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Huskies sniff out rally success

Husky dog
More than 200 teams are expected to take part in the event

Hundreds of huskies are making their way to Aviemore to take part in the annual Sled Dog Rally.

About 200 teams of dogs, including Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo dogs, will compete.

The weekend's event in the Cairngorms, in which sled mushers are pulled by a team of dogs, has been organised by the Siberian Husky Club.

The first competition took place in 1984 at Loch Morlich.

The event is one of the biggest gatherings of its kind in the UK for dogs which were first bred to pull sleds in Arctic conditions hundreds of years ago.

Sled dogs, which can travel at speeds of up to 20mph, will take part in a practice day on Thursday and attend other events on Friday.

The races begin on Saturday, with the event closing following an award ceremony on Sunday.

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