Article: Dog Sports » Canicross
Canicross is the term used to describe the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originated in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe, especially in the UK. Canicross is closely related to bikejorring, where participants cycle with their dog and skijoring, where participants ski rather than run.
Canicross can be run with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog a harness, and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.
Originally canicross dogs were of sledding or spitz types such as the husky or malamute but now all breeds have begun taking part including cross breeds, small terrier breeds to large breeds such as rottweilers and standard poodles. Not only can all breeds run but people of all ages and abilities can take part. Including children and the disabled such as the visually impaired. Some breeds are very well suited to not only running and pulling but running at steady pace over a long distance. Cani-cross is now not only a great way for the runner to keep fit, but great for the dogs too. It encourages people and their dogs to take part in outdoor activity and meet other like minded individuals.
CaniX UK are the official body for canicross in the UK and the UK representative on the European Cani-Cross Federation (ECF) affiliated to 11 countries.
In March 2008 CaniX UK ran the first ever canicross event at Crufts, the largest dog show held in the UK. Over 100 runners and their dogs took part in the event.
Canicross events are held all over the UK and Europe by sled dog organizations, by canicross clubs and also many running events will allow runners to participate with their dogs. The European Cani-cross Federation (ECF) can be contacted for more information on events held within Europe.
Distances vary, with events held to cover distances from a mile up to 28 miles or more.
- CaniX UK – official website, CaniX membership, CaniX events calendar, UK Team and ECF UK contact, CaniX running and dog gear
- European Cani-cross Federation (ECF) – official website, European Cani-cross and Bikejor Championships
- Canicross Trail Runners – Organizers of canicross events
- Snowpaw Store – Canicross, skijoring and other sledding equipment resource
- Skijoring resources and information
- Akna K9 Academy Dog Training including canicross running group (Trainer of womens Crufts winner)
- The website of Cani-cross Trail Runners – www.canicross.com
- Canicross Nederland – Organize and inform about canicross events
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