The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a breed of Arctic dogs with a wolf-like appearance. As the name suggests, they have long been used in groups in the cold regions to pull sleds, which delivered in them a pack instinct. These rare dogs have a medium stature with an elongated head with almond eyes, and a black muzzle. Their well-developed neck, shoulder, and chest are adapted to perform their work efficaciously. The legs are also long and high that suit well with a proportionally long tail. No major kennel clubs have yet recognized this as a standardized breed. Since these are Arctic dogs, they cannot withstand heat. Hence, they are not recommended for owners living in tropical countries.
|Coat||Smooth, Dense, Medium|
|Colors||Black, Gray, Sable, White|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Life Span/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
Male: 21 in. – 25 in.;
Female: 19 in. – 22 in.
|Weight||Male: 40 lbs – 60 lbs;
Female: 31 lbs – 53 lbs
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Personality Traits||Loving, intelligent, loyal, active, protective, willing|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Barking||Yes (medium to high)|
For almost fifty years, the Seppala Siberian Sleddog and the Siberian Husky were considered as the same breed because of their common ancestry. The Seppalas neither had a separate registry nor were taken to the show rings. They were exclusively used for pulling sleds in the arctic regions.
As the growing popularity of show ring dogs kept growing, with special emphasis on physical appearance, the Siberian Sleddogs continued to exist as true working dogs. They were kept separated from the show dogs purposefully so as to keep their working strain going.
In the late 1990s, the Canadian agriculture authorities recognized it as an ‘evolving breed’ that helped the new strain gain some prominence. Finally, in 2002, with the effort of the breeders, their lines began to spread in the United States.
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are strictly working dogs and have a strong pack instinct. They are intelligent and would understand the mind of its owner easily. So, all it needs is a consistent ‘pack leader’ whom it can follow. They love the company of their owners and family members, without which they can develop destructive habits.
However, they are considerate over other pets, as they are with the kids. Seppalas love to roam around and have a prey drive, running after small game animals. Backed by their protective instinct, they would tend to bark if they find anything suspicious in and around its house. These sled dogs are, naturally, not recommended for apartment living.
Make two meals, dividing 2½ to 3 cups of good-quality, dry kibbles. But keep an eye on its feeding habits since they are known to be voracious eaters.