A dog sled is a sled pulled by one or more dogs used to journey over ice and through snow. Several types of sleds are used, depending on their purpose.
Dog power has been employed for hunting and travel for over thousands of years. As far back as the 10th century sled dogs have contributed to human culture. Alaskan Malamutes were used to take supplies in and out of Alaskan villages prior to the use of snow-machines.
Gathering a dog sled team involves picking leader dogs, point dogs, swing dogs, and wheel dogs. The lead dog is critical so mushers take meticulous care of these dogs. Important too is to have powerful wheel dogs to pull the sled out from the snow. Point dogs are located behind the leader dogs, swing dogs between the point and wheel dogs, and team dogs are all other dogs in between the wheel and swing dogs and are selected for their endurance, strength and speed as part of the team. In dog sledding Alaskan malamutes or Siberian Huskies are the main types of dogs that are used because of their willpower to work.
If you are looking to have some fun, KingFisherâ€™s Alaskan Malamutes are born to be sled dogs.