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 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 The race takes place in the dead of winter along a route that was used by sled dog teams during the gold rush to deliver mail and supplies. National Geographic, "At a grueling subarctic race, a photographer finds calm," 31 Jan. 2020 That changes when the dog’s size and strength catches the eye of a shady character who kidnaps Buck and sells him into service as a sled dog during the Alaskan gold rush. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "'The Call of the Wild' offers Harrison Ford, cool CGI dogs and Alaska's natural beauty," 19 Feb. 2020 Most people have heard of Balto, the sled dog with his own statue in Central Park. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Togo' tells the heroic dog story you only think you know on Disney+," 19 Dec. 2019 The keynote speaker of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, musher and 2019 Iditarod champion Pete Kaiser, used stories of his sled dogs to describe leadership in the Native community and his own path to success. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Iditarod champ Pete Kaiser tells AFN how a community lifted him up," 18 Oct. 2019

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1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Sled dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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

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