The purpose of the Sled Dog Degree program is to demonstrate the ability of the registered Siberian Husky in sled dog racing competition. The program is open to all purebred Siberian Huskies individually registered with the American Kennel Club. There are three degree levels:

Rules and Eligibility:

For Distance Races: the total MINIMUM mileage shall be: eight (8) times the number of dogs for the six (6) dog maximum class; nine (9) times the number of dogs for the ten (10) dog maximum class and ten (10) times the number of dogs for the unlimited class.

For Sprint Races -- Limited and Unlimited: the total MINIMUM mileage shall be equal to or greater than the class team size per heat in limited and not less than ten (10) miles in unlimited class. In no event shall the mileage be less than four (4) miles per heat.

For Triathlon Races: the total mileage of heats may be used if each division meets class requirement mentioned in distance & sprint.

Each individual application for a degree must include:

Requirements for Award of a Sled Dog Degree

SLED DOG (S.D.) This degree recognizes the registered or ILP-registered Siberian Husky who has demonstrated a basic level of proficiency in sled racing by earning a total accumulation of not less than 100 miles in not less than five successfully completed races.

SLED DOG EXCELLENT (S.D.X.) This degree recognizes the registered or ILP-registered Siberian Husky who demonstrated a high level of proficiency in sled dog racing by completing the S.D. degree. The finishing date for this degree is prior the start of a race to accumulate mileage for the S.D.X. degree. Compilation of not less than 150 miles in not less than five successfully completed races is required. Please include a copy of the dog's SD title certificate when applying for an SDX title.

SLED DOG OUTSTANDING (S.D.O.) This degree recognizes the registered or ILP-registered Siberian Husky who demonstrated an outstanding level of proficiency in sled dog racing by completing the S.D.X. degree. The finishing date for S.D.X. is prior to accumulating miles toward the S.D.O. Compilation of not less than 200 miles in not less than five successfully completed races is required. Please include a copy of the dog's SDX title certificate when applying for an SDO title.

"SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED RACE" means completion of a race:

    1. With a time that is not greater than 1.33 times the average finishing time for the fastest three Purebred teams in the same size restricted class as the applicant for the SLED DOG degree. In all breed competition, a time that is not greater than 1.39 times the average finishing time for the fastest three teams in the same size restricted class as the applicant for the SLED DOG degree.
    2. With a time that is not greater than 1.29 times the average finishing times for the fastest three teams in the same size restricted class for the SLED DOG EXCELLENT degree
    3. With a time that is not greater than 1.25 times the average finishing times for the fastest three teams in the same size restricted class for the SLED DOG OUTSTANDING degree
    4. If there are six (6) or fewer teams competing on the first day of the event then the team must also finish in the top 50% of the finishing teams as well as meeting the appropriate time factor. For the 8-dog class, the 10 dog class, the unlimited class and all distance classes if there are eight or fewer entrants at a race in a class then a "successfully completed race" means:
      • with a time not more than 1.33 times the winner's time for SD against purebred competition
      • with a time not more than 1.39 times the winner's time for SD against all breed competition
      • with a time not more than 1.29 times the winner's time for SDX
      • with a time not more than 1.25 times the winner's time for SDO

In the event the applicant dog successfully completes a distance race of 900 miles or more within the qualifying times the five race requirement will be waived and the appropriate sequential degree will be awarded. This program will be retroactive to December 1, 1983.

Once a degree has been completed and approved by the Working Committee the appropriate initials denominating the degree may be used after the dog's name. The dog's name will be listed in both the SHCA Newsletter and the SHCA Annual Directory in recognition. A Certificate suitable for framing will be awarded.

Rules Revised January 2008


Click here to download the Application for SHCA Sled Dog Degree form in "PDF" format: SD Application. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read, view, and print these forms. Reader is available free of charge from the Adobe website.

Then, contact the chairman for the name and address of the appropriate regional reviewer to whom you will send your application directly:
Wayne Curtis, SHCA Working Programs Chairman
PO Box 874615
Wasilla, AK 99687-4615
E-mail: teamsw@mtaonline.net

Current regional reviewers are:
ALASKA ONLY: Carol Nash, PO Box 877591, Wasilla, AK 99687-7591, marlytuk@yahoo.com
EAST: Roland & Carolan Appleton, 101 Grist Mill Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342, knegakennel@gmail.com

MID-WEST: Mary Groth, 3465 Boston Mills Road, Richfield, OH 44286, mgroth@windstream.net
W EST
: Barbara Schaefer, 20830 Red Dog Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945-9646, qualobo@hotmail.com

Contact the Chairman when you are ready to mail in your application. She will tell you which reviewer you should forward your complete application packet to. We share the workload. Your application may not always be assessed by your nearest local reviewer.


Last update of this page: 12/01/2013.

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