Webcam: Sled Dog Puppies

a puppy walking near a partly frozen creek
Nov 10, 2016: Now that the pups are bigger, they're exploring the world around them. As part of their training, encountering snow, ice and water while they're young will help them be more comfortable encountering such conditions on the trail.

NPS Photo

Welcome to the home of the Puppycam, an annual webcam that depicts the early lives of sled dog puppies at the Historic Park Kennels at Denali.

The webcam is available each year during the time that we have puppies. This is variable year-to-year, and it depends on:

  1. when our breeding female enters her heat cycle and
  2. whether or not our breeding is successful.

Intact female dogs generally go into heat a couple of times a year. Breeding usually takes place in late winter or spring, but the exact date varies depending on when the chosen breeding female goes into heat. With a successful breeding, the puppy camera might be turned on as early as May or as late as August in a given year. Even when a female is in heat, however, she may not be receptive to the breeding male; and even if the big event occurs, she may not become pregnant.

November Update:
As regular puppycam viewers know, the sun gets lower in the sky quite rapidly in November. The pups are growing fast and they are spending more and more time training outside the puppy pen.

This means the puppycam shut down for the season on Monday, November 7th. We'll post updates on the pups and the dogs throughout the winter on our blog.

Next summer the "Birthday" litter will be all grown up and we will hopefully have a new litter of pups born and puppycam will return. Happy winter and happy trails!

- Jennifer Raffaeli, Kennels Manager

 
Image of sled dog pups in the 1930s
Waiting at a threshold in Savage Camp, 1936

COURTESY CANDY WAGAMAN COLLECTION

Beyond Cute

Mushing is a cultural tradition across Alaska that dates back many thousands of years. It also provides the National Park Service the most effective available means to patrol vast areas of designated Wilderness during the long winter season.

Managers of the historic Denali sled dog kennels take great care in breeding for qualities suitable for the challenges and responsibilities of a Denali sled dog. Physical traits include long legs to break trail through deep snow, compact paws to resist build up of ice between toes, and sturdy coats and puffy tails to keep warm in the depths of sub-arctic winter. Character traits include tenacity, an unbridled love to pull and run as part of a team, and social skills that tolerate attention of many thousands of admirers to visit the kennels each summer.

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