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 Classes: the MINIMUM mileage per heat shall be equal to than the class team size. In no event shall the mileage be less than four (4) miles per heat. Example: If a class is listed as six-dog, the mileage per heat must be at least 6 miles per heat; otherwise that race cannot be counted toward an SD degree.

For Sprint Races – Unlimited Classes: The MINIMUM mileage per heat for unlimited classes shall be not less than ten (10) miles.

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

  • Teams may choose to compete in any division (example: pro, sportsman or purebred) offered by a Race Giving Organization for any class. The calculation, however, for a "successfully completed race" is based on the fastest times for all teams of the same size,  running the same trail and distance. ( since 11/91)

  • For the SD degree, the calculation may be based on the fastest times for all purebred teams only if the class is clearly defined as a purebred class in the official published results.

  • Example: You run your purebred team in the six-dog class at a race offering only a six-dog pro and a six-dog sportsman class, both of which run on the same six-mile trail. No purebred class is offered, so you elect to run in the sportsman six-dog class. Your time must be within the 1.39 factor of the average of top three fastest times in both classes in order to qualify for the SD degree.

  • Where subsequent heats of a race are canceled or reduced, qualifying mileage from complete heats may be counted towards a degree.

  • Mileage for a single degree may be accumulated from season to season.

  • Mileage earned for one degree may not also be applied to a higher degree.

  • Races held outside the USA may be used to accumulate qualifying mileage.

  • Mileage cannot be "rounded up" to the next whole number. The dog must actually complete the full required distances.

  • The degree must be applied for within two years of completing requirements for that dog.
  • Each individual application for a degree must include:

    Requirements for Award of a Sled Dog Degree

    SLED DOG (S.D.) This degree recognizes the AKC 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 AKC registered or ILP-registered Siberian Husky who demonstrated a high level of proficiency in sled dog racing and has been previously awarded the S.D. degree.  Accumulation 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 AKC registered or ILP-registered Siberian Husky who demonstrated an outstanding level of proficiency in sled dog racing and has been previously awarded he S.D.X. degree.  Accumulation 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. SLED DOG degree in purebred class competition:Team completes the race with a time no greater than 1.33 times the average finishing time for the fastest three purebred teams in the same size class. NOTE: Purebred classes must be defined as such in the official published results.

      2. SLED DOG degree in mixed-breed class competition:Team completes the race with a time that no greater than 1.39 times the average finishing time for the fastest three teams in the same size class.

      3. SLED DOG EXCELLENT degreeTeam completes the race 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. 

      4. SLED DOG OUTSTANDING degreeTeam completes the race 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 

      5. For six-dog or smaller class sizes: If there are six (6) or fewer teams competing in the first heat, then a team must place within the top 50% of all finishing teams—in addition to meeting the appropriate time factor (as defined above)—in order to qualify for a degree.

      6. For eight-dog or larger class sizes (including unlimited classes), and all Distance races: if there are eight (8) or fewer teams in a class, the requirement that the team finish in the top 50% is waived. In this case a "successfully completed race" means:

        • For SD against purebred competition: Team’s time is no greater than 1.33 times the winner's time

        • For SD against mixed-breed competition:Team’s time is no greater than 1.39 times the winner's time

        • For SDX: Team’s time is no greater than 1.29 times the winner's time

        • For SDO: Team’s time is no greater than 1.25 times the winner's time

     

    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 May 10, 2016


    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.

    Click here to download the Application for SHCA Race Certification form in "PDF" format: Race Form. 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 & WEST: 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

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


    Last update of this page: 05/10/2016.

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