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History of AKKAOA   The Original AKK Breed Club

2000 through 2009


UKC decided that they would no longer ask that AKK be pre approved as breeding quality in order to register their litters.


July, 2000:

  • UKC informed AKKAOA that they could not continue to keep records of any kind on the breed as they felt it was too similar to being a registry. AKKAOA was pointed in the direction of The Center of Genetic Disease Control for possible tracking of health issues in the breed. This meant even more changes to the Constitution and Bylaws and to the club would need to be made, so the Board set about making them.



April, 2001:

  • UKC stated AKKAOA could make a Breed Inspection mandatory for membership, but advised against it. AKKAOA followed that advice and did not make it mandatory though still request reporting of health and temperament issues.


Late 2001:

  • UKC provided AKKAOA with a generic set of Bylaws to be followed as closely as possible with any deviation needing to be approved. 



August, 2002:

  •  AKKAOA gained Provisional Club Status with UKC. The purposes of this club as described in the new Constitution being:

    • to seek recognition as United Kennel Club Alaskan Klee Kai Parent Club;

    • to promote and improve knowledge of the Alaskan Klee Kai (herein referred to as AKK) and dogs in general;

    • to do all possible to bring the natural qualities of the pure-bred Alaskan Klee Kai to perfection through selective breeding;

    • to encourage genetic awareness within the breed by occasionally polling members as to the problems they may have encountered and publishing a list or brochure from the information collected giving clinical signs, methods of diagnosis, age of onset, mode of inheritance and potential treatments and prognosis when these things are known;

    • to aid with every possible means in demonstrating the conspicuous ability of the Alaskan Klee Kai as a companion;

    • to encourage the organization of local Alaskan Klee Kai Clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of The United Kennel Club;

    • to educate members and to urge breeders to adhere to the standard of the breed as approved by The United Kennel Club as a standard of excellence by which Alaskan Klee Kai may be judged;

    • to encourage sportsmanlike competition at all dog shows, and dog functions;

    • to conduct sanctioned matches and shows under the rules of The United Kennel Club.


Being a UKC Provisional Club meant that AKKAOA now needed to put on a UKC Rules and Regulations Seminar or hold our first show with UKC approval. With the thought that more of our members would benefit, AKKAOA opted to have the UKC Rules and Regulations Seminar at the time of the AKKAOA AKK Reunion Weekend and Annual Membership Meeting in Colorado. 



June 7, 2003:

  • With the help of UKC it was arranged for Sandra Drake, a UKC Judge and Field Representative, to give the YJC Rykes and Regulations Seminar. AKKAOA was required to have 20% of the Membership and 75% of the Board of Directors present at the Seminar. Those requirements were exceeded and the Seminar was a smashing success, evident in the glowing letter of recommendation written by Sandi Drake on behalf of AKKAOA.


July 23, 2003:

  • UKC approved AKKAOA as a Fully Licensed Conformation Club


October 31, 2003:

  • First UKC Licensed AKK Specialty Show in Lexington, Kentucky. The Mason-Dixon Club invited AKKAOA to hold our show during their Multi-breed show weekend and they were great to work with.



April 2, 3 & 4, 2004:

  • Golden West Group (GWG) hosted AKKAOA’s 1st AKK booth at the American Pet Expo in Southern CA, where the AKK and AKKAOA were introduced to the general public.


August 6, 7 & 8, 2004:

  • AKKAOA Meeting and Picnic was held in Willow, Alaska at Terry and Jim Wright’s home on Crystal Lake.  One of the focal points of the weekend was a 3-hour “Good Dog – Good Owner” seminar presented by Dr. Claudia Sihler, Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT).  This seminar was approved for one hour of Continuing Education credit for Veterinary Technicians that attended, by the Alaska State Veterinary Board.


October 29, 2004:

  • Second AKKAOA AKK Specialty in Lexington, KY.  The Mason-Dixon Club invited AKKAOA back to hold our AKK Specialty during their Multi-breed show weekend.   At this Specialty, we instituted two new awards: The Sportsmanship Award and the Showmanship Award.

  • The Sportsmanship Award is a traveling award, donated by the Mason Dixon Multi Breed Dog Association in memory of Gail Compton. The winner of this award is selected by those exhibiting in the Specialty and it will reside with the winner for one year. After one year, it will be replaced by a plaque, and the name of the winner will be engraved on the award, which will then be awarded to a new winner. We are pleased and proud to announce that the winner of the first Sportsmanship Award was Susan Cain, who was voted on by her peers.  

  • The winner of the Showmanship Award is selected by the Judge from amongst all of the exhibitors in the Specialty. Again, we are pleased and proud to announce that the first Showmanship Award went to Fran Morano.


December, 2004:

  • The Health and Medical Research Committee was allotted monies to hire a computer database consultant to set-up our Medical and Health database.



January, 2005:

  • The Health and Medical Research Committee Health Survey was finalized


February and March, 2005:

  • The Health and Medical Research Committee Health Survey was sent out.


February 3, 2005:

  • AKKAOA first asked UAKKA about doing a joint event.  They were in the midst of holding their elections.  AKKAOA then asked the newly elected UAKKA President, Barbara Williams.


March 11, 2005

  • 1st Multi-Breed Show was held in Kiowa, CO, along with an AKK Specialty making this our 3rd AKK Specialty.  The High Plains Kennel Club invited AKKAOA to hold these two shows in conjunction with their Multi-breed dog shows.

  • Jenna Kallaher of New Mexico was honored with the best Showmanship Award plaque.  

  • Bob Cook of Oregon was honored with the best Sportsmanship Award plaque, which was voted on by his peers.


April, 2005:

  • AKKAOA submitted our presentation packet to UKC to request that AKKAOA become the National Parent Club for the AKK


April 15, 16 & 17, 2005:

  • The Golden West Group (GWG) hosted AKKAOA’s 2nd AKK booth at the American Pet Expo in Southern CA, where the AKK were introduced and AKKAOA was promoted to the general public.


May 25, 2005:

  • Jeff Rogers of Gray Wolf Innovations, LLC is approved to take over the maintenance of the website and become the webmaster


June 24, 25 & 26, 2005:

  • In association with the Sandy Paws Canine Club, GWG hosted AKKAOA’s Multi-breed show on Friday and an AKK Specialty on Sunday at Pioneer Park, Lucerne Valley, CA. This weekend made this AKKAOA’s 2nd Multi-breed show weekend and their 4th AKK Specialty.  AKKAOA’s Annual Picnic, informal meeting and an Obedience R & R were also held during the weekend.

  • On Sunday June 26, 2005 morning before their AKK Specialty they started early with Deena Case-Pall, PhD, Psychologist and Animal Behaviorist, who demonstrated considerable insight into the Alaskan Klee Kai breed. She eagerly answered questions during and following her comprehensive discussions about those factors that go into the make-up and personalities of our dogs. She was delightful and willing to stick around as long as anyone had questions for her. We had approximately 29 attendees.


July 20, 2005:

  • UKC sent AKKAOA a list of goals that they would like to see us accomplish before we would be considered as a Provisional Parent Club


August 4, 2005:

  • AKKAOA received their letter from UKC announcing that we have obtained our Obedience License


November 4, 2005:

  • 3rd Annual AKK Specialty in Kentucky.  The show was moved from Lexington to Simpsonville, KY, making this our 5th AKK Specialty since we started.



January 1, 2006:

  • AKKAOA start publishing the Alaskan Klee Kai Newsletter 6 times a year


Mid-February, 2006:

  • The Health and Medical Research committee distributed approximately 240 DNA swabs to AKK owners to be sent to Dr. Urs Giger at the University of Pennsylvania Vet School who is working on the Factor VII research


April 21 – 23, 2006:

  • GWG in southern California hosted their third America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA, where the AKK and AKKAOA were once again introduced and promoted to the public with much enthusiasm


July 22 -23, 2006:

  • GWG hosted a successful weekend of 4 Multi-breed shows in Claremont, CA


September 2, 2006:

  • Annual Reunion Picnic in Summerville, PA.  There was not a quorum, so a short informal meeting was held.


November 4, 2006:

  • Dr. Urs Giger of the University of Pennsylvania Vet School presented a very important seminar on Factor VII and what it means for the Alaskan Klee Kai


November 5, 2006:

  • 4th Annual Alaskan Klee Kai Specialty in Simpsonville, Kentucky, which makes a total of 6 AKK specialties AKKAOA have hosted since March 2005.  At the request of UKC, AKKAOA will hold only one Specialty per year from this point forward.



January 1, 2007:

  • UKC approved the closure of the AKK Stud books beginning on January 1, 2007

  • Created Public Relations Committee and guidelines for what it will cover


April 13 - 15, 2007:

  • GWG at their 4th Pet Expo at Costa Mesa, CA


April 19, 2007:

  • AKKAOA Yahoo membership discussion group was formed


April 22, 2007:

  • The first Midwest group (to be) BBQ held in Brooklyn Park, MN by Kristi and Matt Dushek


May 1, 2007:

  • AKKAOA Constitution and Bylaw amendments were certified

  • Introduction of quarterly online general membership meetings and the meeting guidelines were published in the AKK News

  • New Membership Incentive profram in effect starting May 1, 2007


June 24, 2007:

  • First online quarterly General Member’s Meeting


July, 2007:

  • Kennelz and Bitz of Minnesota volunteers to become a foster facility for AKKAOA’s rescues.  They fostered two AKK until their forever home was found.


July 21 - 22, 2007:

  • GWG All Breed Conformation Show at Claremont, CA. which included 40 AKK entries


October 19, 2007:

  • 19th Reunion Picnic and Annual Meetingin Springfield, MO at the Smith Park Pavilion

  • 7th AKK Specialty in Springfield, MO was held at the Boys and Girls Club

  • The AKK Pedigree Database was announced at this meeting as being online

  • A Weight Pull Clinic/Demo was presented by Mary and Tim Cunningham of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club

  • Terry Wright was presented with the Lifetime Membership award

  • Multi-Breed shows held on October 20-21, 2007


November, 2007:

  • Recommendations for AKK health monitoring was published in the AKK News and on the website



2008 is the 20th anniversary of the formation of AKKAOA, the original AKK Breed Club. Lenor Lynas made a beautiful Memorial quilt to celebrate this anniversary which was raffled off to one of AKKAOA’s members.


January 26 - 27, 2008

  • Golden West Group Multi-Breed show at Claremont, CA.  This was our first January shows and the first time to use the 3 ring format.


March, 2008

  • Reported in the AKK News – AKK Pedigree Database has 774 unique dogs and 94 registered users


April 1, 2008:

  • EBay *Dog of the Month* AKK Rescue Calendar auction


April 11 - 13, 2008:

  • GWG were at Pet Expo for the 5th year at Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fairgrounds, where the AKK booth grew from 1 to 4


May, 2008:

  • Agreement for a separate rescue Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue (AKKNR) approved, combined of and partially supported by both AKKAOA and UAKKA

  • Creation of Platinum East Group (PEG) with Carolyn Zinsser as the contact person

  • AKK Pedigree Database 1000 unique dogs and 107 registered users as reported in the AKK News


May 24 - 25, 2008:

  •  PEG's first show, 4 Multi breed show weekend in Punxatawney, PA


June 2008:

  • AKKAOA fundraiser cookbook - The Kitchen Kompanion - cookbook was at the publishers.  The book contains 250 recipes, including recipes for dog, cat, bird and horse treats. Evelyn Richer has designed a cover and liner for the 3-ring book, as well as the dividers for each section, and did an outstanding job using as many photos as possible. The recipe portion of the book is being published by Morris Press but the stories and photos that were not included in the main portion of the cookbook will be printed as an insert by Martin & Virginia Skiby. Evelyn has done two pencil drawings that will be front and back covers of the insert which will be put in the back.


July 18 – 20, 2008:

  • 8th AKK Specialty in Claremont, CA, hosted by the GWG with blood draw clinic on July 18, 2008

  • 20th Annual Reunion Picnic and Annual Meeting in Claremont, CA hosted by the GWG on July 18, 2008

  • Program on Hypothyroidism and Autoimmune Thyroid was presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

  • Multi-breed shows on July 19-20, 2008

  • Obedience Trials hosted by the GWG on July 19-20, 2008

  • The Kitchen Kompanion Cookbook was first available on this weekend

  • Lenor Lynas was presented with the Lifetime Membership award


November, 2008:

  • AKK Pedigree Database has 1300 unique dogs and 151 registered users, as reported in the AKK News


December, 2007:

  • Creation of the Midnight Sun AKK Group – MSAKK (The Land of the Midnight Sun) group with Terry Wright as contact person



January, 2009:

  • First AKKAOA AKK News to be sent by email, making it more convenient, timelier, and cost effective and the photos/images are sharp and clear

  • Regional Development Committee created, chaired by Patricia Zengel

  • Awards Committee created, headed by Linda Yates

  • AKK Pedigree Database had 812 visitors, has 1315 unique dogs and 188 registered users, as reported in the AKK News


January 24 - 25, 2009:

  • Conformation Shows and Obedience Trials in Claremont, CA hosted by Golden West Group


March, 2009:

  • AKK Pedigree Database has 1348 unique dogs & 218 registered users as reported in the AKK News


March 15, 2009:

  • Online general membership meeting on Health Issues


March 21 - 22, 2009:

  • The Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West participated at the Shelton, WA shows


April 17 -19, 2009:

  • GWG for the 6th year was at Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA


May 30 - 31, 2009:

  • The Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West participated at the Chehalis, WA Shows


June 7, 2009:

  • Online general membership meeting the discussion was on Service & Therapy dogs


July 1, 2009:

  • EBay auction for the 2010 *dog of the Month* Photos for the AKK Rescue Calendar

  • AKK Pedigree Database has 1443 unique dogs & 270 registered users as reported in the AKK News


July 3 - 5, 2009:

  • Alaskan Klee Kai of the North West group participated in Washington Classic show


July 18 - 19, 2009:

  • GWG show Conformation and Obedience in Claremont, CA with blood draw clinic, Thyroid OFA Panel, etc


September, 2009:

  • AKK News announced that Dr. Jean Dodds became AKKAOA’s medical advisor

  • AKK Pedigree Database has surpassed 1500 dogs milestone (1505 unique dogs & 296 registered users) as reported in the AKK News


September 18 - 20, 2009:

  • AKK Specialty in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the Platinum East Group (PEG) on September 18, 2009

  • Reunion Picnic and 21st Annual Meeting in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by PEG on September 18, 2009

  • Eileen Gregory, who unfortunately could not be at the meeting, was presented with the first Bob Cook Spirit of AKKAOA Award by Linda Yates and other committee members. Mary Jones graciously accepted the award in honor of Eileen.

  • Judge Roger *Butch* Bennett gave a presentation on the AKK.

  • Multi-breed show in Carlisle, PA at the Hotel Carlisle hosted by the PEG on September 19-20, 2009

  • Cardiac health clinic presented by Dr. Kristin Jacob DVM.  In cardiac auscultation, an examiner uses a stethoscope to listen for sounds, which provide important information about the condition of the heart.


October 24, 2009:

  • Pet Expo in Saint Louis, KS was hosted by two AKKAOA members, Barbara Wiebelhaus and Lanie Crawford


December 1, 2009:

  • EBay Holiday auction was kicked off.