A Few Facts about Sled-Pulling Dogs in Alaska
Alaska is the home to great breeds of sled dogs like the mutts and husky. No wonder dog mushing is the official state sport of this snow-covered frontier. The strong and double-coated Alaskan Malamute dogs were developed by the Malemiuts group of Eskimos. This breed of dog has been created with an in-built instinct to pull long and hard braving the toughest weather conditions. The best sled-pulling dogs are chosen not on the basis of their looks but their strong physique, size and efficient strength. Such is their unbelievable strength, that while a team of 16 dogs can pull a sled, one of 200 dogs can even pull a bus! If you have been lucky enough to see these dogs at their work in the snowy landscape of Alaska, you would surely want to treasure the acrylic fridge magnet souvenir depicting the hard-working dogs from close up.
Training Of the Blue Bootied Alaskan Dogs
It takes long and arduous training sessions for months to ready a team of dog before they learn to mush. This training involves roping in a team of dogs to four-wheeled vehicles or wheeled carts and letting the digs pull it on dirt roads. Even the resistance of the coarse dirt roads is not enough to withstand the amazing pulling strength of these dogs. However, this great power comes at the cost of a huge appetite. Hence, mushers need to feed their sled-dogs foods worth 10,000 calories per day while an average mutt takes only 1500 calories a day. The huskies have sensitive feet and the paws are kept warm by tying polar-fleece booties with them. A musher needs to use about 2000 booties, which last up to 100 miles. The Alaskan Malamutes are a much tougher breed in comparison.