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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Caribou Highlands will have an ice-skating rink on site and sled dog puppies every weekend this winter in its bid to draw winter visitors. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "North Shore's busy summer has extended into fall, winter," 13 Oct. 2020 Since its start in 1980, the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race has never been canceled. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how the Kusko 300 plans to keep villages safe while putting dog teams on the trail," 11 Sep. 2020 Their genetic solutions to this problem are entirely different; the sled dog’s method matches another Arctic icon, the polar bear. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Husky Ancestors Started Hauling Sleds for Humans Nearly 10,000 Years Ago," 25 June 2020 Organizers of the annual Yukon Quest sled dog race are planning separate 2021 races in Alaska and the Yukon. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Yukon Quest organizers plan two races in 2021 amid border and financial uncertainty," 17 June 2020 Waerner has five children and 35 other sled dogs in Torpa, Norway. USA TODAY, "Stranded musher, wings of gold, generous postal employee: News from around our 50 states," 26 May 2020 Some senior citizens in northern Maine have been similarly delighted to get their groceries delivered by a team of sled dogs. Washington Post, "Delivery by dog: A new way to get wine and groceries in the age of social distancing," 7 Apr. 2020 The Great Alaskan Race A champion musher and his team of sled dogs race to deliver medication to combat a diphtheria outbreak in 1920s Nome, Alaska. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Movie openings in L.A. this week: ‘The Current War’ and more," 20 Oct. 2019 In a normal year, the finish line of the 1,000-mile sled dog race is a focal point for a weeklong festival here. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Nome, normally ready for an Iditarod party, prepares for a pandemic instead," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sled dog

1692, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2020

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“Sled dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sled dog

chiefly US : a dog that is trained to pull a sled

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