Thank you for contacting Heart of Texas Alaskan Klee Kai. If you are writing this email, then you must want to find more information about this wonderful breed. Here is the beginning of Linda Spurlins’ story:
“In the mid 1970's my husband and I had come down from Alaska to visit his relatives in Oklahoma. Of their various farm dogs, one of them was a 17 pound gray and white female husky. They called her 'Curious' because she was a curiosity to them. I thought this little creature was so cute that I asked if I could take her back to Alaska with us. They seemed quite pleased to be rid of an extra dog, and thus I acquired my first little husky. It seemed as though everywhere we went, people flocked around the vehicle to exclaim and marvel about this little dog. We went into a restaurant and discovered it empty because the patrons were over at the window looking out at our little dog! I knew I had to find a way to duplicate this little wonder.” … http://www.alaskankleekai.com/spurlin/ for the complete history.
Some of the first questions that we are asked is,
5. Is there a number that I can call for more information and to talk to a real person? Yes, you can call Mark at 210-710-8787
6. You can also add Barbara Manley (San Antonio Texas and Wagner High School Philippines) from facebook to see new pictures.
7. What sizes of Klee Kai do you breed? We produce all three sizes, Toy, Mini and Standard, all colors approved by Linda Spurlin and we do occasionally have white puppies but we do not register the white puppies.
Alaskan Klee Kai are truly companion huskies. They are devoted to their family and friends with their favorite spot being anywhere their owners are. That said, they are NOT a breed for everyone.
They are by nature EXTREMELY reserved to the point of being EXTREMELY SHY around strangers and people they do not know well. On the good side, this is not a breed that will willingly be stolen away from you. On the negative side, in our world, dogs need to be social animals accepting of far more than immediate family and friends. Therefore, owners must SERIOUSLY work to SOCIALIZE their AKK to not just tolerating “strangers” but to accepting strangers. And by strangers I mean everyone from their attending veterinarian to dog sitters to occasional house guests to people you and they will meet on the streets. And you and they will meet people on the streets….because AKK are true attention getters….everywhere you go people will come up and want to meet your dog. Your puppy may be extremely social for the first 6 or 9 months of their life and then decide that they do not like strangers.
If you are not prepared to be inundated with attention and questions about your dog wherever you Go.. Then.. the Alaskan Klee Kai is NOT the breed for you.
Alaskan Klee Kai require this same socialization to get them use to other dogs and animals.
They do not think of themselves as small dogs….they will seriously consider taking on even the largest dogs.
While the Alaskan Klee Kai is fortunate to be one breed, thanks to the diligence of Linda Spurlin and all breeders who remain committed to monitoring health issues and remain committed to only breeding the best Alaskan Klee Kai, relatively free of serious health issues.
The AKK is also a very young breed, so there is only limited knowledge about what health issues might be lurking in the gene pool. After all, the Alaskan Husky is as previously stated a breed type rather than a pure breed, and mushers are well known for having their own secret recipe for developing their teams to race, so while the Alaskan Klee Kai has a small breeding population, the gene pool which makes up the AKK is very wide and relatively unknown. Due to this, we are currently requiring an adult exam completed on Alaskan Klee Kai that we place as companions as well as adults.
Breeding, Currently most breeders have been careful about approving other breeding quality dogs and will require a breeding quality exam to be completed and approved in order to breed an AKK that you purchase. We do not normally charge more or less for a puppy if it is to be breeding quality or companion quality however, it is not uncommon if we are selling a breeding quality male, that we may require stud services back and often breeding quality females, we will require a pick puppy back. If that is the case, with females, if you do not have your own stud, we can and will provide stud service to either one of our own studs or one that we co-own. We would get first pick of the litter for our pick and all other puppies of the litter would be yours to keep or sell but would need to be placed on a contract similar to the one that you have with us in order to continue the protection of the breed.
Currently, these are
the some of the conditions that have occurred in Alaskan Klee Kai. You
will find the complete listing at
Crypt-orchid (Retained Testicle[s])
Patella Luxation (Kneecap Dislocation)
Disease (Heart Murmur both innocent and genetic)
For more history
For more FAQs please go to our faq OR documents page.
For information about red dogs or the breeding of colors :
After researching this information if you determine that this might be the dog for you, please Submit the questionnaire at http://www.kleekai.us/questionnaire.htm.
Join the Alaskan Klee Kai Advocates, a Yahoo Discussion group, I recommend joining the group to learn more about the breed and help determine if you are interested in pursuing ownership of the AKK. The Advocates URL is:
Begin discussions with one or more breeders, decide whether you want to work with a single breeder or get on several of the breeders waiting lists and then be patient. Remember that most breeders will want updates for at least the first year, if not the life of the dog, so pick someone to deal with that you can continue to have a relationship with. If you are not comfortable with that breeder, then there are plenty more to deal with. Be courteous, if you receive the dream puppy from a breeder, write the others and let them know that you are no longer looking for a puppy from them. Don’t just watch what they write about doing, watch what they do. There are some breeders offering promises and health guarantees, that they do not back up. It is easy to say something, but quite another to do it.
This site was last updated 07/29/12
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