FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the Alaskan Klee Kai
How much does an AKK cost?
AKKAOA does not govern what breeders should ask for their Alaskan Klee Kai. Some things that may influence the price may be, location of the breeder, your location, what quality you are looking for, bloodlines and the potential quality the dog/puppy. On an average anywhere from about $1500 to $3000 (more or less). You might find one that is being re-homed from a breeder that would be less or if you go through the Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue group.
Can the Association recommend a good AKK breeder for me?
AKKAOA does not recommend breeders. However all of our member breeders have declared by their membership to subscribe to the purposes of this Association and uphold the Association's Code of Ethics. AKKAOA strongly recommends you interview several breeders and expect to be interviewed as a prospective owner in return. Be sure you are getting your AKK from a reputable breeder who is registering their dogs and puppies with UKC, and is health-testing their breeding stock. Keep in mind the relationship between breeder and owner should be a long term relationship, so be sure the person(s) you choose to get an AKK from is someone that willingly answers your questions and someone you will not mind staying in touch with for the lifetime of your new dog.
Where can I learn more about reputable breeders?
Please read this website for more information on reputable breeders, AKK scammers and puppy mills: www.alaskankleekaiscam.com. Also visit our Breeder Directory for breeders that are members of AKKAOA.
Where is the Alaskan Klee Kai Association located?
AKKAOA is a National Association with Officers, Directors and Members from all over the USA and a few foreign memberships as well.
Do I have to own and AKK to be a member of AKKAOA?
No, you do not have to own an Alaskan Klee Kai to be a member. Membership is open to any breeder, owner or fancier of the Alaskan Klee Kai breed who subscribes to the purposes and objectives of the Association and who is in good standing with the U.K.C.
At the time I filled out my application for membership I was not able to volunteer for any committees, but now I am, who should I contact about this?
You should contact the Membership Secretary and let him/her know of your willingness to volunteer and your areas of interest for volunteer work. Contact information for the current Membership Secretary can be found on our Board of Directors page.
How many generations has this breed been breeding true?
Since the AKK were available to the public in 1988.
Are the dogs and bitches that are being used for breeding able to reproduce themselves consistently or there is a large variation in type?
At this time, you could get any size and sometimes any color pup from any dog and bitch. Mostly they are being born black and white, grey and white, a few red and white , occasionally white (from the American Eskimos) and darks (from the Schipperke) . We do not have a lot of pups going oversized (over 17 ½”), but there are still some.
What kinds of health checks does this parent club recommend for the breeding stocks? hips, eyes, elbows, etc.?
Dr. Jean Dodds established an AKK blood panel for this breed that includes CBC, Differential, & Chemistries, including liver enzymes and Thyroid profile of T3, T4, free T3, free T4, T3 autoantibodies and T4 autoantibodies. Because patella luxation can be seen in the smaller breeds, this should also be part of the annual exam, as well as a cardiac exam. Many breeders also do eye checks, or CERF, although cataracts are rarely seen in the breed. Of course, FVII DNA testing is still ongoing to assure that we do eliminate this as a potential health issue from the breed. AKKAOA has a Health and Medical Committee that works to learn and track health conditions in the AKK.
Does the temperament of this breed most equal the Siberian?
They can look like small Siberians, but they are their own breed. While loyal and affectionate with family members, the Alaskan Klee Kai is reserved and cautious with strangers and in unfamiliar situations. Their loyalty and alertness make them an excellent watchdog. The Alaska Klee Kai can be an escape artist and a runner, like their cousin the Siberian.
Is this breed typically successful in dog performance and dog sports?
They are extremely smart. You will find Alaskan Klee Kai succeeding not only in the conformation ring, but in performance events as well, like Obedience, Agility, Rally-O, Nosework and Weight Pull. They excel in dog sports, like Nose Work and Barn Hunt, two of the newest activities where you find Alaskan Klee Kai getting involved. They make wonderful Therapy and Service dogs. The Alaskan Klee Kai are very intelligent and trainable. Training takes patience, consistency and an understanding of the northern breed dog character. They learn best using positive training methods.
Is there an estimate of the number of AKK's in the world?
As of 11/2014, per a UKC report, there have been approximately 13,500 registered Klee Kai.
What percentage are pets versus breeding or potential breeding stock?
It is not known at this time. Some dogs that are potential breeding or show quality dogs may be spayed or neutered by an owner who does not wish to pursue those aspects of owning an AKK.
What is the typical lifespan of the breed?
Since the breed is still relatively young, an approximate age would be 12 – 18 years.
Does the AKK enjoy being with the family or would it prefer to be outside?
They became part of the pack unit. They prefer to be with their caregiver, wherever that may be.
They are not outside dogs like the typical sled dog.
What is a good day for an AKK?
Play (preferably with you), eat, training, nap, play, eat, training, nap, sleep, get attention, and play some more and then go to bed.
What kinds of records are required by the UKC, as per the association's Code of Ethics?
UKC owns the registry. They are in control of all dogs that are registered or not.
Are these records available to the public?
No, they are not, per UKC policy.
How can I contact Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue?
Here is their link: http://www.akkrescue.com
What is the plural of Alaskan Klee Kai?
If you'd like to show how familiar you are with the breed, you will know that the plural of Alaskan Klee Kai is Alaskan Klee Kai. There is no such thing as Alaskan Klee Kais. It is a common error used often, even though it is incorrect.