Sled dogs

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Alaskan Husky (Alaska, United States): Created by Alaskan mushers at the beginning of the 20th century by crossing Siberian Huskies, local indigenous dogs and other sporting breeds. The Alaskan Husky is the world’s most successful sled dog, accounting for around 90% of all competition dogs. Measuring 17¾-25½ inches (45-65cm) and weighing 39½ -57½ lbs (18-26kg). Resembles a Nordic sled dog.

Chinook (United States): Created by Mr A Walden at the beginning of the 20th century by crossing Eskimo dogs, the St Bernard and Belgian shepherd dogs. The breed is so rare it may be close to disappearing altogether. Weighing 66¼-88 lbs (30-40kg) and measuring 20¾-24 inches (53-61cm). A dog of great strength. Drop or cropped ears. Abundant thick fawn hair. Used as a guard or as a companion dog.

Canadian Eskimo Dog: Very old lupoid-type breed. Measuring 20-26¾ inches (51-68cm) and weighing 59½-105¾ lbs (27-48kg). Prick ears, thick, dense hair. Bushy tail rolled over the back. All coat colours are acceptable.

Greyster (Norway): Still very rare breed created by crossing the German Shorthaired Pointer with the Greyhound. Measuring 26¾-29½ inches (68-75cm) and weighing 55-77 lbs (25-35kg). Short-haired coat of brown or black brindle. A sprinter that is not suited to longer distances.

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