Since 1984 we
have lived at our current location near Mt Pleasant and within
distance of the Mt Crawford Forest, which provides an excellent
choice of walks for the dogs. Our property of twenty acres, is in
the Mt Lofty Ranges about an hour's drive from the centre of
Adelaide and is predominately bushland with only about one acre set
aside for the dog runs.
Bandit (Ch Shuyak Akima Aluk) joined us in 1995 at the age of 14 months. He was a magnificent dog who sold so many people on this beautiful breed. Before being retired from the ring in 2000 he had earned a Best in Show, 2 Best in Group, numerous Runner-ups in Group and Class in Group awards and accumulated close to 500 points.
Our introduction to breeding was fraught with problems and heartache. A week after mating Shuyo and Bandit, Shuyo became violently ill and the vet thought she may lose her litter. However 9 weeks later she produced a litter of two. The male died after two days and the bitch (Taiya) had an internal ear deformity and overshot jaw. The repeat mating was more successful as Shuyo produced four live puppies but unfortunately there were also four stillborns. Shuyo did not produce milk for either litter so we had to hand feed. Of the four puppies in this mating, two (Kaiya and Miortok) went to pet homes, one male (Tumi) to a show home but he sadly died at three years of age and we kept and showed the fourth (Issuma). This disastrous start to breeding did not put us off but taught us many useful lessons for our future breeding programme.
Using Iliuk over Dakota (Paharey Mmaid Tapefecton) we further combined line breeding with the out cross of Am Ch Cold Creek's True Blue (Blue). This mating produced eleven puppies, three of which were seen in the ring in South Australia (Atti, Kita and Kayusi). Tartok went to live with Paul Shepherd in Victoria.
Unfortunately due to a variety of personal reasons these dogs have not continued to grace the show ring. Atti has never properly recovered from being attacked by another malamute in the assembly area. It still scares him to the extent that we deemed it better to retire him from showing.
Our next line bred litter was our "Elttu" litter which was a mating between Aust Grand Ch/NZ Ch Paharey Ttumalam (Toohey) and Ch Tuvaaqan Latuelhana (Honey). This litter produced eight beautiful puppies, three of which are being shown and all have gained their Australian Champion title.
To further our
breeding, and keep to what we see as true Alaskan Malamute type, our
next litter came from turning to Artic-Luv Kennels in the USA as one
of their dogs, Ch Artic-Luv's Kodiak Attu is behind our lines. This
mating of Artic-Luv's Purple Haze (Jimi) and Ch Tuvaaqan Elttu
Anerta (Anerta) produced our "Jian" litter of ten puppies. Four of
these puppies are being shown and all look to have an excellent
showing career ahead of them. Two, Tamaani and Pixiun, are now
titled and the other two are pointed towards their titles. Between
them all they have many Class in Group awards.
Since the "Piro" litter we have continued the collaboration with Bernadette Quercio of Artic-Luv Kennels (USA) to produce two litters out of Uyak Koyak Kip and most recently another litter from Artic-Luv's Purple Haze (Jimi). The puppies produced have all shown excellent type and consistency, being outstanding examples of the breed with pedigrees that benefit from their deep seated base in the breed.
photos of our first three Alaskan Malamutes.
BIS Aust Ch Shuyak Akima Aluk
Aust Ch Shuyak Ilat Aularri
Aust Ch Polstars Lichf Ashuya