Pet of the Week: The Seppala Siberian Sleddogs
You may have already seen this week’s Red Hills Pet of the Week floating around on Facebook. They’re a group of Seppala Siberian Sleddogs that are each looking for a home of their own.
Right now, five of these dogs are available for adoption at the City County Animal Shelter. Shelter staff says the dogs come from two different litters. One litter is around 8-months-old. The other litter is between 1- and 2-years-old.
At one time, the Seppala breed was considered the same breed as the more familiar Siberian husky, seen as the breed standard at most dog shows. The working line of the breed evolved into the Seppala Siberian.
Unlike the show dog line, Seppalas come in any variety of color combinations and their eye colors vary just as widely, sometimes even in the same dog.
These are high energy dogs that are bred for pulling sleds. However, with a long walk and consistent exercise these dogs are perfect for active families.
The five pups currently at the shelter are only a small group of the dogs actually available for adoption. These pups’ former owner had every intention of raising them to use them for mushing sled dog team. With the two different litters of pups and other dogs as well, the owner was already a little overwhelmed with the dog situation, when they also fell on some rough times that made it even harder to care for the dogs.
In all, around 20 husky mixes are available for adoption. The family is working closely with the City County Shelter to find loving homes for the dogs.
The pups were mainly kept outside, as most sled dogs are. However, shelter staff say house training should not be an issue since they’re keeping their kennels clean at the shelter. Each dog will also be spayed or neutered before going to their “fur-ever” homes.
The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Red Hills Veterinary Hospital, 2007 S. Douglas Hwy
Call (307) 696-2525 to schedule your pet’s appointment