The Continental Kennel Club becomes our "Wheel Dog" Sponsor.
Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Everyone knows the value of a great lead dog. What few understand is the value of a strong and courageous wheel dog. While the leader’s initiate the turn on the musher’s command, it is the job of the wheel dog to enforce that new direction on the weight of the sled. This is why you will often find the largest and toughest dogs in the wheel position.
We are pleased to announce that the Continental Kennel Club is joining our team as our “Wheel Dog Sponsor.” In addition to representing NATIVE Performance Dog Food (our Lead Dog Sponsor) I am honored to be representing the Continental Kennel Club in the mushing community. And those aren't just words that I say because they have joined our team. To impress on my readers just how important this endorsement is, please consider the following… Without the Continental Kennel Club as the external confirming breed registry for the past quarter century, there would no longer be a Seppala Siberian Sleddog. Without them to clearly and objectively delineate what is and is not a Seppala, The Seppala would have been swallowed up into the exponentially larger Siberian Husky breed pool.
In short, our goal of mushing a team of Seppalas back to Nome, Alaska on the 100 year anniversary of the serum run to save the children of that city by Leonhard Seppala and his team, is only possible, because The Continental Kennel Club has partnered with the International Seppala Siberian Sleddog Club.
Watch the Continental Kennel Club's Seppala Breed Profile here.
So if you have a Seppala, make sure you register it! And if someone is claiming to sell you a Seppala, ask if the litter is registered as purebred Seppalas with the Continental Kennel Club. If not, it is likely a scam. And if someone has already sold you a pup under the pretense of being a Seppal, the ConKC offers a service to evaluate the pedigree for a small fee.
In addition, I feel the Continental Kennel Club is a valuable and relatively untapped resource for Alaskan Husky breeders as well. The ConKC can serve as a database for pedigrees and litters for Alaskan Husky racing kennels wishing to export the record keeping from their personal archives to something more permanent and substantial.
I invite you to check out their website and leave a comment on their social media to thank them for helping steward the Seppala Siberian Sleddog into the 21st century!