Choosing which type of dog breed is best for you is an important decision. The Alaskan Klee Kai breed is a special type of dog that has high energy and is an intelligent animal.
They were developed by breeding the Siberian Husky, the Schipperke, and the American Eskimo Dog in the 1970s. When choosing an Alaskan Klee Kai, it is important to do a sufficient amount of research to understand their unique needs and temperament.
If, after researching and socializing with an Alaskan Klee Kai, you are confident in your ability to become a caretaker of this breed, it is important to decide on a reputable and ethical breeder. When choosing a breeder, there are a few key things to look for, such as the breeding environment, a puppy’s lineage, and ancestry.
There are many Alaskan Klee Kai breeders out there, but not all of them have the best interest of the breed at heart. An ethical breeder is a person who aims to better the breed, which includes both the temperamental and physical aspects of the dog.
A standard for the Alaskan Klee Kai breed has been set and ethical breeders will abide by its provisions.
The breed standards are a blueprint according to which all Alaskan Klee Kai are bred. The breeder looks for traits that are specifically selected when the dogs are bred. They use only the best dogs with the physical and temperamental aspects they want passed down to future generations.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a rare dog breed, so putting your name on a wait-list may be necessary.
Once you find a reputable breeder, it is normal to wait a few months for your puppy.
Do not be in so much of a hurry that you settle for a dog from someone who is a backyard breeder.
You will be much happier in the long run, the dog will have fewer health problems, and the puppy is more likely to be the epitome of the Alaskan Klee Kai breed if you wait for a puppy from a reputable source.
Ethical vs. Unethical Alaskan Klee Kai Breeders
Differentiating between ethical and unethical breeders takes some time and research. It can be easily done by paying attention to who you are buying from along with researching online. There are many resources, such as the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, that provide information on breeding standards for the Alaskan Klee Kai.
Unfortunately, unethical breeders are common. Due to the rarity of the breed, other dogs such as the Shiba Inu, for example, may also be bred to produce puppies which are often passed off as “Alaskan Klee Kai.” Such mixes can be unpredictable both personality and health-wise.
Others “breeders” may choose to breed pet-quality Alaskan Klee Kai for puppies; assuming that they had purchased the dog from a breeder on a pet-only basis, this would be a violation of their contract. Pet-quality are not to be bred.
Unethical breeders are also more likely to produce more puppy litters throughout the year, as this would increase their profits.
In contrast, ethical Aaskan Klee Kai breeders do not have many litters and may actually only breed once a year, depending on the number of breeding dogs they have.
They focus on improving the physical aspects of the dog breed instead of worrying about how much money they are going to get from the litter.
Ethical breeders will live up to, or exceed, the standard specifications of the Alaskan Klee Kai breed. They will take pride in their dogs and puppies, which will be shown through their dedication to the upkeep of the puppies and the breeding area.
Apples Do Not Fall Far from the Tree
Lineage is extremely important with any dog breed, and especially with rare breeds like the Alaskan Klee Kai.
The goal of any breeder is to get as close to perfection as possible. This is done by breeding only the finest traits of parents into their puppies.
An ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeder will be able to trace the puppies’ lineage to show the traits and potential problems removed by the breeding process.
Another reason lineage is traced is because of the pride ethical breeders have in their work. They will know who the mother and father are, where the brothers and sisters are, etc.
Most often, the parents will be onsite so you can view them. Health certificates for the parents and ancestors should also be readily available so you know what type of condition they are in. An ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeder will present these to you when you become a potential buyer.
Note: With COVID, ethical breeders may not public access to their homes and facilities. This is perfectly understandable and likely the new normal going forward.
Ethical breeders also follow standards set by the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America (AKKAOA) code and the United Kennel Club (UKC) code. These codes are a uniform set of standards that all breeders must abide by. The AKKAOA is specific to the Alaskan Klee Kai breed, whereas the UKC code is more of a general code of conduct when breeding any type of dog. Ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeders know and understand the standards of both organizations and apply them to their breeding process.
Unethical breeders may or may not know who the parents of the puppies are. Sometimes, one parent may be of a different breed. If this is the case, it is best to stay away from this type of breeder.
There is no way to tell whether harmful traits and qualities have been passed down to the puppies. Often, the breeder will have little to no information on the parents before breeding the dogs. Once again, unethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeders are only concerned with producing many Alaskan Klee Kai for sale.
If a breeder claims to know the lineage, have them produce documentation that follows the above codes. Unethical breeders do not register their puppies so they do not have to abide by the codes.
This can cause health issues to be passed down from parents to puppies, which can cause health and temperament problems in the long run.
Ask Questions and Do Your Research
Ask the breeder questions when choosing your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy. Do they know a lot about the breed, such as the temperament and personality? Can they give you background information on the puppies and parents?
Ethical breeders have been in the business for years and are members of professional organizations. Because of this, they show passion and know a great deal of information about the breed.
Most, if not all, breeders will follow up with you once a puppy is purchased from them. They will inquire about the puppy’s health and how it is adapting to your home.
Ethical breeders will keep information on their puppies to help improve future litters. In addition, they will allow you to call them with any questions or concerns once you bring your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy home.
They should be readily available and knowledgeable about any questions you may have. Unethical breeders are often reluctant in maintaining further communication after purchasing as they are only concerned with profits as opposed to the well-being of the puppies.
The majority of their time is devoted to producing more puppies rather than working together with the new owner to ensure that their puppies are progressing developmentally.
Along with this, ethical breeders will give you references. Buyers are encouraged to call these references to ensure they are credible.
References should be able to tell you what kind of experience they had with the breeder along with the outcome of the puppy. Unethical breeders will not offer any references nor will they provide any if asked. Always ask for references and follow up—it will help you in distinguishing ethical breeders from unethical ones.
It is not vital to see where the puppies are raised
When deciding on an Alaskan Klee Kai breeder, one may want to thoroughly check out the breeding facility. It is very intuitive to want to see the environment where the puppies roam to get a sense of the breeding conditions.
However, do keep in mind that not many breeders have a commercial kennel. Instead, you would be requesting a visit to their own intimate livelihoods. Not many breeders would want to have a total stranger into their households, especially with reports of dog robbers posing as buyers becoming more common.
Please respect the privacy of the breeder if they refuse any home visits as their reasons are often justified. They are not trying to hide anything, instead, they are exercising their right of taking sensible precautions to protect themselves and their puppies from possible harm.
Strangers could introduce new viruses or bacteria which may have negative consequences on the health of the puppies.
Online searches for violations through a search engine may be conducted instead. The Animal Care Information Search (A.C.I.S.) search tool will indicate whether breeders have been cited for violations such as overcrowding, cross breeding for more money, excessive fecal matter, and lack of a vet-approved exercise plan.
If the breeder has been cited for any violations, stay away.
Ethical breeding facilities come in all shapes and sizes. The important points to look for are that the area is not overcrowded, it is sanitary, and the proper equipment should be near.
Unethical breeders most often breed in their homes under unsanitary conditions. This can lead to infections, diseases, and parasites in the puppies.
Ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeders handle the puppies on a regular basis while exposing them to various stimuli. The stimuli could include other animals, children, and typical everyday noises. Inquire as to what type of noises the puppies have been around, as well as their temperament with children and other dogs.
This way, when you bring your puppy home, you can be sure he will already be used to some of the noises so the adjustment period will be easier on both him and you.
Another trait of ethical breeders is that they will start obedience, potty, and crate training even before you purchase the puppy. This shows compassion and commitment on the breeder’s part and will give you a much more pleasant experience when you bring the puppy home.
Unethical breeders will not pay much attention to their puppies, let alone try to house train them. If the dogs are kept outdoors or if their living area is scattered with pee pads or newspapers, this could be a sign that the dogs have not been properly trained.
When looking for an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy, expect an ethical breeder to ask you lots of questions as well. They will want to know if you have done your research and can provide a loving home for this type of breed. Unethical breeders will not ask many questions about you or care about where the dog is going.
All they will care about is how much money you give them. If, for some reason, the puppy does not work out in your home, ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeders will require you to return the dog so a more suitable home can be found.
Unethical breeders will repeat the same breeding patterns often, regardless of the outcome. This is a cheap and easy way for them to make money, but it is not good for the parents, puppies, or the breed as a whole.
Repeating the same breed pair over and over again leads to bad traits being passed down through the generations. Ethical breeders rarely repeat a breeding to ensure they keep improving the breed through variation. This practice is shown through the lineage and ancestry of the parents.
Ethical breeders only breed dogs over the age of two. In addition, dogs that have been bred a certain number of times are retired. This ensures the best bloodlines get passed down and no crossbreeding happens.
Unethical breeders breed all ages of dogs for as long as the dogs will give birth. Sometimes, brother and sister dogs are bred to create offspring. This can go on for generations which causes inbreeding and a host of genetic problems.
Know What to Look For
Unethical breeders sell puppies soon after they are born, sometimes as soon as three weeks. Most of the time, puppies are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. These puppies will be listed in the newspaper and online ads.
The puppies sold by the unethical breeders come cheap, ranging anywhere from $200 to $400 a puppy, sometimes even cheaper. You can find that a majority of the ads offering Alaskan Klee Kai puppies for sale are from unethical breeders.
Ethical Alaskan Klee Kai breeders most often have their own online website where you can contact the breeders directly. Word of mouth is another great way to find a reputable breeder.
These breeders will wait until the puppies are properly weaned and adapted before they even put them up for sale. Alaskan Klee Kai puppies that are purebred will cost around $500 and up. If the breeder is a member of an organization such as the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club, it will be listed on their website. Be sure to ask for documentation as well.
Alaskan Klee Kai breeders are numerous throughout the area; unfortunately, not all of them are reputable. When choosing a breeder, make sure to research the heritage of the puppy, inspect the breeding area, and do proper research.
Also, get to know the breeder on a more personal basis. The breeder should be open to any questions you may have and be prepared to show you documentation.
Get the Best, and Enjoy!
The Alaskan Klee Kai breed is a well-bred dog that has been perfected over the years. It is important to keep the bloodlines strong by buying from an ethical breeder. Watch out for warning signs of an unethical breeder and trust your instincts.
This will ensure the health of your puppy as well as future Alaskan Klee Kai puppies.
Be informed, so you can be confident that when you fall in love with a puppy, you are getting the best of the breed.