Seppala Siberian Sleddog
Originally from Canada, the Seppala Siberian Sleddog could at one time not be differentiated from the Siberian Husky dog. However, while the Siberian Husky dog evolved into a show ring dog, the Seppala Siberian Sleddog remained a work dog and as a result, owners started separating the two breeds of dogs.
By the late 1990s, the Canadian government had taken interest in Seppala Siberian Sleddogs enough to warrant recognition as a breed of their own. They would from 2002 be spread to other parts of the world including the United States as an independent breed.
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is both trainable and docile if the right exercise is provided. It emits high energy levels especially at a tender age. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog's trainability depends on the trainer being of a stronger mind than them since their intelligence helps them detect weakness, and thus if being handled by a weak leader, they are unlikely to obey. What follows is a combination of willfulness and mischief. In moderate temperatures, Seppalas are ideal running/jogging mates.
Additionally, they are pack animals and do not do well if left alone for a long time, as it affects their minds, sometimes leading to destructive consequences. They like to hunt and roam but do not consume a lot of food and understanding them ensures the owner gets maximum companionship benefit from this working dog.
Lifespan and Shedding
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog's lifespan is estimated at 12 to 16 years. They have a beautiful full coat that comes in handy during winters and in icy regions. The coat is shed twice a year and at such times the fur is voluminous which means the owner must brush the dog daily and also have a vacuum cleaner to help with the collection of the fur from surfaces.
They are generally clean dogs and rarely do they require baths, but if required, a mild dog shampoo should be used to ensure their skins' oily coating is protected as it comes in handy when faced by extreme weathers. In cool and wet days, getting them dry can be a challenge and thus if possible, the trainer/owner should have a blow drier to help with drying them.
Possessing a comb, pin brush, Deshedder and Nail Clipper helps in the rearing of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog and in the maintenance of its beauty because while it may have remained a working dog, it still has the beauty possessed by the Siberian Husky dog.
|22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
|40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
|Average $600 - $800 USD