SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes | Alisa Syar

Purebred Alaskan Malamute Breeder
SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes | Alisa Syar


Interview with Alisa Syar, Breeder of SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes


Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Alisa Syar: I live in Granite Bay, California. I have been in purebred dogs for 32 years, 30 years breeding Alaskan Malamutes.


What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

Alisa Syar: My kennel name is SilverIce. I currently keep 15 Alaskan Malamutes, one Siberian Husky, and two Pekingese.

SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes banner
SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes | Alisa Syar


Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?

We have been blessed by many No. 1 Alaskan Malamutes, Best in Show Winners, Specialty and National Specialty Winners, Westminster KC Breed Winners, and AKC Classic Group Winners.

These lovely Malamutes were purchased for our breeding program, bred by SilverIce, co-bred by SilverIce, or they are dogs we have co-owned and presented—ALL noteworthy winners we are proud of:

  • BIS BISS CH Atanik SilverIce Lovem n Leavem ROM
  • MBIS MBISS CH SnoKlassic In Your Face ROM
  • MBIS MBISS CH Atanik SilverIce Hot Pants
  • BIS CH SilverIce’s Bottom Line
  • MBIS MBISS CH SilverIce No More Mr. Ice Guy
  • BISS CH Rogue’s Crown Royal
  • MBIS MBISS GCHP CH Catanya’s Latin Lover
  • MBIS CH SilverIce’s Dancing in the Dark
  • BISS CH SilverIce’s Makin Waves
  • MBISS GCHS CH SilverIce’s Jager Bomb
  • MBIS MBISS PeaceRiver SilverIce Summer Solstice
  • MBISS MBIS GCHS Am/Can/Mex/Sp/Intl CH PeaceRiver’s Gathers No Moss At Suntra
  • MBIS MBISS GCHB Am/ Can CH Spiritrun’s Cool Ride
  • MBISS GCHG CH Peace River’s Bling It On
  • BISS GCHS CH Peace River’s She’s Got This
  • MBIS MBISS GCHP Am/Can CH TaolanQuest Flying Cloud
  • MBISS GCHB CH SilverIce’s TaolanQuest Cocktails in the Cloud

SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes

Alisa Syar with her SilverIce Alaskan Malamute dog
SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes – Alisa Syar


Which have been my most influential sires and dams?

Our most influential sires in our breeding program are:
  • BIS BISS CH Atanik SilverIce Lovem n Leavem ROM
  • MBIS MBISS CH SnoKlassic in Your Face ROM
  • BIS CH SilverIce’s Bottom Line; CH SilverIce’s Borne Identity
  • CH SilverIce’s Lichen Standing Stone ROM
  • MBIS MBISS GCHP CH Catanya’s Latin Lover


The most influential dams are:
  • MBIS MBISS CH Atanik SilverIce Hot Pants
  • CH SnoKlassic Only On A Sundae
  • CH SilverIce’s Storybrook Dream ROM
  • MBISS SilverIce TaolanQuest Cocktails in the Clouds


Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?

Alisa Syar: We have a lovely Country Inn boarding kennel on five acres in Northern California. Our place is set up like a horse breeding farm with indoor/outdoor runs, separate climate-controlled building, large grassy play paddocks, and a beautiful pond area. Our kennel home is set up with a cozy, attached apartment for whelping puppies. The puppies are raised with us in the house with love and care.

SilverIce Alaskan Malamute bitch feeding her puppies
SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes


What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do I make my decisions?

Alisa Syar: We make our decisions between 8-14 weeks. We select puppies on breed type, structure, soundness, and temperament.

Puppies running outside on the grass
SilverIce Alaskan Malamutes


How do I prepare my pups for the show ring? Does my breed require any special preparation?

Alisa Syar: We train our puppies by taking them to conformation training classes. We socialize our puppies and we train them on the grooming table for show preparation.


Can I share my thoughts on how my breed is currently presented in the show ring?

Alisa Syar: The Alaskan Malamute is a natural breed, with no trimming to the outline permitted. Trimming is allowable only to clean up the appearance of the feet. The thick, coarse, stand-off coat of the Malamute is neatly groomed and blown out.

The Malamute should not be raced around the ring. They should always be shown at a powerful and free-moving gait, converging towards the centerline at a trot or faster speed. When shown, the profile of the Malamute should be presented with the handler standing rather than kneeling.

SilverIce Alaskan Malamute in the dog show ring
SilverIce Alaskan Malamute in the dog show ring


Are there any health-related concerns within my breed? Any special nutritional needs?

Alisa Syar: Yes, like in all breeds, there are a few health issues with varying degrees of potential occurrence to be aware of such as Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Cataracts, Epilepsy, Addison’s and Cushing’s Disease.

The Malamute being an Arctic breed can tend to require a higher amount of zinc and other trace minerals nutritionally in comparison to non-Arctic breeds. Over the years, it has been my personal experience that I’ve found the Malamute to thrive on a higher fat ratio diet as opposed to an overly high protein content diet.


In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?

Alisa Syar: I feel the breed is in good condition overall. I would like to see more correct structure in the front end and rear assemblies, with correct front-to-rear balance. We are seeing too many straight fronts, with over-angulation in the rear. The standard calls for moderate angulation and overall balance.

Another issue is tight or curled tails. Again, the standard calls for tails to be a waving plume over the back, not tight or laying on the back. The Malamute should have thick, large, snowshoe feet accompanied by substantial bone and overall substance. The breed has “moderated” on temperaments over the years, but should never be expected to be that of a Golden Retriever. A couple of things I have observed trending are lack of leg in proportion to the body and excessive length of loin.


Is my breed well-suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?

Alisa Syar: YES, the Alaskan Malamute is a great family dog. Malamutes require a fenced-in yard, and puppies do best with early crate training. The breed is friendly and affectionate, and they are playful clowns. They are good with children but are a high-energy dog. Malamutes can be dog aggressive and are possessive of food. Malamutes are loyal, loving, and strong-minded, but with proper training the breed makes a lovely family pet.

Puppies sitting on a sofa
SilverIce Alaskan Malamute puppies

The best candidates to own a Malamute are people who are outdoorsy types that like to exercise and hike. The Alaskan Malamute thrives on activities with their owners. With proper training, a Malamute makes a lovely family pet.


Do I feel that my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?

Alisa Syar: The breed has lost many of its iconic foundation breeders and genuine guardians of the breed standard. The majority of breeders currently seem to concern themselves with only producing their next prospective dog to garner awards and accolades rather than focusing on the overall direction of the breed and respecting the standard.


For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with my breed?

Alisa Syar: Alaskan Malamutes are true “snow dogs.” I have taken my dogs to be in the snow numerous times, and it is always amazing to me how their instincts kick in and how they are right at home in the snow.



Are you looking for an Alaskan Malamute puppy?

The best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with a purebred dog is to purchase one from a responsible breeder. Not sure where to begin finding a breeder? Contact the National Parent Club’s Breeder Referral person, which you can find on the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts page.


Want to help rescue and re-home an Alaskan Malamute dog?

Did you know nearly every recognized AKC purebred has a dedicated rescue group? Find your new best friend on the AKC Rescue Network Listing.


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Read and learn more about the loyal Alaskan Malamute dog breed with articles and information in our Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed Magazine.


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  • I live in Granite Bay, California. I have been in purebred dogs for 32 years, 30 years breeding Alaskan Malamutes. My kennel name is SilverIce. I currently keep 15 Alaskan Malamutes, one Siberian Husky, and two Pekingese.

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