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 Five dogs also died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobilers during training runs for the 2024 Iditarod, prompting the August Foundation, a sled dog non-profit, to partner with the race and make high-visibility neon vests available for the dogs. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 14 Mar. 2024 When his companions decided to sit out the winter with some fur trapping, my great-grandfather sold his share of the ponies for sled dogs and hired an Indigenous tracker instead. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Feb. 2024 Sean Williams' sled dog team participates in the ceremonial start of the 52nd Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. March 2, 2024. CBS News, 12 Mar. 2024 Don’t miss Puppies on the Piazza, which offers passengers the chance to interact with sled dogs brought on board by local mushers in Skagway. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 The analysis showed that Balto shared a common ancestry with modern Asian and Arctic canine lineages; the Alaskan sled dog had no detectable wolf ancestry. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Those who want to get up close to some of the animals that call the park home will want to visit the Denali National Park Kennels, where the park's sled dog teams live. Megan Dubois, Chron, 19 Mar. 2023 Both a Minnesota man testing a snowmobile for his employer in the Alaska backcountry and the company have been cited for reckless driving after the machine slammed into a sled dog team on a training run in December, killing three dogs. Mark Thiessen, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 For example, the researchers found variants that may have helped sled dogs grow strong bones and muscles, as well as a thick coat. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sled dog was in 1692

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“Sled dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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sled dog

: a dog trained to draw a usually large sled especially in the Arctic regions

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