sled dog

noun

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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Vandermeer and Raney continued to Kotzebue along the Kobuk River, which had a nice trail with markers planted for the Kobuk 440 sled dog race. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Powering across Alaska on skis," 5 May 2018 In our modern sled dog world, culling does not mean euthanasia. Jeff King | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Jeff King: Let’s talk about dog euthanasia," 6 Mar. 2018 But no matter the challenges, Raffaeli enjoys the perks of her job, such as seeing the sun sparkle on Denali's pristine snow, watching a herd of caribou pass, finding lynx tracks, and hearing wolves howl back and forth with the sled dogs at night. Kitson Jazynka, chicagotribune.com, "In Alaska, sled dogs pull their weight for Denali National Park," 24 Feb. 2018 The pair first got a desire to see the Iditarod in person after going on a sled dog ride with Iditarod veteran Ryan Redington, grandson of late race co-founder Joe Redington Sr. Washington Post, "Mushers, fans gather for world’s most famous sled dog race," 6 Mar. 2018 Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in last year’s The Florida Project, has signed on to star in Togo, a Disney movie about a famous and dangerous sled dog relay. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Willem Dafoe to Star in Disney Adventure Movie 'Togo' (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 The Door County Sled Dogs — a recreational sled dog team made up of all rescues — are coming to the Mukwonago Community Library Wednesday, Feb. 21. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego High School to present musical 'West Side Story'," 19 Feb. 2018 The Kobuk 440 is the last major sled dog race of the season. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "With Kobuk 440 victory, Girdwood musher Petit wins every mid-distance sled dog race he started in 2018," 16 Apr. 2018 Neff has a sled dog kennel in Tok and regularly runs the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, both 1,000-mile events, among other races. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Banned from Yukon Quest over dog care concerns, Hugh Neff says he is being unfairly targeted," 27 Apr. 2018

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sled dog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sled dog

: a dog that is trained to pull a sled

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