Five Facts About the Seppala Siberian Sleddog

In this episode of Talkin’ Dogs, we’re going to tell you about the Seppala’s incredible history and some super interesting facts about the breed.

A Historic Hero

Most people have heard of the heroic dog, Togo. In 1925, Nome, Alaska, had an outbreak of diphtheria and could not have medicine arrive by boat, so the only option was sled dogs. This is where the fame of the incredibly athletic Seppala Siberian sleddog was born. Togo used his instincts to help Seppala, and the other sled dogs complete their stretch of the race safely. Togo’s uncanny instincts would go on to help hundreds of people in need of the serum.


Seppala Siberian Sleddogs are born and bred to pull sleds and expend much energy as efficiently as possible. They seem to never run out of it which makes them an ideal running partner. Even after pulling a sled for days, they are still eager to hit the trail once rested. They also thrive in colder weather and can become easily overheated if not properly acclimated to warmer climates.


Seppalas look for a leader and have strong pack instincts. They are typically gentle, docile, and are not aggressive -- even when it comes to strangers. Seppalas form strong bonds with their family and coexist with other dogs in their pack with ease. If left alone, they could develop destructive tendencies. 


The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is beautiful in appearance, even though their work ethic is what attracts their owners. They are a straight, medium hair breed who comes in a variety of colors, including white, gray, black. Some have incredibly clear blue eyes while others have hazel or brown. The seppalas weight can fall between 30-65 pounds, and they can reach between 19-24 inches in height. 

CKC ♥s Seppala Siberian Sleddog 

Here at Continental Kennel Club, we’ve worked hard to help in preserving the Seppala by recognizing it as a separate breed from the Siberian husky. Without providing a way to register these beautiful dogs as a unique breed, they would’ve simply been absorbed into the Siberian Husky breed and disappeared. Many registries do not recognize this beautiful dog as a separate breed, but here at CKC, we want to make sure this exceptional breed does not get lost to time.


Do you have any interesting facts about the Seppala Siberian Sleddog? Let us know in the comments. You can also find more detailed information on the Great Race of Mercy and CKC’s efforts in our blog linked below. Remember to like, comment, share, and subscribe. Thanks for watching!

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