MEET THE DOGS
THE SIBERIAN HUSKIES OF
ARCTIC DOG ADVENTURE CO.
Lisbet & Nils operate the Fairbanks branch of the oldest Siberian Husky kennel in the world -- Alaskan Kennels -- home of the Anadyr Siberian Husky (Anadyr is pronounced "Anna-deer").
The heart of our operation, our beautiful sled dogs, are all AKC registered Siberian Huskies. Siberian Huskies are ideally suited for the harsh subarctic environment of Interior Alaska. They have thick coats, tough feet, incredibly efficient metabolism, and an indomitable desire to run.
At Arctic Dog Adventure Co., you will gain a caring and genuine dog sledding experience, one that highlights ethical mushing practices, and celebrates a life lived in cooperation and partnership with dogs. We are committed to our dogs for the entirety of their lives. We enjoy sharing our lifestyle with guests and are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about sled dogs.
We have 45 sled dogs ranging in age from 2 to 12. Each dog has its own unique and individual personality -- come meet them all!
Blue Ray, Amp, Cloudberry, Jet, Wiluna, & Rusja on a picket line (used for short term camping)Photo by Pale Blue Wanders.
JennySweet Jenny is one of our most reliable lead dogs. Shy at first, she ends up being a particular favorite of many due to her gentle loving nature.
Siblings: Jasmine, Jet.
Photo by WM Photography.
ElsaElsa is a big girl, a hard worker, and a very sweet girl that prefers working over making new friends.
Siblings: Anna, Olaf.
Photo by WM Photography.
ALASKAN KENNELS/ANADYR SIBERIANS
Alaskan Kennels was established in 1947 by Earl & Natalie Norris (Lisbet's grandparents). Earl and Natalie were Alaskan pioneers and adventurers, and it is due to their dedication to the breed we still have a genetically rich and diverse pool of working Siberian Huskies in Alaska. Earl and Natalie have both since passed, and the breeding program has been taken over by their son J.P. Norris and his wife Kari Skogen (Lisbet's parents).
For seventy years, the primary focus of the kennel has been to preserve and promote the original function and appearance of the Siberian Husky as a sled dog. Alaskan Kennels has come to be known as the preeminent breeder of working Siberian Huskies, producing dogs that compete successfully in both sprint and distance races, an accomplishment few kennels can claim. The line of dogs produced by Alaskan Kennels are known as Anadyr Siberians.
The Norris' are committed to maintaining the workability of the Siberian Husky. They believe that participating in sled dog races, both sprint and distance, is is the best way to benchmark the breed.
Lisbet devoted her 20s to distance racing. She completed the Iditarod, Alaska's famous 1000-mile sled dog race, in 2014, 2015, and 2016, finishing as the #1 Siberian Husky team in 2015 and 2016.
Lisbet's father, JP, is an accomplished sprint musher who has successfully competed since the 1950s. His race season culminates each year at the Fur Rendezvous World Championship Open Class Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, a historical Alaskan sled dog race his parents helped found.
Lisbet's mother, Kari, a 2-time veteran of the Iditarod ('84, '86), competes in limited and open-class sprint races. In 2016 she became one of few people in the world to have participated in all three of Alaska's major sled dog races: the Fur Rendezvous, the Open North American, and the Iditarod. Fun fact: Lisbet and Kari are only one of two mother-daughter pairs to have ever completed Iditarod (Barb & Lisa Moore were the first.)
The main branch of the kennel is located in Willow, Alaska and operated by Lisbet's parents. Puppies, young race dogs, and retirees live there. The young dogs train for the Fur Rendezvous, and the retirees teach the puppies how to be good sled dogs.
The Fairbanks branch of Alaskan Kennels -- the Arctic Dog Adventure Co. crew -- is composed of a mix of Iditarod veterans, Iditarod hopefuls, and retirees; all happy to live the good life socializing with visitors and training for winter expeditions and trips.