Mountain Home Alaskan Malamutes
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy visiting our 'Mountain Home' and meeting the magnificent and versatile Alaskan Malamute.
Our greatest joy continues to be the many wonderful friendships we have developed with the exceptional people that are part of our Mountain Home family! They are truly the ones that should be "congratulated" for their care, training, achievements and for believing in all that is possible with their Malamutes! ...they deserve a world of thanks from us!
Mountain Home kennel began in 1980 with the purchase of our first Malamute. We've been Alaskan Malamute Club of America members since 1986. Over the years our main interest has been sledding and we operated a commercial dog sledding business for over a dozen years. Now that we are no longer doing business as Malamute Express Dog Sledding Adventures, we have way fewer dogs than we had during that time period. But we continue to strive for top quality Alaskan Malamutes.
Our involvement with the breed is many faceted. We've done lots of fun stuff with our dogs including of course many, many thousands of miles of sledding, but also carting, skijoring, backpacking, weight pulling and conformation dog shows. Sue has enjoyed judging both Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes classes at Alaskan Malamute Specialty shows across the country, as well as judging three times at the Alaskan Malamute Club of America's National Specialty's Working Dog Showcase. Sue has served on AMCA's Working Dog Certification Committee since 1988 and has chaired the committee since 1990.
Our Mountain Home dogs have earned 19 Working Team Dog Excellent (WTDX) titles and also most notably, two of our dogs earned the very first 2 Working Lead Dog Excellent (WLDX) titles. They've earned 100+ additional working titles including Working Lead Dog (WLD), Working Team Dog (WTD), Working Weight Pull Dog (WWPD), Working Pack Dog (WPD), Working Pack Dog Advanced (WPDA) titles and Working Pack Dog Excellent (WPDX). Several of our dogs have completed their Working Dog Register of Merit (ROMWD) and a some have the Working Dog Register of Merit Excellent (ROMWDX) designation. Also, in AKC Obedience, Mountain Home dogs have achieved many titles; Beginner Novice (BN), Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX), Utility Dog (UD), Utility Dog Excellent (UDX), Utility Dog Excellent 2 (UDX2), Obedience Master (OM), VER (Versatility) and High In Trial (HIT). And in Agility; the Novice Agility (NA), Open Agility (OA), Agility Excellent (AX), Master Agility Excellent (MX), Novice Agility Jumper (NAJ), Open Agility Jumper (OAJ), Agility Excellent Jumper (AXJ), Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ), Master Agility Champion (MACH) Master Agility Champion 2-4 (MACH2- MACH4), Novice FAST (NF), Open FAST (OF), Excellent FAST (XF), Master Excellent FAST (MXF) and Triple Q Excellent (TQX) titles. In AKC Tracking, the Tracking Dog (TD) title! In AKC Rally Obedience; the Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), Rally Excellent (RE) and Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) titles. In World Cynosport Rally, the Rally Level 1 (RL1), Rally Level 2 (RL2), Rally Level 3 (RL3), Rally Champion (ARCH), Rally Champion Excellent (ARCHX), Rally Champion Extraordinaire (ARCHEX) and Rally Master Champion (ARCHMX) titles. And in addition, AKC Canine Good Citizenship (CGC), CKC Canadian Good Neighbour (CGN) and ATTS Temperament Test (TT) titles. We are very proud of and grateful to the awesome owners who have helped to earn this multitude of titles!
We have made several school visits doing Alaskan Malamute/sled dog demonstrations, and have given dog sled rides to many school children, as well as the local Scouts and 4-H Groups. Malamute Express was featured on television; KING TV Seattle, KXLY TV Spokane, the Northwest Backroads and Evening Magazine programs and more. We also had a nice 4 page article about our dogs in Dog World magazine. Some of our Mountain Home dogs are pictured in the books The New Complete Alaskan Malamute (Riddle/Harris) and The Alaskan Malamute Yesterday and Today (Brooks/Wallis), The 1999, 2001 and 2007 Alaskan Malamute Annuals (Hoflin) and have been in countless newspaper articles as well as the AKC Gazette magazine. You can see some of our dogs on Sherluck's Multimedia Alaskan Malamute CD, an informative, interactive breed CD. Our dogs have even been used as props in several outdoor clothing catalogs. Their beauty, cooperation and willingness to please makes them a pleasure to work with and they are good ambassadors of the breed wherever they go.
We continue our small breeding program with usually just one or perhaps two litters per year. Our dogs reflect the hard work, attention and expertise of our 30+ years with this breed. Each litter is carefully planned and thought out, to ensure the quality of the puppies that we bring into the world. We strive to produce the best all-round Alaskan Malamutes we possibly can.
We have gained a reputation for having dogs with exceptional temperaments as well as dogs who work very well in harness. We pride ourselves in having dogs that get along well with each other. Unlike some kennels where the dogs are kept separated, our dogs enjoy their daily group playtimes. We routinely let groups out to play together in their fenced area. We've had as many as 26 (yes, 26!!) of our Malamutes, of different ages and sexes, all playing happily in one bunch. Of course this was back when we were operating Malamute Express Dog Sledding Adventures. Since that time, the number of dogs in our kennel has been reduced, so we no longer even have 26 dogs. But over the years we've definitely found that dogs that socialize regularly with each other also work very well together in dog teams.
With the dogs being our full time job, they get plenty of individual attention and they receive the best of care. They are comfortable and secure in their spacious 20' x 20' kennels, though they don't mind their share of "couch time" either. They have an adjacent fenced play area where they are free to run and exercise daily. Our Malamutes delight in their companionship with us as well as the camaraderie of being with their Malamute buddies, whether at home or out on the trail.
Here at Mountain Home Kennel, we've been dedicated to preserving the working heritage as well as maintaining correct breed type in our Alaskan Malamutes for over 30 years. And above all else we continue to enjoy spending time with our canine pals.
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