Sled Dog Names

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Introduction

Dogs have been pulling sleds for humans in the colder parts of this planet for thousands of years. In the frozen north, it can be difficult to keep a large animal like a horse healthy and well-fed, so it was dogs and dog sledding that allowed ancient people in these areas the faster movement and the ability to transport goods that were needed to make the best use of the land. In modern times, while there are still a few areas that use dog sleds as a routine way of travel, most people think of dog sleds in conjunction with dog sled races. The Iditarod, whose route is based in part on the 1925 life or death dog sled race against diphtheria, the serum run from Nome to Nenana and back again, is the most well-known of the dog sled races in the United States, but there are many other prestigious races available, from short sprints like the American Dog Derby to longer races like the Yukon Quest, another thousand-mile run based in Alaska. 

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Sled Dog Name Considerations

When choosing a name for a dog that is slated for a dog sled team, it is important to choose a name that is easy to hear and distinguish from other sledding commands that you use. Most of the names on this list are only two or three syllables long for clarity, and each has a connection to the sport of dog sledding. There are several ways to go about narrowing down a list of names in order to pinpoint exactly the right name for your cross-country canine. Some individuals may want to choose a name that showcases their dog's personality traits; names like Pepin, Minty, or Erna, all of which mean determined, Ryker, which means fast-strider, or Dilys, meaning steadfast, would be appropriate for dogs who run in any position. 

Names like Takuya, meaning pathfinder, or Adesina, meaning she opens the way, would be better suited for lead dogs or possibly swing dogs. Other mushers may select names based on the races themselves, like Derby for the American Dog Derby, Yukon for the Yukon Quest, or Finn for the Finnmarkslopet in Europe, or on cities along the Iditarod trail, such as Golovin, Galena, or Nikoli. Historically significant sled dogs such as Togo or Balto from the famous 1925 diphtheria run from Willow to Nome, and famous champions, like Larry, Nellie, or Andy, may provide inspiration as well.

Male Sled Dog Names

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Andy
The only sled dog to lead a team to four championships at the Iditarod
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Arnost
A name from the Czech-Republic that means determined or stubborn
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Baltic
The Baltic Winter Cup is a series of races that crosses both snow and dry land
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Balto
The best-known sled dog from the 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome, lead dog on the final stretch
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Bash
An African and Turkish name that means chief or pathfinder
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Elim
Elim is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Finn
An English name that means white or fair, and can refer to the longest dog race in Europe, the Finnsmarkslopet
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Golovan
Golovin is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Gonzo
A blind sled dog in New Hampshire who continues to pull sleds with the help of his brother Poncho
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Kaltag
Kaltag is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Klondike
The Klondike 300 is a 300-mile race that is run yearly, and starts from the town of Big Lake Alaska
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Koyuk
Koyuk is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Larry
A sled dog who won a Golden Harness Award in both the Iditarod and in the Yukon Quest
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McGrath
McGrath is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Mountain
White Mountain is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Nikoli
Nikoli is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Nome
The first major stop for Iditarod mushers on odd years, and the last on even years
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Nulato
Nulato is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Ophir
Ophir is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Pepin
A German name that means determined
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Poncho
A sled dog in New Hampshire who helps Gonzo, his blind brother, to continue pulling a sled
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Ryker
An English name that means fast strider
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Safety
Safety is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Shaktoolik
Shaktoolik is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Takuya
A name that means forerunner or pathfinder in Japan
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Thain
An English name that means follower
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Togo
Lead dog for the longest stretch of the 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome
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Xabat
A Basque name which means rescuer or deliverer
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Yas
A Navajo name that means snow
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Yukon
The Yukon Quest is an annual 1000 mile race from Fairbanks, AK to Whitehorse, Yukon

Female Sled Dog Names

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Adesina
A Nigerian name that means she opens the way
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Anvik
Anvik is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Beringia
Annual 950 kilometer Russian race that starts in the city of Kamchatka
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Canada
Most experts believe that dog sledding was invented by the native and Inuit people from Northern Canada
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Chilam
A Native American name that means snowbird
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Cripple
Cripple is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Derby
The American Dog Derby is the oldest dog sled race in the United States
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Dilys
A name from Ireland which means true and steadfast
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Drifa
An Icelandic name that means snow
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Eagle
Eagle Island is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Erna
A name from Germany that means serious or determined
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Galena
Galena is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Grayling
Grayling is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Macy
An English name that means enduring
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Mada
An Arabian name that means the end of the path
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Minty
An English name which means a determined collector of thoughts
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Nellie
A sled dog who won every major sprint race in Alaska at least once before she retired in 1970
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Nevada
A Spanish name that means snowclad
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Nugget
The lead dog on Carl Huntington’s Iditarod winning team in 1974 and Emmitt Peter’s Iditarod winning team in 1975
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Odyssée
La Grande Odyssée is a 900-kilometer race in the French Alps
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Rain
Rainy Pass is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Ruby
Ruby is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Sahara
A name from Arabia that means wilderness
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Siberia
The Siberian Husky was developed in the area of Siberia
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Skwentna
Skwentna is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Sprint
A short, fast race is sometimes referred to as a sprint
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Spunky
Mushers frequently choose dogs with a spunky attitude for running teams
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Takotna
Takotna is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail
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Willow
The first major stop for Iditarod mushers on odd years, and the last on even years
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Yentna
Yentna is one of the checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail

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