Children and the AKK
Whenever children and dogs are together I urge these precautions ALWAYS be observed:
1. NEVER leave children and dogs without the supervision of a responsible adult.
2. NEVER leave a dog with a bone or a bowl of food alone with a child.
3. TEACH your children, under supervision, to be respectful but unafraid of dogs. it's one of those 'Lessons for Life' that makes the world a better place for dogs and persons of every age.
Other domestic pets and the AKK
Given that each dog has its own personality and preferences, like most dogs the AKK will on a one-to-one, be at least 'accepting' of the house cat. However, here I see that collectively the 'pack instinct' will kick in and an inattentive feline will be swarmed.
Responsible breeding has delivered relatively few problems. These have been observed: 1. Luxating Patella (common to small breeds) 2. Heart murmur in early stage
3. Chryptochoidism (retained testicle)
5. Bite (not scissor as per 'sandard', over/under)
6. Splayed feet (aka easty/westy)
7. Factor VII deficiency
IMPORTANT- keep in touch with the breeder to ensure appropriate action and comprehensive
records to track traits that may develop.
* ABOUT THE FAMILY PACK
IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE KLEE KAI, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CHOOSE THEM FROM DIFFERENT LITTERS.
A brief history of Alaskan Klee Kai Reproduced here with the kind permission of the author and Developer of the Alaskan Klee Kai, Linda Spurlin. DOWNLOAD THE PDF
After a decade of living with, breeding and raising these remarkable miniatures ...
The AKK can be impish, will unconditionally love you, will stick to you and chat with you whenever you listen. If you're taking home one of the puppies from our home, we've started their training. If you're between trainers, here are methods that I follow and recommend DOWNLOAD THE PDF
Roger says ...
Bearing in mind that I'm only one person drawing my own conclusions from experiences and discussions, I advise perspective owners to research this breed thoroughly.
Character/Temperament of the AKK
Our first Klee Kai displayed the traditional nervous trait when she came to live with us. She was ten months old when she arrived and it was several months later that we were delighted to see her quickly become a confident, playful member of the family - our second Klee Kai puppy had arrived. She has a pack!
The pack nature runs deep and this shy, tentative behaviour is what we have observed repeatedly with puppies coming from diverse environments. We learned from this that the Klee Kai does best with a pack and, since most of our puppies will be moving in with a human family, humans will be their pack*
To that end we raise our puppies, from birth to adoption, as part of the family
As I am at home with the puppies I am able, when they are not nursing and taking long, peaceful 'growth naps', to give them lots of attention. They are cuddled, they play with us and with each other, and they'll be 'chatting' with us as only AKK can do. Unlike many small breeds the AKK is not a yapper. They have a 'large dog' voice and when one of them sets off an alarm they all demonstrate the traditional husky howl!
All of our Klee Kai are part of the family - the adults all spend time in the house with us, in purpose-built indoor/outdoor heated shelters and out of doors in one of the large, securely fenced playing fields where they can respond to the call of the wild!
AKK CAN BE ESCAPE ARTISTS!
FENCING FOR PLAY AREAS NEEDS TO BE STRONG, DUG IN, HIGHER THAN YOU IMAGINED AND PROTECTED FROM WILDLIFE!
Roger's Reading List If you're looking for more resources check out Roger's list for many good print and e-sources. These 20 titles are Roger's all-time favourites covering topics from health and grooming to discipline and training... THE PDF IS ONLY A CLICK AWAY
* Roger Laycock is a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a qualified practitioner of the Clicker Training method Recognizing the value of dog therapy with seniors, children and students, Roger was instrumental in founding the Gibsons, Sunshine Coast branch of Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TOPC) which he serves as Co-Team Leader and Evaluator.
Official UKC Breed Standard
The Alaskan Klee Kai was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1997. To learn more about the UKC and the AKK Official UKC Breed Standard please click and DOWNLOAD THE PDF