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Did you know… While both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year–according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game–male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid- December.
Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl.
We should have known. Only women would be able to drag a fat ol’ man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.


sorry, gotta restate Reindeer Facts :
Listen up. Alaska has no native reindeer, as they come from Asia and Europe. Although Alaska has some reindeer farms, they are privately owned and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game would have little to do with them.
Now, let’s assume Santa is a competent breeder of reindeer. Breeding season runs roughly from the middle of September to the middle of January and often is called simply “rut.” Breeding males in rut would not be used to pull a sleigh at Christmas for
three reasons needed for breeding season; not in prime health because of the rigors of chasing females; and not trustworthy during personality change caused by rut.
Similarly, breeding females would not be used to
pull a sleigh because they need to be in prime
health for breeding.

If Santa can’t use breeding males or breeding females
to pull his sleigh at Christmas, what’s left?

Ah, the true answer, verified by checking with my
reindeer farming neighbors and buddies, is …
steers [geldings]!

Reindeer steers have antlers at Christmas, do not
change personality significantly during rut, and are
not needed for breeding.

There you have it. Santa’s reindeer are males …
or at least they were.



  1. Alaska, christmas, snow, santa hm……..

  2. whatelse you want? jus order then im gonna ask santa to bring it to you but gotta make sure you’re not on the naughty list first 🙂

  3. @dina:yes you are, i’ve seen it myself

  4. of course i am not on the naughty list, i am a good girl 😀

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