Skijoring is an exhilarating and fast growing winter sport which combines cross country skiing and dog mushing. Originating in Scandinavia and literally meaning "ski-driving" in Norwegian, skijoring allows a dog and owner to exercise together while enjoying the outdoors. Imagine yourself on a beautiful winter's day gliding behind your canine best friend on a tree lined trail.

Part of skijoring's beauty lies in its simplicity and minimal equipment requirements. Besides basic cross country ski gear, only three items are necessary to skijor: a harness for your dog; a skijoring belt for your waist; and a towline that connects you to your dog. For skijorers in warmer climates (or off season use), these three pieces of equipment also function well for roller skiing, inline skating, scootering or bikejoring with your dog.

Virtually any breed dog can learn to skijor. Northern breeds like Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes and Siberian Huskies have traditionally been used for skijoring due to their instinctive will to pull, but any dog that loves to run is a good skijoring candidate. For example, the German Short-Haired Pointer is very popular in Europe, and recently a team of Pointer crosses won the sprint mushing world championships. If your dog is energetic and 30 pounds or greater, chances are she'll make a great skijor dog.



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