The illustration captured a dog in harness, pulling a pulk. There are also a lot of dates about the first historical records of the use of sled dogs, mostly back to the tenth century. A new study bolsters the idea, that human began to breed the artic dogs more than 9.500 years ago; mostly for pulling sleds. This study also adds DNA evidence suggesting the Malamute had already begun to evolve to adapt the temperatures.
So, what we can say, is that Sled dogs cooperated with humans for many thousands of years. Also, some anthropologists suggest that human habitation and survival in the Arctic would never have been possible without sled dogs.
The reason: Those intrepid teams of hard-working dogs were the primary method of winter travels, especially in the early days. Further, sled dogs were made to pull freight. During the gold rushes those dogs brought everything home what the indigenous need – food, mining supplies, medicine, gold, passengers and more. This possibility often meant the difference between life and death.
Dog teams were also indispensable to Arctic traveler, explorer, missionaries, doctors, lawmen, dolg seekers, mail drivers. They all need a always-reliable dog team. Not only men were called mushers, also women – like Mary Joyce – used to run a team of sled dogs.