The Continental Kennel Club (CKC) is proud to announce that the registry for the Seppala Siberian sleddog (SSS) will open its books to additional stock on September 10th of 2019. The Seppala Siberian—which first rose to fame for its important role in the 1925 race to deliver lifesaving serum to the isolated residents of Nome, Alaska, during a diphtheria outbreak—has continued to gain popularity and respect among dog mushers over the following decades as a fiercely competitive racing breed.
In 2002, CKC worked with the International Seppala Siberian Sleddog Club (ISSSC) to develop criteria by which breeders and owners of Seppalas could register their dogs, and, from 2002 to 2005, CKC opened its books to Seppala Siberian sleddog registrants. Now, in 2019, CKC is once again working in partnership with the ISSSC to open its books to additional Seppala breeders and owners.
Continental Kennel Club will register dogs that meet any of the following criteria as purebred Seppala Siberian Sleddogs (SSS):
I. Dogs/puppies born to existing CKC-registered SSS parents.
II. Dogs that can trace their pedigree back to CKC-registered SSS ancestors indicating that they have at least 93-percent CKC-registered SSS ancestry.
A. Dogs that are greater than or equal to 93 percent CKC-registered SSS ancestors will be registered as full SSS.
B. Dogs that are less than 93 percent but greater than 46.5 percent CKC-registered SSS ancestry will be registered as Seppala Sleddog/Siberian husky crosses with the calculated percentage.
III. Dogs that meet or exceed a Seppala genetic content level of 93 percent based on the original criteria setup for breed recognition in 2002–2005.
Continental Kennel Club is the registry that gave the Seppala Siberian Sleddog a breed designation of its own. CKC has preserved the records of the original dogs of Leonhard Seppala through every breeding kennel along the way to the present-day descendants of his dogs. This registry is open to dogs of significant Seppala ancestry, and you are invited to join CKC’s efforts to ensure that they continue to have their place in history, their place in the hearts of present-day breeders and mushing enthusiasts the world over, and their reputation as one of the great Nordic breeds of the 21st century.
CKC will open its books to additional Seppala Siberian sleddog stock for a two-year period, beginning on September 10th, 2019, and ending on December 31st, 2021. If you are interested in registering Seppala stock, please contact us at 1-888-952-3376 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if you believe your dog would qualify for this program and are interested in registering, please download and fill out a Canine Registration Application and Pedigree Information Form(s).