Dogs in Antarctica

Tales from the Pack


Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent

Crew of Roald Amundsen's Fram expedition on deck with dogs
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Canine Companions

Dogs in Antarctica weren't just for pulling sledges – they also provided companionship for the humans living on the ice

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Osman the Great, sledge dog on Scott's Terra Nova expedition
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Zoo Attractions

Some dogs who survived the ice lived out their days in the relative comfort of New Zealand zoo enclosures

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Husky dog with parachute harness
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Courageous Deeds

Some dogs were noted for their bravery in the face of Antarctica's freezing temperatures and savage winds

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Husky dog Samson from Shackleton's Endurance expedition in his 'dogloo'
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Hardships

Life was tough for the dogs in Antarctica

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Husky dog Moll as a puppy. Moll worked with Bob Miller on the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition
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Puppies!

Many dogs were born on the ice. The puppies were a welcome distraction for explorers and many grew up to pull sledges themselves

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Legacies

Dogs are no longer allowed in Antarctica, but they will always be part of the icy continent's history

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Dog Panky from Admiral Byrd's second Antarctic expedition
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Equipment for the Pack

To work in Antarctica, dogs needed equipment ranging from harnesses to booties

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Dogs on Film

Early video footage of dogs in Antarctica, plus Scott Base dog handlers tell stories from their time on the ice

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Expedition Timeline

A handy guide to the expeditions that took dogs to Antarctica

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