Also, the dogs that can race in the Iditarod are the Alaskan Malamute, Siberian husky, Eskimo dog, Alaskan husky, Samoyed, and the Alusky. The Alusky is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. Next, these powerful dogs are very athletic and love to run. Sled Dogs are intelligent, independent dogs who are generally friendly with people, and do well living in the cold. Dogs accompanied humans when they migrated into North America almost 15,000 years ago.
Next, there can be 12 to 16 dogs on a sled dog team. It is told, the race can take 10 days or more to complete. In addition, racing sled dogs wear individual harnesses to which "lines" are snapped, pulling from a loop near the root of the tail. Not only are, the dogs are hooked in pairs, their lines being attached to and turned to a central "line". Then, most Sled Dogs wear dog boots.
As a matter of fact, the lines usually include short "necklines" snapped to each dog's collar, just to keep the dogs in proper position. It is unusual ever to see more than 22 dogs hooked at once in a racing team, and that number is usually seen only on the first day of the most highly competitive events.
Dogs may be disqualified from the teams on some days, but none may be added. Many other rules apply, most of which have been in effect since the beginning of the organized dogsled racing in the city of Nome, Alaska, in 1908. Sled dogs are chosen from breeds that do well in cold weather. Mushers train the dogs from puppyhood. So, Balto and Togo helped make Alaska’s Sled Dog team famous all over the world.Last but not least, thank Balto and Togo for making Sled Dog racing famous all over the world.
Alaskan Malamute. Digital image. Alaskan Malamute. Web. 1 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Alaskan_Malamute_Biyaalsm-Attk.JPG>.
Dog Boots. Digital image. Web. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bf/Sled_dog_boots.jpg>.
Siberian Husky. Digital image. Siberian Husky. Web. 3 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/Malamute_pup.JPG>.
Sled Dogs. Digital image. Web. 3 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Wa_husky4.jpg>.