Alaskan Huskies are a “hybrid racing mutt.” They got their start in Alaska in the early 1900s during the Alaskan Gold Rush. Prospectors and pioneers brought pet dogs to Alaska to serve as sled dogs. Once here, they bred these pet dogs with huskies from Siberia, as well as with the native sled dogs already in Alaska. Since Alaskan Huskies have never been bred for appearances, they come in a variety of colors, and have a multitude of markings, ear shapes and eye colors. They have only been bred for performance — making them the very best racing sled dog in the world.
In addition to running tours, the dogs of Black Spruce Dog Sledding compete in the annual 1,000 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race! Unlike other pro sports, there is very little money in dog sled racing. We do it just for fun and adventure! Join us by sponsoring one of our canine athletes…
The Main Team
These dogs are all eligible to compete with us in the 2020 Iditarod! They are the best and brightest at Black Spruce Dog Sledding. Dog sponsors from the 18-19 season have until October 1st to renew their sponsorship for 19-20. After October 1st, all available dogs will be listed as such. Check out sponsorship options here >>>
Whoop Whoop! These dogs are sponsored for the 19-20 race season
The Yearling Squad
Yearlings are dogs between one and two years old. They aren’t puppies anymore, but they aren’t quite ready for a competitive Iditarod run either. The Yearling squad will train for and race in mid-distance races this season (200 to 400 miles), and join our main team next year.
The Tour Team
The tour team is mostly comprised of dogs who are too young or too old for racing in the Iditarod, or dogs who may have gotten small injuries during the race training season and can’t race again until next year. Some of these dogs may be eligible for adoption into pet or recreational mushing homes. Find out more here >>>