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Seppala Siberian Sleddog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Seppala Siberian Sleddog so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginCanada
Other Names
What other names does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have? The dog breed also known as...
Sepp Siberian Sleddog, Siberian Sleddog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Seppala Siberian Sleddog price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Seppala Siberian Sleddog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Seppala Siberian Sleddog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Seppala Siberian Sleddog gets to a happy place.

History

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog’s history was for almost fifty years, considered to be the same as the Siberian Husky’s history, thus the uniqueness of this breed was sometimes questioned by most of the experts early on. The North-Eastern Siberian Sled dogs are believed to be the ancestors of the Seppala Siberian Sled Dog, the breed inherited their predecessors’ capabilities to cope with merciless gale-force winds, blizzards on frozen and icy lands.

The famous sled-driver, Leonhard Seppala is credited with the development of the breed. Mr. Seppala was an immigrant from Norway, who went to Alaska in order to seek out his fortune, by searching and mining gold, in the era of the gold rush. However, his name became known as the most successful dogsled racer of his time. Once a Russian fur trader named Willian Goosak went to the village of Nome, in Alaska to sell some fur coats to the racers, he also brought a team of ten North-Eastern Siberian Sled dogs with him which immediately caught the attention of the locals. For the reason that this breed was a smaller one, the locals started to call them Siberian Rats. Yet, contrary to their beliefs and underestimation of the breed, they managed to win at the Nome Sweepstakes race, in 1909. After their first success, Mr. Seppala had also required two specimens of the breed, and then, in 1913, he was entrusted to lead a team of Siberian Huskies which were then known as the Chukchi Huskies. From 1914 to 1917 Mr. Seppala became a world-known legend by dominating the Alaskan Sweepstakes races.

In 1925, there was an outbreak of diphtheria, in the remote village of Nome, and Mr. Seppala becomes famous by taking his sled dogs in a series of dogs relays which covered more than 340 miles in icy winds, snowy lands, in below 0 temperatures, in order to deliver the antidote to save the people of Nome. Fortunately, he succeeded and has become a popular figure, represented by most of the major newspapers all around the world.  Then, Mr. Seppala started to focus on developing further these breeds. He imported North-Eastern Siberian Sled dogs and mixed them with Siberian Huskies, with the intention of creating a new, outstanding sled dog, which later became known after him, as the Seppala Siberian Sleddog. However, by 1969, the Seppala Siberian Sleddog was facing extinction, because their numbers were drastically declining. Thanks to the collaborative work of the Seppineau Kennel in the United States, and the Markova Kennel in Canada, they managed to revive the breed. Even though they saved the breed from extinction, nowadays, the Seppala Siberian Sleddog remained in rarity, it is mostly still used as a working breed.

The distinction between the Seppala Siberian Sleddog and the Siberian Husky was not always clear cut, although, when they started to showcase the Husky in show rings, the two breeds got separated significantly. Breeders started putting more emphasis on the Seppala Siberian Sleddog’s physical capabilities as sled dogs and behavioral characteristics, and more attention to the Husky’s physical appearance and beauty.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Seppala Siberian Sleddog size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog weigh? Seppala Siberian Sleddog weight:
40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog? Seppala Siberian Sleddog average weight:
45 pounds (20.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Seppala Siberian Sleddog? Seppala Siberian Sleddog height:
22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Seppala Siberian Sleddog average height:
Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Seppala Siberian Sleddog's coat?
SablePiebaldGrayWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Seppala Siberian Sleddog and how often?
Easy to groom: The Seppala Siberian Sleddog doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Sepp Siberian Sleddog? Seppala Siberian Sleddog shedding level:
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActivePrimitiveCooperativeTrainableAffectionateInquisitive
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Seppala Siberian Sleddog? Are they intelligent?
Average: Seppala Siberian Sleddog's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Seppala Siberian Sleddog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Seppala Siberian Sleddogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Sepp Siberian Sleddog need? Seppala Siberian Sleddog social needs:
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Siberian Sleddog bark?
Low to Average: The Seppala Siberian Sleddog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog good as a watchdog?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Seppala Siberian Sleddogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Seppala Siberian Sleddog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Sepp Siberian Sleddog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Seppala Siberian Sleddog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog do?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Seppala Siberian Sleddogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Seppala Siberian Sleddog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Seppala Siberian Sleddog roam?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Seppala Siberian Sleddog have high prey drive?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Seppala Siberian Sleddog and children:
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Seppala Siberian Sleddogs good office dogs? Do Seppala Siberian Sleddogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddogs be office dogs?
No
Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Sepp Siberian Sleddog temperament with senior people? Are Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs good for elderly owners?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs get along with other pets? Are Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Seppala Siberian Sleddog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a boat dog?
Not really
Seppala Siberian Sleddog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Seppala Siberian Sleddog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs have health problems?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog breed? Health risks of Seppala Siberian Sleddog:
AllergiesCancerCataractsCorneal DystrophyProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Seppala Siberian Sleddog be?
12-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Seppala Siberian Sleddog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Seppala Siberian Sleddog dogs require per day?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Seppala Siberian Sleddog risk for obesity:
Average. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Seppala Siberian Sleddog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Seppala Siberian Sleddog drool?
The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Seppala Siberian Sleddog. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Seppala Siberian Sleddog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Seppala Siberian Sleddog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Seppala Siberian Sleddog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Seppala Siberian Sleddog

Pros
  • Trainability: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Seppala Siberian Sleddog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are good watchdogs.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Office Friendly: Seppala Siberian Sleddog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Brian cook

    Feb 22, 2020, 10:58:55 PM:

    I’ve owned dogs my whole life. I have Australian cattle dogs. I would love to own one of these dogs.. for I live for my dogs and would love to feel that liveliness of a Sepula Siberian...