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The Chukchi believed that their dogs guarded the gates of heaven,

and that the way you treated a dog in this life determined your place in heaven.

If this is so then surely when time comes for us to pass we will be assured of a place of great honor.

It is said that your dogs wait for you, asleep until you come across, then they pull your sled through and into heaven.

The Chukchi Sled Dog


Intends to bring back from near extinction the Chukchi Sled Dog as it was known in the early 1800's.To establish the nearest possible re-creation of the original Siberian Chukchi sleddog as it was before it was imported to Alaska in the Gold Rush years of the early 1900's.

To do this, we are using the direct descendants of Chukchi dogs and the 'Siberian strain' that has been maintained as a pure bloodline within the AKC/CKC Siberian Husky registry since the 1930s.

This genetic base is broadened and supplemented by new American bloodlines bred from USA stock, together with a small genetic contribution from modern American dogs carefully chosen for athletic capacity, as well as type and temperament compatible with the basic Chukchi rootstock lineage.

 The project is based at National Sanjankah Dog Association sanctioned Kennels in America, where family dog culture and traditions of the Gold Rush are still strongly admired.

The evolving Chukchi Sled Dog breed is recognized by the National Sanjankah Dog Association and will be overseen by The Chukchi Sled Dog Registry of America.

 The NSDA will foster a new direction in family dog breeding, striving to establish high companionship capability, hardiness, breed soundness and genetic health through mandatory performance proving of breeding stock, avoidance of inbreeding, and intentional genetic diversity in the breeding program of the developing breed.

Chukchi Sled Dog


More than a thousand years ago, the Chukchi carved their villages out of northern Siberia's stark, inhospitable terrain…a land where the extremes of winter make life a daily challenge just for survival. It is there that the Chukchi dog, the progenitor of today's Chukchi Sled Dog was developed. Starvation and freezing to death were always possibilities; hunters left the villages to travel to the Arctic Coast, searching for seals for meat, skins, and blubber to fuel their life-saving fires. They needed tough, resilient and swift dogs to pull the kills back to the village, no matter the weather, eventually producing a dog that could work in a team, pull moderate loads, and complete the job with minimum energy expense.

Quick working dogs that were docile and intelligent enough to work in teams proved to be most suited to the work and terrain. They had to be hard, eager workers that had enough common sense and dedication to their task to keep from constantly tangling themselves in the lines of the sled. The Chukchi so valued their dogs that they often took them into their homes as guardians for their possessions and companions for their children. This, no doubt, accounts for much of the gentleness in the Chukchi Sled Dog personality.

The Chukchi dog's most important trait was its instinct and desire to run, seemingly endlessly, it was able to run far and fast. The Chukchi were able to breed a dog that combined all these traits, and today's Chukchi Sled Dog traces to those dogs.

The dogs' speed and endurance saved the Chukchi from being conquered by the fierce Cossacks who expanded into the fur-rich territory; the natives loaded their possessions and families on dog sleds and kept ahead of the marauders from the south. Eventually, the invaders were trapped, surrounded, and vanquished by the natives, and the Chukchi were left to live in peace.

In the eighteenth century, Russian Cossacks began a march across Siberia to conquer the land and thereby attain all its resources, primarily fur. Most of the people living in the northern area were rather primitive tribal groups unable to compete with the advanced weaponry of the invading Russian army. The Chukchi people were able to withstand conquest, however, because their sled dogs always kept them ahead of the advancing military forces. They could not fight, but they could run - efficiently. The Chukchi were accustomed to the Siberian weather; the Russian soldiers were not, and suffered great losses.

The Chukchi actually forced the Cossacks to give up their quest to conquer all of the northern Siberia. The Chukchi lured the Russian forces into a mountain pass, in which all escape routes were blocked. Using only sharpened rocks and spears, the Chukchi inflicted substantial casualties on Russians, who subsequently withdrew from the area.

Around the year 1900 a man from Alaska, name of Sepala, and two other men from the US, went to Siberia. They had heard of the sled dogs that the Chukchi Indians of Siberia had created. Each one brought back about 100 dogs each. Now enters Josef Stalin. In 1919, when the Russians had their revolution and Stalin went into Siberia to take over for the USSR he noticed how small the sled dogs were and how great they were for pulling goods all around the north east of Siberia. He thought that if the dogs were larger they could pull heavier loads. So he made the Chukchi Indians, cross breed them to make them larger. What they ended up with is a larger dog that could pull a lot of weight.

This is the heritage of todays Chukchi Sled Dog.

The Chukchi Sled Dog is, and has for centuries been, a purebred DOG -- not a wild, half-wolf, crossbred creature, as the uninformed may suggest. The Chukchi people of northeastern Asia as an endurance sled dog originally developed the breed. In 1909, the first large numbers of these Chukchi dogs were brought to Alaska to compete in the long-distance All-Alaska Sweepstakes races, and the Alaskan dog drivers quickly recognized the ability of these dogs from Siberia.

In the early 1900's the monarchy in Russia was overthrown and replaced by a Communist regime, vowing to do away with all "bourgeois" and elite aspects of Russian life. By the 1930's, the forces of Communism reached the Arctic North. Because Chukchi dogs were revered highly and desired by the Chukchi people, those in the tribe that bred and maintained the finest dogs had assumed a leadership position and measure of wealth. Such people were viewed as hindrances to the forces of collectivization, and most were imprisoned or killed. In a matter of a few years, the Chukchi dog breed all but disappeared from Siberia.

Originally bred by the nomadic peoples of the Chukchi Tribe this tough, strong dog was able to quickly cover long distances on very little food. They were bred to have a gentle nature and were an iatrical part of everyday family life. The relationship born of mutual need and nurtured by mutual respect existed between this dog and the Chukchi people. The Chukchi lived in isolation for centuries before the outside world discovered it and bought it to other regions. The present day Chukchi has changed a lot since entering this country around 1900, but within the current registered Chukchi Sled Dog breed, recognized only by the National Sanjankah Dog Association, the heart and drive of the beloved and much prized, Chukchi Sled Dog still lives.


WHEN WE SAY THAT Chukchi Sled Dogs are bred from proven stock,it is important to understand just what that statement means.
First and most important of all,it means that no bloodlines will ever exist within our registry,which are not fully qualified bloodlines.
There will never be any dogs that donít meet established standards masquerading as breeding qualified Chukchi Sled Dogs. Moreover, it also means that in virtually every case a dog that has National Sanjankah Dog Association papers will be bred from qualified parents.(Only in the rare event of a single breeding to conserve an otherwise unobtainable bloodline would an exception be granted to allow a non-registered parent animal to be bred from.)

To enforce this uniformity of purpose, NSDA has instituted a two-tier system for its registration and identification certificates. At birth a puppy is eligible for a Restricted Certificate, which has the nature of a birth certificate but does not confer breeding status. Not until the dog is fully grown (three full years of age in the case of a male, two in the case of a female) may that animal become a candidate for the Unrestricted Certificate with which NSDA recognizes a dog eligible to produce NSDA-identified Chukchi Sled Dog progeny. Before the Unrestricted Certificate of Identification is issued, the candidate dog must satisfy the NSDA Breed Standard qualifications. This requirement must be proven by and sworn by all members of the NSDA Breed Standard Committee which oversees The Chukchi Sled Dog Registry of America. This system will ensure that every breeding animal is a proven and registered Chukchi Sled Dog.

Additional levels of special certificates beyond the basic requirement for breeding permission will be established, but we do not anticipate that any of these will involve elite showmanship competition. Those who wish to prove their Chukchi Sled Dog competitively are more than welcome to do so, in fact that is encouraged, but it is regarded as an individual choice and concern. We aim not to create an exclusive show dog breed, but a versatile companion dog. For our purposes the show dog is not regarded as superior to the family dog.
In short, the main thrust of the Chukchi Sled Dog proving program is to ensure a uniformly useful population of family dogs, rather than to identify an elite five percent of world-class competitors within a general population. We believe that this is the first time that any animal pedigree association has attempted to establish and enforce family dog qualifications for an entire breed population. For that reason we proudly say that this breed is a purpose-bred family dog in a sense that can be claimed by no other northern breed.


Dogs originally developed in northern climates have a typical appearance. They are double-coated, with a soft, downy coat next to the skin protected by a longer, stiffer, guard coat. The soft coat traps body heat, and the guard coat keeps the heat from escaping and water from penetrating to the skin. These dogs also have magnificent tails that can protect their noses when they are curled up in a sleeping position.

The Chukchi Sled Dog resembles, in combination, its ancestor the wolf and its originating cousin the Chukchi Sled Dog in shape, coat and markings.

Body should appear longer than it is tall, with long legs and a straight bushy tail. Slightly hooked or curved tails are acceptable as long as the tail does not curl tightly over its back. The overall conformation should give the impression of depth and solidity without undue bulk. The total picture is one of balance, grace, and athletic ability.

The coat is thick and layered, ranging between one and three inches deep (depending on the season). Colors range from pure white to pure black with gray and sable being the most frequent colors. Color is far less important in the breed than the ability of the dog to perform with speed, ease, and stamina and most importantly for its family dog attributes.

The Chukchi Sled Dog is a determined, observant and active breed with an abundance of energy, often aloof and cautious to strangers. The Chukchi Sled Dog has a loving dedication and craves the attention and companionship to its human family with which it develops strong bonds. The Chukchi Sled Dog is extremely social and should be acclimated to strangers at an early age.

The expression should indicate alertness, awareness and readiness for activity. The gaze is impressive, inquisitive and captivating.

The Chukchi Sled Dog should convey the abilities of speed, strength and endurance, with grace and nobility.

Summary and Epilogue

The breed foundation was based on Siberia Chukchi dogs, originally circa 1910 in Alaska, in 1939 when it was first registered in Canada as the C. K. C.  Siberian Husky and in the 1990s in the Yukon when new import stock was added to the inbred "Seppala Strain" registered Siberian.

The goal of National Sanjankah Dog Association is to develop a distinct breed faithful to original import attributes, separate and distinct from the "Siberian Husky" breed.

The Chukchi Sled Dog breed should always remain closely connected to its Siberian Chukchi geographical origins; ideally, additional Siberia Chukchi import stock should continue to contribute to the gene pool, ensuring that it is refreshed with hardy, primitive stock at regular intervals. Carefully controlled American outcross matings will take place occasionally, both to improve disposition and to ensure continued genetic diversity and health.

Of paramount importance is correct companionship mentality. A positive attitude on the part of the dog towards his human family is essential; he should be a natural, born family dog; he must be intelligent, amenable to training and discipline and not quarrelsome with his human companions. Other important breed characteristics are balance and proportion of physical parts, good feet, flexibility and freedom of movement, an easy and efficient gait, and good disposition for trainability.

Please be sure to visit the other pages in our site to find out how to choose a breeder,,how to choose a puppy..colors and their descriptions..

And if you choose to join our association, we have included a membership form.

So please sit back relax and learn more about The Beautiful Chukchi Sled Dog

This site is still a work in progress, so please check back often for updates.


Wonderful Pets
color description

choosing a breeder
choosing a puppy

Standards of Perfection

The Magician
Who should own this breed

A Dog's Prayers Mission Statement

A guide to Vaccination
Heartworm Meds..Be Informed

You will need Microsoft Word to download the forms below..
Please attache pictures of the dog or puppy you are registering to the registration form..

Sanjankah Membership form

Adult Dog reg.form
Young Chukchi reg.form

Previousisly reg. Adult form

Litter Reg.App


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