sled dog

noun

: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pete Kaiser won the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race on Sunday, outpacing runner-up Matthew Failor by 10 minutes to win his seventh title in a time of 41 hours, 56 minutes. Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2023 Burmeister said sled dog racing will remain a part of his life. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2022 For the first time in the Iditarod’s 44-year history, organizers imported snow for the sled dog race via the Alaska Railroad, as winter and spring temperatures climbed 9 degrees F above average, shattering a decades-old record. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2016 Clifford is an accomplished sled dog racer who began utilizing backyard ultras as a training ground to prepare for a unique blend of suffering. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2022 Anyone who has ever witnessed the start of a sled dog race knows the biggest problem a musher faces at that moment isn’t getting the dogs to go. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 Among the communities experiencing the greatest damage was Nome, the largest city on the coast with about 3,500 residents and known for being the end point of the world’s most famous sled dog race. Mark Thiessen, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Among the communities experiencing the greatest damage was Nome, the largest city on the coast with about 3,500 residents and known for being the end point of the world’s most famous sled dog race. Mark Thiessen, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 Among the communities experiencing the greatest damage was Nome, the largest city on the coast with about 3,500 residents and known for being the end point of the world’s most famous sled dog race. Mark Thiessen, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sled dog was in 1692

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“Sled dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sled%20dog. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

sled dog

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

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