Could Your Dog Run the Iditarod?

By: Zoe Samuel

Could Your Dog Run the Iditarod?
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About This Quiz

The Iditarod takes place every March and it's the most challenging dog race in the world! Named for the Iditarod River, the race began in 1973. It typically begins in Anchorage and goes all the way to Nome, which is almost 1,000 miles away, though there have been a couple of times that conditions were too mild in Anchorage for the race to begin there, meaning that it had to start in Fairbanks, which is further north.

It used to take about three weeks to complete the race, but these days, the dogs are healthier, the drivers are a little smarter and race times have been cut to about 10 days. All sorts of disasters and adventures have befallen the so-called "mushers" who compete, from having to resuscitate a dog using mouth to nose, to one musher stopping to help another who had broken their ankle. The last finisher always receives a red lantern to honor how difficult it is to finish the race at all.

Race conditions are typically very cold and fairly dark, meaning that the mushers must eat enormous amounts of food and be capable of navigating at night. The dogs must have the right temperament to complete the race, which varies somewhat depending on which position they race in. Would your dog make the grade? Let's find out!

How fast is your dog?
I've clocked my dog over 25 mph
About 20 mph
My dog can outrun me.
I can outrun my dog.

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How much does your pooch weigh?
More than 140 pounds
100 pounds
40 to 70 pounds
Under 30 pounds

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What's the biggest person your dog could carry for a brief moment?
A toddler
A 1-year-old baby
An infant
A doll

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Does your dog like other dogs, generally speaking?
Yes, my dog is the friendliest dog!
Mostly
My dog has a few friends.
My dog hates everyone.

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How many calories could your dog eat per day?
12,000
10,000
5,000
My dog doesn't actually eat much.

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Would your dog be happy to wear little booties like the Iditarod dogs?
My dog won't leave the house without them!
My dog doesn't love them, but doesn't complain.
My dog hates booties.
My dog refuses to wear booties.

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What sort of sponsor would your dog's specific type of cuteness attract?
A huge corporation, like Pepsi
An outdoor corporation, like Patagonia
A cool corporation, like Nike
A fancy corporation, like Louis Vuitton

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It's all about the fans. What would your dog's preferred social media platform be?
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn

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How thick is your dog's coat?
Like a bear
Like a tiger
Like a cat
Like a mouse

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Can your dog take initiative when they haven't been told what to do?
Yes, my dog is very smart.
‚ÄčOnce in a while, my dog impresses me.
No, but my dog is very trainable.
Absolutely not.

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How obedient is your dog when you give an order?
100 percent
Mostly
Average
My dog ignores most of what I say.

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How many words does your dog know?
More than 20
10 to 15
Five
Their name and "sit!"

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How long did your dog take to get housetrained?
Six weeks
10 weeks
Four months
Six months or more

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What is your dog afraid of?
Nothing
The vacuum
Smoke
Everything

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Does your dog like other people?
Yes, generally
Only if they are dog people!
Only family
My dog only likes me!

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Could your dog handle the wildlife out in the Alaskan wilderness?
Yes, my dog is a hunter.
My dog would love to try!
The smaller creatures, sure!
Nope!

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Where does your dog sleep?
Outdoor kennel
Utility room
My room, in their bed
My room, in my bed!

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If you have to shoot at a bear to scare it off, how will your dog deal with the gunshots?
My dog will love it; guns mean hunting!
My dog will be surprised.
My dog will be scared.
My dog will run away.

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Does your dog like wearing little outfits?
My dog loves it!
My dog doesn't mind outfits.
My dog minds it, but not so much that I can't get him to wear things.
My dog chews at the clothing until it is all destroyed.

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Has your dog ever been injured?
Never!
Once, but it was a long time ago.
Yes, he hurt his leg.
Yes, she have had some really bad injuries.

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Does your dog love going for multiple walkies in one day?
Absolutely!
Up to a point
My dog will do two, but is a little lazy for more than that.
Not really

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If you go cycling, can your dog run nicely to heel?
Absolutely!
Generally
My dog is fine until there's a car!
Nope

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Does your dog have the strength to push through when tired?
Yes, I have seen my dog do this!
I think so.
Maybe
I doubt it!

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Does your dog mind crowds?
My dog loves crowds!
My dog can handle it.
My dog prefers small groups.
My dog gets nervous in crowds.

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How old is your dog?
6 years old
3 years old
9 years old
11 years old

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What breed is your dog most like?
Husky
St. Bernard
Labrador
Chihuahua

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Where did you get your dog?
I bred my dog myself.
From a reputable breeder
From a shelter
From a puppy store

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Has your dog ever run off for more than half an hour?
Yes, many times
Yes, once
Not really
My dog has rarely been out of my sight!

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Can your dog adapt to new situations?
Yes, my dog loves a challenge.
Only within certain parameters
Not easily, but yes
No, my dog would freak out.

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Does your dog have natural leadership quality over other dogs?
Absolutely
Somewhat
My dog is a follower.
My dog doesn't care about such things.

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