Contrary to popular belief, Siberian huskies or Alaskan malamutes are not the most popular sled dog breeds. That spot belongs to the Alaskan huskies (hybrid), and other unofficial mix breeds.
The sled dogs’ looks don’t matter as much as performance does. No matter the breed or whether they’re racers or freight-haulers, all sled dogs have an insatiable need to go.
A healthy appetite is essential. Long-distance sled dogs – those competing in events over 300 miles (483 kilometers) long – or freight-haulers are out for days or weeks at a time. They can’t be finicky about their meals or prone to digestive issues. Sled dogs also need very tough feet.