Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc.

The Original AKK Breed Club

FAQ

Alaskan Klee Kai

  1. 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.

  2. Can the Association recommend a good AKK breeder for me?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America is not in the habit of recommending breeders. However all of our member breeders have declared by their membership to subscribe to the purposes of this Association. AKKAOA strongly recommends that you interview several breeders and expect to be interviewed as a prospective owner in return. Keep in mind that the relationship between breeder and owner should be a long term relationship, so be sure that 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 you new dog.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 of AKKAOA. 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.

  5. 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 the Board of Directors page of this web site.

  6. How many generations has this breed been breeding true?

    Since the AKK were available to the public in 1988.

  7. 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 and occasionally white (from the Eskies). We do not have a lot of pups going oversized (over 17 ½”), but there are still some.

  8. What kinds of health checks does this parent club recommend for the breeding stocks? hips, eyes, elbows, Etc.?

    Dr. Jean Dodds has 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.

  9. Are there health issues that are prevalent, other than Factor VII, such as epilepsy, auto immune disorders, cancer, cataracts, etc?

    We occasionally see patella luxation, thyroid problems and some males being born with cryptorchidism. Health issues such as these sometimes appear in any breed. We are aware of no data that would indicate they are more prevalent in Alaskan Klee Kai than in other breeds.

  10. 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

  11. Is this breed typically successful in dog sports such as agility, flyball, obedience?

    They are extremely smart. You will find the 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 to name a few. They also make wonderful Therapy dogs.

  12. Is there an estimate of the number of AKK's in the world?

    Approximately 1500.

  13. 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.

  14. What is the typical lifespan of the breed?

    Since the breed is still relatively young, an approximate age would be 12 – 16 years.

  15. 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.

     

  16. What is a good day for an AKK?

    Play, eat, play, sleep, get attention, and play some more

  17. 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. At this time, there is more then one breed club.

  18. Are these records available to the public?

    No, they are not.

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