young Big Boy

    man i have two dogs..but one is annoying becaus she is so small we have to put a colar on her with bells so that we can hear her when she is snooping

  • Jackie

    I ♥ dogs so much I own five!!! Well anyways it is so amazing how dogs can adapt to cold ☃ climates… I know I couldn’t☒. I wish I could have a Husky they seem so brave☜

  • savanna

    like sooooo COOL! that is soooo cool!

  • dog lover

    If u read this i want to let u know i have 5 dogs. 2 like to sleep. 2 sometimes 3 stay outside. I love kittes to i haved 3 but 1ran away liked kittes. now i only have 2 but one we only see 1 of them every week.

  • Animal Lover

    What of the untold story? I am disappointed in “Nature” for their scanty coverage of dog sledding and Iditarod. Not all mushers are kind to the animals they train: eye-witness accounts reveal at least one musher kicked one of his dogs repeatedly…to death. Deliberately. The mortality and injury rate is high with these animals, and some dogs are chained when not working. In addition, the Iditarod is how many miles? 1,500? That is an excessive amount to run in 8 to 16 days. I read that this is twice as far as the original race.

  • Real musher

    Animal lover. Seriously. You are a perfect example of what is wrong with people believing mushing is cruel. Firstly, you don’t even know how long the Idtarod is- 1500? No. Get some facts- then complain all you like. Secondly, the mortality rate compared to owners of pet dogs- you know- people with dogs that live in the house, is exponentially higher than working dogs- mostly due to their own ignorance. Thirdly the Iditarod is a re-creation of the Serum run- the only “race” was to save human lives from diptheria. There is no “original” race. Just cause you reads it on deh interwebs does not make it true.

  • somebody

    i agree with the real musher
    love dogs

  • futuremrs.bieber/ris

    huskeys are such beautiful creatures i wish i had one but i live in such warm weather so i have an english bulldog and she is very fat and cute <3 but i still love sled dogs it has always been my dream to be in a sled dog race. :)

  • cat.osterman.softball.lover

    just one question: does it hurt the dogs. i mean oviously not if its a smaller dog but what if its a bigger dog? then what? i agree with you all, i absoltely adore dogs… and admire them for being such strong animals! I just dont want to see the poor creature pushed to far.
    ~all the best: ME

  • ris

    no it only hurts if they get frost burn but as long as they are wearing the feet pads they should be fine (older dogs are an exseption):(

  • ella

    I love Dogs, as long as they’re not mine. I don’t have enough free time to take good care of them. Maybe I should get a Cat. I hope mountinangel found someone for her dog. maybe she moved to Alaska :)

  • averie

    my friend had sum husky mixes they were mixed with wolves! i love alaskan malumutes too!

  • George

    I own a husky and love him to death! If you guys are interested more in huskies you can read about the husky dog breed herehttp://huskyinsider.com/siberian-husky-dog-breed/

    I own a Siberian husky myself but i love Alaskan huskies too!!

  • Felix

    my maltese is awesome

  • john

    i am very exited i am geting an alaskan huskey it is 2 weeks old so in 3 weeks i will get it it will be the best dog ever i am going to take it for training at petco for 106$ 6 weeks training yay

  • john

    i think i will name him Duke!!!

  • Dan

    I have 2 boxers and we go hiking in the deep snow very often, what are the best kind of dog booties to use for them to not cut there paws all up?

  • Mr Me

    i hate dogs

  • Mr Me

    I use cats for racing instead of dogs and you guys really watch beastiality whoever loves dogs this much serously get a life

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  • Mr Me

    My name is Jake Wozniack and im G. A .Y

  • Mr Me

    You guys are C.O.C.K munchers!!!!!!!!

  • Righteos BEAST

    That is like so awesome, DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • emily osullivan

    Someone please reply to this ::::::::::
    i have a dog crossed between a german shepered/rott weiler and for christmas im asking for dog sled things but for now ive been trying to train my dog with a harness,really long lead and a chair that i sit on(it has weels)but no matter how many times i try to teach him,he wont learn!how can i train him,please help!!

  • Emily Osullivan’s Concence

    That’s terrible! Stop doing that, your dog won’t learn becauce it con’t pull you. It’s probbably putting all of it’s energy into pulling you, it must be torcure to your dog!

  • bob

    i was trying to do the same thing with my chiwawa but it didnt work at all. i tried using my sled but it didnt work either. someone reply and give me some advice please

  • Wiggle Worm

    PLEASE STOP DOING THAT, IT HURTS THE DOG!!

  • bob

    come on its so fun though

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