sled dogs

Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Modern Sled Dog Breeds Are Older Than We Thought

Researchers interested in the origin of the domestic dog have long thought that modern sled dogs such as the Greenland sled dog, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malaute breeds were only about 2000 to 3000 years old. These breeds were thought to be relatively young companed to the many thousands of years dogs have been associated with human beings. But new research by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the University of Greenland and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona tells a different story. The researchers extracted the DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from…
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Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Balto The Sled Dog And The Race To Nome

Diptheria. Most people today vaguely recall this as one of the human diseases that they and their children are now vaccinated against. But in the early 1920’s, before the development of the vaccine, the word diptheria struck terror in the hearts of parents, as it was a major cause of illness and death, especially in children. In the U.S. alone, there were 206,000 cases recorded and 15,520 of these cases resulted in death. In January of 1925, Curtis Welch, the only doctor in Nome, Alaska, started seeing cases of the deadly disease. Dr. Welch had ordered diptheria antitoxin months before…
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Breed Center Stage – Alaskan Malamute

Breed Center Stage – Alaskan Malamute

With their striking appearance accented by their almond shaped brown eyes, Alaskan Malamutes are very strong and are capable of pulling extremely heavy loads. These decendents of the arctic sled dog are affectionate pack animals who are loyal to their human families and particularly good with children. Many people mistakenly believe that Malamutes are used for sled dog racing. But they are not racing dogs, as their talent is in their ability to pull heavy loads over long distances, not racing. In spite of the breed’s popularity today, during World War II, the breed nearly became extinct. In 1947, there…
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