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Seppala Siberian Sleddog

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a rare working breed bred from Siberian breeds imported into Alaska. The breed was made famous for their domination of the All-Alaska Sweepstakes distance race from 1914 to 1917. The breed’s popularity lost steam in the 1960s with a kennel closure which forced them to face extinction. Few original bloodlines exist today, most of them in the Yukon Territory. The breed shares its ancestry with the more common Siberian Husky.

The breed generally stands 22 to 23 inches tall and weighs 40 to 50 pounds. The eyes of the breed are blue, brown, or both. The coat of the breed is dense, smooth, and medium length. It is often pure white or buff and white, but it can be black of one of many shades of gray with varied patterns and spotting, or sometimes even sable. The ears of the breed are tall, close-set and erect and the tail is held high and curved over the back.

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is energetic and strong. Despite its relatively small build it is an extremely efficient puller ““ even moreso than some larger northern breeds. Although it is an energetic breed it is still very docile and trainable with a strong work ethic. The breed is incredibly loyal to its owner and is very cooperative and easily trainable. The breed is serious about its work yet has a happy disposition.

The breed generally lives from 12 to 16 years and typically works well and remains healthy until it is 10 or 11 years old. The breed may experience health issues such as allergies, cancer, or eye problems.

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Seppala Siberian Sleddog