A century has barely passed since the first Siberian sled dog imports made landfall onto the frozen landscape of Alaska. Siberian sled dogs had survived the harsh realities of existing in northeastern Siberia; they became a product of their vast, bleak, frozen environment. These genuine sled dogs had the will and drive to persevere. As they made a name for themselves they became the heart of the Seppala Siberian Sled Dog and the forerunner of the modern day Siberian Husky.
Throughout Alaska, many dog drivers ran Siberian sled dogs; however their most significant influence was a Norwegian named Leonhard Seppala. From the "All Alaska Sweepstakes" to the "Great Race of Mercy", Leonhard Seppala and his dogs embodied competitiveness, courage and heroism. In remembrance of Leonhard Seppala's dogs, enthusiasts began to breed the Seppala "type" of sled dog through the 1930s' and beyond. Breeders such as; Wheeler, Shearer, Belford and more recently, Bragg and Willett played a role in the development of today's Seppala Siberian Sled Dog.
In 2002 the International Seppala Siberian Sleddog Club (ISSSC) in collaboration with the Continental Kennel Club (ConKC) set forth ten foundation dogs for a breed. Those ten dogs are as follows: Kree Vanka, Tserko, Harry, Smoky, Togo, Kolyma, Nome, Pearl, Dushka, and Sonia. Today's Seppala Siberian Sled Dog has evolved from those twentieth century Siberian sled dogs and still holds true to its enduring heritage to competitively pull a sled. The Seppala is a capable, sturdy, quick and enduring dog. The preservation of the sound Seppala Siberian Sled Dog in performance and companionship is our goal.
For more information please visit the International Seppala Siberian Sleddog Club.
Sisters Billie & Blaze of Cold Canyon
All Seppala. All attitude.