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Discussion in 'Sports & Activities' started by GK1, May 22, 2016.

  1. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    Sled dogs and humans. Two of planet Earth’s most efficient distance runners.
    • Iditarod Race- ~1000 miles of dog-sled pulling over a 1.5 week time frame. Some of the harshest arctic conditions on planet Earth.
    • Badwater 135. Human foot race starting in Death Valley, CA. In July.
    Dogs like humans can be trained for the long haul over land. However dog cannot dissipate heat like human.

    Reading the keep essay authored by this individual Mr. Mayfield on another thread, I wonder if the APBT is somewhat of a warm weather equivalent of the northern breed/sled dog in terms of endurance. If so, maybe 6-8 hours of sustained, warm temperature conditioning on the mill, or on the road/trail is a realistic measuring stick in the conditioning cycle of a canine athlete.


    Good observations,,,
    you think of the sled dogs running a thousand miles in ten days which equivalates a hundred miles a day,,,
    about the same as Mayfield was working them with a noticeable difference being temperatures...
  3. slim12

    slim12 CH Dog Staff Member

    Some things are very similar. The dogs unbelievable abilities to work/perform are amazing.

    The real key is to identify which part of the other dogs work-feed-rest will benefit yours. Mushing.com the sled dog magazine has some great articles on feeding the working dogs. A thousand years ago these dogs were fueled with high fat diets, blubber and scraps and such, and then man outsmarted himself with dry kibble. The again out smarting himself with high protein, high carbohydrate diets for dogs because it is what worked for humans. Through research and testing it has been found the dogs perform better on high fat diets. A thousand years to come full circle.

    This high fat diet transfers well tot he working APBT.

    The long steady state runs the sled dogs do is really beneficial to the APBT as well. Google steady state running. It is calculated by distance and time to set a speed. Basically it is a s fast as you can run and cover a certain distance in a certain time. If you speed up you may cover the distance in a shorter time but will tire and can't go any further. Slow down and it will take longer but you can go further.

    The sled dogs sleep in the brutal elements. Their high fat/high protein/high caloric intake off sets the weight loss shivers in the night. This is key to a bulldog because he is working at a certain weight and can't be under on a particular day. Upping the feed, the right feed, is huge.

    Lots of differences. Lots of similarities. Picking what helps is really smart.

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  4. stinkrock

    stinkrock Top Dog

    Thanks for the info. Slim12 I'm going to check out the website you spoke of.
  5. slim12

    slim12 CH Dog Staff Member


    a good site for optimal feeding the working dog.

  6. GK1

    GK1 Big Dog

    Good info @slim12. Yes, canine fuel is as important as the training regimen.

    Radiator, thermostat.

    While the APBT may have the inherent capacity for endurance approaching that of the northern/sled dog breeds, he is certainly not designed for the cold temperatures. Yet is better equipped for warm weather exertion.

    Trained human can take the heat even more effectively than most, if not all dogs. Human may be the ultimate overland distance athlete - relative to the stress of high ambient temperatures.


    all good reads!!!
    what a bulldog had a fur coat and a muzzle,,,
    than could one compete in the iditarod???
  8. c_note

    c_note CH Dog

    A good American Bulldog might make it. They are less DA on average. My old one wouldn't start shit, but he wasn't takin any either

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