The first Siberian Husky arrived Norway in 1957, a dog called Pogo
brought from Alaska by Gisle Bang. This dog was approved and registered as Siberian Husky
in Norway. In 1958, Leonard Seppala gave the wellknown norwegian explorer and writer
Helge Ingstad a white AKC-registered bitch as a present. Her name was Molinka of
Bow-Lake, and she had two litters with Pogo. The Ingstad family later
imported Sepp and Sindy from Norvik Kennel in USA. They took the kennel name
Brattalid, and is Europes oldest Siberian-kennel.
The most importent lift of the scandinavian Siberian-world came when the
swede Ingvar De Forest, Snowtrail kennel, took a roundtrip to USA and Canada. and bought
11 dogs. (3 Zeros, 3 from Igloo Pak, 1 from Arctic Trail, 4 Anadyrdogs) With him was
Karsten Grønås, Vargevass kennel, who bought 2 males.
There have been some major debates in the Siberian-world over the years. The first one was about show-dogs versus racing dogs. There were a number of show line dogs in Scandinavia in the 70ties, but with the interest of racing growing, they never became very popular. Then the discussion was about nordic racing. The racerules called for quite a large weight to pull in the pulkaraces, and the nordic competitors bred for very large Siberians in order to be competitive with their dogs. Finally the weights were reduced and more people started with sled-dog racing so the problem died out.
Finally came a really hot debate with the arrival of the Zero imports, which really stired up the club. Were they Siberians or not? This debate continued until 1985, when it was opened for racing with all kinds of dogs, purebreeds or not.At the same time there were big discussions about wether to open the races for all dogs or not. Most Zero-line breeders started with alaskan huskies, and this debate cooled off. Today a few kennels has choosed to have no Zeros in their pedigrees, a few still breed with mostely Zeroblood, but most dogs in Norway is a mix of most lines. Influental Zeroimports in Norway was besides the swedish dogs, Zeros Bumper, Sparkey, Gleemer, `Spaceman, Blizzard, Ruh-Hoe and Jeeree.
The highest numbers of Siberians born in Norway was in 1984,
when 565 dogs were registered. Sled-dog racing increasingly popular and it was just
before the races were opened. Since then, the number of Siberians gradually went
down and t has today stabilized at approximatly 150 dogs registered a year.
The most influental Norwegian Kennel is Vargevass kennel. Karsten Grønås got his first Siberian in 1965 and has stayed with the breed ever since. Beside the american imports, Thalitta of Kolyma also were an influental dog in his early breeding,He has allways had one of Norways largest Siberian kennels and has been a leading racer and has exported a lot of dogs for years. He used to race in open class sprint, but the last years he has switched into Mid-distance racing.
Other important dogs one find in the norwegian pedigrees were bred by
people who raced with Siberians before and now are (and were) well known
open-racers, like Asbjørn Erdal Aase, Kjetil Hillestad (Speedos kennel) and Roger Legård
The interest of racing with pure bred dogs has been very low in Norway since the races were opened. Pepole who was interested in competitive racing went into alaskans and gun-dogs, people interested in recreational mushing choosed pure bred polardogs. Norway has so much nice wilderness areas and a lot of people ownes a Siberian team and enjoys mushing without ever setting foot in a race. The last few years, the interest of Distance- mushing with Siberians are increasing and new kennels are getting started. In Norway at the moment, the interest of sprintracing with siberians are almost zero, the only one that do competitive sprint-racing is Torger Slettner.. In Sweden, there is a number of competitive sprint racers.
Another typical Norwegian/Swedish thing is that the interest of showing
Siberians are very low. At the Kennel Klub shows there are usually just a handfull of dogs
entered, sometimes up to twenty something. At the Norwegian Siberian Husky Club Show
there are usually between 40-60 dogs entered. There is a new interest in show-dogs these
days and some imports has arrived Norway and Sweden.
So you see, the situation up here are quite different than in the rest
of the world