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General Information

Please have a look at the information below for further details on canicrossing, bikejoring or skijoring.

These can be done by all ages of human – depending on ability as regards to biking/ skiing – but if you’re very young then an adult needs to be attached to the dog as well.

Also for competition no-one under the age of 7 would be able to run as again just a little too young (sorry!), and 7-10 you need to have an adult run with you who is also attached to the dog.

Dogs under the age of 12 months are not allowed to run competitively in any sport, as it might damage the proper growth of muscles/ ligaments/ bones. However at 12 months they can start to compete in canicrossing, and at 18 months bikejoring.

They can be introduced to the sport of canicrossing earlier but just in short sessions, it is quite a good way to teach them commands (including to ignore another dog(s)) and also to socialise with other dogs and humans.



Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs.

Originating 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 Bikejoring and skijoring.

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. It also  encourages people and their dogs to take part in outdoor activity and meet other like minded individuals.

The first canicross event staged in the UK took place in 2000.

In 2006/07 CaniX UK ran the first UK National Championship; in March 2008 CaniX UK ran the first ever cani-cross event at Crufts, the largest dog show held in the world - over 100 runners and their dogs took part in the event. Canicross events are held all over the UK and Europe by sled dog organisations, Canicross clubs and also many running events will allow runners to participate with their dogs.

The European Canicross Federation (ECF) can be contacted for more information on events held within Europe.


Bikejoring is a dog mushing activity related to skijoring, canicross, and dog scootering. It is a sport where a harnessed dog(s), who are attached to a towline, have to pull and run ahead of a cyclist.

It is a dry land (non snow season) activity, like canicross & scooter, and thought to have derived from the mushers keeping their dogs fit out of season.

Although any breed of dog can be used Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Malamutes, Alaskan Huskies, Sled Hounds and Pointers are probably the most popular breeds for bikejoring 

Bikejoring and dog scootering are activities that can be beneficial to the health and fitness of dogs, it can be used to provide dogs with work and exercise, without letting them run off leash and endangering wild-life or livestock.

Bikejoring  usually takes place cross country on soft trails, as the dogs should not be run far over paved surfaces due to potential damage to their paws or limbs.

Your dog must be at least 18 months old before being able to take part in a bikejor competition. 

The biker must also wear a helmet at all times, and ensure that their bike is in good working order.

{some of the extract taken from Wikipedia}



It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving.

Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog(s) assist a cross-country skier. 

One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog; the dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the owner’s voice for direction.

Many breeds of dog participate in skijoring, the only prerequisite is a desire to run down a trail and pull, which is innate in many dogs. Small dogs are not often seen skijoring as they do not greatly assist the skier,however, since the skier can provide as much power as is required to travel, any enthusiastic dog can participate.

The sport is practiced recreationally and competitively, both for long distance travel and for short (sprint) distances.Skijor races are held in many countries where there is snow in winter. Most races are between 5 kilometers and 20 kilometers in length.

The longest race is the KALEVALA held in Kalevala, Karelia, Russia, with a distance of 440 kilometres (270 mi). Next is the River Runner 120 held in Whitehorse, Yukon, with a distance of 120 miles (190 km). In the United States and Canada, skijoring races are often held in conjunction with sled dog races, skijoring being just one category of race that occurs during the day’s activities.

In Scandinavia, skijor racing is tightly associated with the older Scandinavian sport of Pulka.

Useful Links

Equipment –

Local Businesses:

Trailbaby Sled Dog/ K9

Other Businesses:

K9 Trailtime


Manmat Scotland



Snowpaw Store





K9 Active

Camddwr Canine

Other Canicross/ Bikejor Groups – 

(so you know where to look when off on your holidays – get advice on best routes, accommodation etc)

CaniSport Scotland – they have a link to all the other groups in Scotland

Canirunners – they have a link to a variety of other groups in the UK

Races/ Events  – 

CaniSport Scotland’s Facebook Page


Team Pointer Sled Dog Racing Facebook Page


Sled Dog Association of Scotland (SDAS)



Cross Training Providers for Humans-

Fun-Key Fitness – based Kinloss but also do Bootcamps (& massages!!)

Inverness Leisure Centre

Highlife Highland – good website to show what’s happening in your local area

Alternative Therapies – 

Highland Hydrotherapy Facebook Page

Alba Physiotherapy Facebook Page / Alba Physiotherapy Website

Press Paws Facebook Page

Mushing Experience – 

Bowlands Trails – Lead Dog Training


UK Competitions – 

These are a variety of events across the country, further information can be found by clicking on the various links.

SCOTLAND  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 

CaniSports Scotland (CSS) Race links can be found here: CSS Link

Cani-Fit Race links can be found here: Cani-Fit Link

Cani-Sports Edinburgh Race links can be found here: Race links can be found here:

Sled Dog Association of Scotland (SDAS) Race links can be found here:  SDAS Race Calendar . They run a league of dog sledding, scootering, bikejoring and canicrossing; however you do need to be a member to enter.

ENGLAND 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 

Canicross Midlands run a league of races, canicross, scootering and
bikejor events. For further info, please contact Claire Martin. 07794435318.
claire–martin@hotmail.com                 www.canicrossmidlands.co.uk

Canix run a league of cani-cross events. They are mainly based in England, but all entrants are welcome. For more info and to enter go to:  CaniX