Iditarod Inspiration Balto Really Was A ‘Damn Fine DOG’

“Balto is more genetically diverse and genetically healthier than your breed dog of today but similar to those working Alaskan dogs that we have now—which is what you expect from a group that is still bred for work rather than the aesthetic phenotype that breed dogs are now held to.” Katherine Moon, genome study leader

  • Scientists sequenced the genome of Balto, famous sled dog of 1925 “Serum Run.”
  • Balto was just part Siberian husky and, contrary to popular legend, not part wolf.
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