Seppala Siberian Sleddog

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Sled Dogs



Breed Type



12-16 years


Breed Information

Group Sled Dogs
Popularity/Rank 354
Origin Canada
Other Names Sepp Siberian Sleddog, Siberian Sleddog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Seppala Siberian Sleddog cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Seppala Siberian Sleddog if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Seppala Siberian Sleddog from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Height 22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
Lifespan 12-16 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Working Dog, Sled Pulling
Date of Origin 1914
Ancestry Northeastern Siberian Sled Dogs

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense
Coat Colors Black, Gray, Piebald, Sable, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Blue, Brown, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Gray, Pied, Sable, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Affectionate, Caring, Cooperative, Inquisitive, Primitive, Productive, Trainable
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Cancer, Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 120 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2 to 2.5 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Seppala Siberian Sleddog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a breed of sled dog that originated in Siberia. It is a medium-sized, strong, and hardy dog with a thick double coat that comes in various colors. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog has been used for centuries to pull sleds and transport goods across the frozen tundra of Siberia.

Appearance: The Seppala Siberian Sleddog has a muscular body with strong legs and feet. Its head is wedge-shaped with erect ears and almond-shaped eyes. Its tail is usually carried curled over its back or tucked between its legs when it runs. The coat of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog can be black, white, gray, or any combination of these colors.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog is 12 to 15 years.
Size: The average size of the Seppala Siberian Sleddog ranges from 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 40 to 60 pounds.
Weight: The weight range for this breed varies from 40 to 60 pounds depending on gender and size.
Colors: Colors include black, white, gray, or any combination thereof.
Personality: This breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, courage, strength, endurance and willingness to please its owners. They are also very friendly dogs who love being around people and other animals alike but can be wary of strangers at first until they get used to them better over time. They are also very active dogs who need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally so they make great companions for those who lead an active lifestyle as well as those who just want a loyal companion by their side all day long!
Friendliness with Other Dogs/Animals/Children: This breed gets along well with other dogs as long as they are properly socialized from an early age; however they may be wary around strange animals due to their natural instinctive behavior towards predators such as wolves or bears which were common in their native environment in Siberia centuries ago! As far as children go this breed loves them but should always be supervised when playing together due to their size difference which could lead to accidental injuries if not monitored closely enough!
Temperament: This breed has an even temperament that makes them great family pets; however they do have an independent streak which means that training should start early on so that you can establish yourself as the pack leader before any bad habits start forming! They are also very intelligent dogs so teaching them new tricks will come easy if you use positive reinforcement methods such as treats or praise when rewarding good behavior instead of punishing bad behavior which could lead them into becoming fearful or aggressive towards humans instead!
Health Issues: Generally speaking this breed does not suffer from many health issues; however some may develop hip dysplasia due to their large size so it’s important that you keep your pet’s weight under control by providing him/her with regular exercise throughout his/her life span! Additionally some may suffer from eye problems such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) so regular checkups at your vet’s office are recommended in order catch these issues early on before they become more serious down the line!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets : This breed adapts well both indoors and outdoors making it suitable for most living situations; however since they were bred for cold climates it’s important that you provide your pet with adequate shelter during extreme weather conditions such as snow storms etc… Additionally since this breed loves being around people it makes them great companions whether you live alone or have a family full of kids running around all day long – either way your pet will always be happy just having someone there by his/her side no matter what else might be going on around him/her at any given moment!


The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is a breed of dog used for sledding. It is named after Leonhard Seppala, a Finnish-American musher who played a significant role in the development of the breed. The Seppala Siberian Sleddog is considered to be one of the oldest and purest breeds of sled dog, and is thought to be descended from dogs brought to Siberia by Mongolian invaders in the 13th century.

The Seppala Siberian Sleddog nearly became extinct in the early 1900s, due to a combination of factors including the introduction of motorized vehicles, which made sled dogs obsolete, and the Russian Revolution, which resulted in widespread starvation. In 1925, Leonhard Seppala imported a team of 14 Seppala Siberian Sleddogs from Siberia to Alaska, in an effort to preserve the breed. The dogs proved their worth during the diphtheria epidemic of 1925, when they were used to transport life-saving antitoxin serum over 674 miles (1,085 km) of treacherous terrain in just five and a half days.

The heroic efforts of Leonhard Seppala and his team of Seppala Siberian Sleddogs captured the public imagination, and the breed became popular in North America. The American Kennel Club recognized the Seppala Siberian Sleddog as a distinct breed in 1930. Today, there are an estimated 3,000-5,000 Seppala Siberian Sleddogs worldwide.