AKKO Sports is a Canadian dog-powered sports equipment producer that specializes in sled and land-based dog sports.
The last 40 years in sled dog sports has seen remarkable changes, touching every element of this complex activity. Sleds have evolved from traditional wooden sleds to high tech aluminum and plastic models, and along with them the runners went from plain steel to ultra dense plastics and QCR (quick change runners) systems.
Sledding activity has spiraled out from North America - with its long history of working and recreational dog sledding - to every continent, even to areas near the equator! Organizations became established in North America and Europe to standardize rules and quality of events. This last decade has seen ever more countries enthusiastically embrace this sport.
The competitive sector has undergone its own expansion beyond the original
These new exciting sectors evolved from ski-pulka, developed in the mid-nineteenth century in Scandinavia during its time of war. The original ski-pulka remains today, along with its popular adaptation, skijoring. Here the dog/human team ski without the pulk (enclosed sled).
The IDFF (International Federation of Sled dog Sports) has been influenced in introducing dry land competitive activities, including carts, bicycles, scooters, and, yes, even competitors running on foot with their dogs - called "canicross". On the recreational side, here in our area some daring young people are even skateboarding, rollerblading and snowboarding with their dogs! If you have a dog and want to be active, there is a port for you!
Throughout all this expansion harnesses have undergone their own changes. Forty years ago there were basically two styles of harnesses in use: the first, a standard open back harness; followed shortly after by the X-back harness, developed to fit better and work more efficiently.
AKKO Sports has been committed to building harnesses that allow canine athletes to perform at their best. With that in mind, we redesigned and introduced the collar neck X-back, the FH model, and the JH model to fit the demand from expanding range and breeds of dogs involved in our sport. We can supply harnesses for dogs from the very small, 10 pounds/4.5 kilos, to the very large weights of 200 pounds/90 kilos.
Training and competing has given us a unique opportunity to observe harnesses in action in many diverse situations, and then to make appropriate modifications to our line. Our harnesses can be seen on teams in Canada, the US, Great Britain, Europe, Greenland, Iceland and even in South Africa.
We are proud to build and provide products which accomplish our primary goal - permitting the canine athlete to perform its function as efficiently, and as comfortably, as possible. We hope you will enjoy your dog-powered sport as much as we do.