Kenai Ridge Kennels
Alaskan Klee Kai
Here you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we get. If you don't see the information you're looking for, please feel free to drop us an e-mail.
How big does the Alaskan Klee Kai get?
There are three sizes of Alaskan Klee Kai. The Toy variety stands up to 13-inches at the shoulder and weighs around 8 to 10 lbs. The Miniature variety is 13 to 15 inches and weighs from 10 to 15 lbs, while the Standard variety is 15 to 17 inches and weighs 15 to 20 lbs.
How many puppies can an Alaskan Klee Kai have in a single litter?
Litter size can vary depending on the size of the dog. On average, one to three pups is a common litter size.
Do they shed a lot?
Yes, they do. They will shed a little each day, this can be somewhat controlled with frequent brushing. They do "blow", or lose their undercoat one to two times per year depending on the climate.
Do they dig and chew things up?
I think this depends on the dog. I've had some that like to chew and some that like to dig, as well as dogs that don't do either. To help with the chewing, providing lots of toys and good things to chew on is the best advice I can give. Even though we've never had a dog escape under the fence For our dog that digs, we've used bricks along the fenceline to make sure she can't dig under.
How well can they handle hot and/or cold weather?
We can have some very warm days here in California, especially in the summertime. I've seen these dogs lay directly in the sunlight, all stretched out, obviously enjoying the heat. It's always important to make sure that your dog has adequate shade/shelter and plenty of water, especially when it's warm outside. The AKK is a nordic breed, so they also do fine in the cold weather. It's just as important that they have shelter in the cold weather as it is in warm weather.
What is the life expectancy of an Alaskan Klee Kai?
Because this breed is so new, it's still hard to say exactly. From observations, it appears that the average age range is around 12 to 14 years.
What is the personality of the Alaskan Klee Kai?
From my experience, the personalities of these little dogs is as varied as it is with people. The one thing that we've seen that is consistent is a reservation with strangers. Because of this, these little dogs can never have too much socialization.
Is the AKK suitable for apartment living?
Yes they are. That's one of the great things about these dogs. They can do very well in an apartment as long as they get an adequate amount of exercise.
How was this breed developed?
The woman who made this breed into a reality is Linda Spurlin. I think that she is best able to tell her story, so I would recommend checking out her website at http://www.alaskankleekai.com/spurlin/index.html for all of the details.
Is there an official Alaskan Klee Kai Association web site?
You can find the official Alaskan Klee Kai Association (also known as AKKAOA) at http://www.akkaoa.org.
How much do you charge for puppies?
This is a difficult question to answer because we don't have a set price for our puppies. We look at each puppy as an individual to determine price. Some things that may be considered are gender, potential breeding or show quality, and sometimes who the parents are. Our price range is $1800 to $2500. If you want more specific information regarding any puppies you see on our website, or you'd just like more information regarding costs of puppies, please feel free to contact us directly.
Do you have any puppies available now or soon?
We may or may not have puppies. It depends on a lot of things.... most importantly Mother Nature. We do give the people on our waiting list the first opportunity to make a choice about our puppies before people who are not. Please check back often as we'll post frequent puppy pics when we do have little ones in the house.
What is the current wait list?
This is another question that has an answer that varies. We don't produce puppies to fill the spots on our waiting list, and therefore the number of people on the list can vary. Please feel free to contact us to find out where we currently stand.
Do you ship puppies, and how old do they need to be before you will ship them?
We are willing to ship puppies, but we will not ship a puppy that isn't at least 8-weeks old. There may be circumstances in which it may be in the puppy's best interest to wait a little longer, or make special arrangements, but that is decided based on each individual puppy. Usually it's not a problem to ship at 8-weeks. The cost for shipping can vary depending on destination and the airlines. An estimate for shipping is $250 to $500. This includes vet services, a kennel, and the puppy's "ticket".