sled dog


Definition of sled dog

: a dog (such as a Siberian husky or Alaskan malamute) trained to draw a usually heavy sled typically with other dogs over snow-covered terrain Sled dogs were originally used in colder regions (as of northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica) as work dogs to facilitate travel and transport of supplies but are now popularly used elsewhere during the winter especially for racing.

Examples of sled dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frozen feces in Alaska revealed evidence of sled dog cannibalism. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 Marilla Tichotsky came close but couldn’t quite catch Johanna Badalich in the final heat of the ASDRA Junior World Championships on the Tozier Track sled dog trails Sunday. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2021 Their kennel is free to visit, and their handlers are available to chat about what goes into making a sled dog. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 In a recent conversation, Ford talked about the intense public reaction to her hike; missing her thru-hike companion, Diggins, a sled dog loaned to her from Beatty Family Farm in Lakeville; and adjusting again in to everyday life. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 Buddy Streeper of British Columbia came from behind Sunday to narrowly capture his seventh title in the Open North American Championships, one of sled dog racing’s oldest and most prestigious races. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2021 For example, a Schultz photo of a sleeping sled dog on one page pairs up with a Van Zyle painting of a sleeping dog team opposite it. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2021 Helicopter flights to nearby glaciers, sled dog tours and farm-to-table cuisine top the list of activities. David Swanson, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Seavey won just over $40,000 and a snowmobile for winning the world's premiere sled dog event, down about $10,000 from what last year's winner, Thomas Waerner of Norway, pocketed. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sled dog

1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Sled dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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: a dog that is trained to pull a sled

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