Dave Dalton

61 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Dalton Gang Members, Alaska Heli-Mush Tours (Juneau, AK), and Host Families: Dalton Family, Lee Lowery (Fairbanks, AK) and Kitchen Family (Whitehorse, YT)

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Healy, AK
Occupation(s): Dog Musher/ Tour Guide
Kennel Name: Dalton Gang Kennels
Name Origination: By using my last name and the fact that dogs run in a gang-line.
Kennel Bloodlines: Dalton
Breeds: Alaskan Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 40

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
The Dalton Gang will be returning with several finishers from the 2018 race. Leader brothers Bobber and Spinner making their 5th race appearance, along with the 7 Dwarfs sibling Happy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc. Panda's pups Grizzly, Yogi and Polar are back. Last years rookies from Country singers liter, Hank Jr., Willie and Waylon will back. Competing for their spot in this years line-up are the rookies from the Chip litler: Ruffles, Cheeto, Maui, Scoop along with the Outlaws: Scarlet, Kitty, Butch and Billy.

How did you get started running dogs?
I became the owner of a litter of 13 Airdale/Alaskan Husky puppies and they started my recreational sled dog team.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Taking a young, inexperienced dog team and watching them grow stronger and more confident.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Yukon Quest Finishers Club.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
To improve over last year with a happy and healthy team.

What music do you listen to on the trail?
Country and Rock n' Roll

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
Theme names from family, friends and puppy sponsors.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 - Yukon Quest - 10th; 2008 - Yukon Quest - 3rd; 2006 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2005 - Yukon Quest - 4th; 2004 - Yukon Quest - 3rd and the Veterinarian's Choice Award for finishing with all 14 dogs; 1988 - Yukon Quest - Rookie Race - 21st and started with 12 dogs and finished with 12 dogs.

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2018 10 12d 5h 17m
2017 10 12d 3h 33m
2016 11 10d 17h 48m
2015 11 11d 13h 13m
2014 - Scratched
2013 12 10d 20h 48m
2012 10 11d 4h 3m
2011 9 12d 10h 7m
2010 14 11d 0h 40m
2009 - Scratched
2008 3 11d 9h 35m
2007 10 11d 14h 2m
2006 4 10d 20h 8m
2005 4 11d 2h 41m
2004 3 11d 12h 48m
2002 - Scratched
2001 13 12d 16h 45m
2000 - Scratched
1999 14 13d 4h 51m
1998 11 12d 6h 44m
1997 7 12d 23h 32m
1996 14 15d 6h 31m
1994 18 12d 20h 50m
1993 - Scratched
1992 - Scratched
1991 10 11d 21h 0m
1990 16 13d 16h 3m
1988 21 15d 23h 1m