Off Snow or Dryland as its more commonly known is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the northern hemisphere. The UK can boast to be up there with the best! Over the years we have fielded teams in international competition and have had success with several World and European champions in both!
The UK sled dog racing season holds around 60 competitive sled dog races across the country by around 10 different sled dog clubs or organisations.
Approximately 300 - 400 teams race on a regular basis in the UK running a variety of breeds from Siberian Huskies to Scandinavian Hounds, Alaskan Malamutes to Alaskan Huskies, Samoyeds, Greenland and Candian Eskimo dogs.
Dog drivers, or Mushers as they are commonly known, compete using high performance wheeled 'rigs' designed especially for the sport. The UK is a world leader in rig manufacture with several different makes being sold to mushers inside and outside the UK.
Team sizes can range in size from 1 dog canicross, scooter and bikejor teams to 8 dog sled dog teams.
2015 sees the 'Off Snow' world championships being held in Canada, where athletes who have qualified and are selected will be representi
Races can be found across the UK, from the heathlands of Thetford Forest, to the Midlands Pine forests of Sherwood, the sandy trails of Pembrey and the mountains of Scotland.
Sled dog clubs and independant event organisors put on the races which can vary from Kennel Club registered dogs and specific breeds only to fully open races where any breed either registered or not are catered for. Some clubs being affiliated to the KC are unable to offer open classes but there is always something for all, a quick search around the internet will provide websites for most. Follow the links on the left side bar for clubs and organisation affiliated to the BSSF.