The Sled Dog In The Klondike

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In the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800’s, dog sled were used to help get around the land. These sled consisted of anywhere from 10 to 16 dogs pulling a sled at anywhere in the range of 12 to 14 miles per hour. These dog sled teams were able to travel up to 70 or miles in one day. Dog sleds were most widely used in the Klondike because of their reliability, and the dogs were able to travel quite fast, even while injured. A sixteen dog sled was able to pull up to 600 pounds, so just enough to have one man and all of the supplies on a trailing sled. In the areas like Alaska where there were few inhabitants, the people there used their dogs as a way to go from one place to another. The pooches could get through snow, ice, and sleet easily, making…show more content…
Of these three, the Siberian Husky is most commonly referred to as the true sled dog. The Husky is a muscular, reliable and persistent dog. Strong, quick and lightweight, the Siberian Husky has the endurance to go long distances and loves to run.. Siberian Huskies were bred by the Chukchi of Northeastern Asia to pull extremely large loads through the harsh, cold weather. Rapidly after the Klondike Gold Rush, Huskies gained the status of family pets and even show dogs, because of their truly radiant features. The Alaskan Malamutes are related to the Siberian Husky and Eskimo Dog, or the other two breeds of true sled dogs. Of the three most common sled dogs, Malamutes have the most power, however, they are slower that the other two. The Eskimo Dog are extremely hardy dogs and are well suited for Alaska’s climate. Eskimo Dogs are capable of pulling up to twice their weight still covering up to 70 plus miles a day. However, this breed was not as widely used in the Klondike Gold Rush. The Eskimo Dog is playful, easy to train, and not as stubborn as a Husky or Malamute. They are also very alert and curious. Compared to the other true sled dogs, the Eskimo dog is moderate in speed and is the average dog in the

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