Although dogsledding is primarily associated with Husky breeds, other breeds are also used for this sport. Here is a brief overview of the most common in recreational dogsledding, the Siberian Husky, the Malamute and the Alaskan.
The Siberian Husky
From Russia, the Siberian Husky was brought to Alaska in 1902. It’s a working dog of medium size, about 50 pounds for males and 40 pounds for females. It is effective in pulling light weight over long distances. They have a reputation for being reserved and independent and have no guarding quality. They have a thick undercoat and a fur all colors including white are accepted for its race.
The Alaskan Malamute
This breed is one of the oldest breeds of Arctic sled. They are powerful and solid dogs designed for strength and endurance, recognized for pulling heavy loads. Their coat can be of different colors and the tail is carried over the back. Its size varies but the standard is 85 pounds for males and 75 pounds for females.
The Alaskan Husky
This type of dog is not recognized as a breed but rather a cross breed. Established in Alaska, husky-type dogs were crossed with other breeds such as greyhounds, setters and hounds, to have a more powerful dog for racing. They have a wide variety of colors, weights and sizes. Males are about 55 lbs and females about 44 lbs. The fur is never long to optimize the discharge of heat during running.