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Jackai Szuhai


I can answer most questions on selecting,training,working, showing, care, and most of all, enjoying Malamutes. I can also answer questions about breed history and challenges they and their owners face today. I can answer some questions about bloodlines and breeding. I won't answer questions slamming any specific individual or kennel.

Experience in the area

I have over 50 years experience working dogs in harness. I have owned Malamutes for 40 years. Before I ever got a Malamute I studied the breed for several years. Once I owned Alaskan Malamutes, I continued to study the breed and bloodlines for another 10 years before breeding my first litter. In a very limited breeding program I have produced 10 Champions of Record. To date I haven't owned a champion that was not home-bred. My dogs have earned many more working titles.


I belong to the following organizations: Alaskan Malamute Club of America since 1981;and Malamute Treasures since 1986.


The Alaskan Malamute Annual has published short stories and many articles I have written for most of the past 30 years. Malamute Quarterly has also used my articles. I am the author of the book, "The Trail To The Iditarod Trail".


I have a Bachelor of Science degree. I am a Nidan. I earned an EMT license and was a practicing EMT for 12 years. I have done free-lance study of Alaskan Malamutes for nearly 50 years.

Awards and Honors

Dogs with: Multiple conformation championships in several countries and on two different continents;; Many dogs with working titles in the areas of weight pulling, cross-country sledding and carting, and cross-country backpacking;

What do you like about this subject?

I love the dogs. I love the many activities you can do with them. I love learning and I love the fact that my best teachers have always been the dogs.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to continue what I've been doing,to finish the book on the breed that I'm presently writing, and have it published,and to manage to write several more books. Most of all I would like to share with other people through books, this list and direct contact. One of my new hobbies is to see how many people I can "corrupt" into showing, working and dogsledding.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

These dogs have a very fascinating background. Although they're some of the most ancient dogs to work with man, they are the ones that are most primitive.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Some trainers who are not aware think Alaskan Malamutes are stupid. Actually they are only showing off their own ignorance. They are probably the most intelligent dogs. They are sometimes more difficult to train to what humans want to learn because of their unique background. They are also difficult because they are able to think for themselves instead of blindly following orders.

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