Alaskan Klee Kai Scams – Red Flags and Warning Signs
You've just found the Alaskan Klee Kai puppy of your dreams on the internet. It's everything you've been looking for and the price is too good to be true. How can you tell if the ad is from a legitimate Alaskan Klee Kai Breeder or a Scam to take your money? These are some of the major Red Flags in Scams.
1. Small low quality picture(s) of the puppy(ies) being offered
2. Price under $500 (aka too good to be true)
3. Ad is written badly, poor grammar, misspellings, off-sounding wording.
4. Slogans like: "Won't last long!" "In time for the Holidays" "Pick of the litter," "Just one left!"
5. No link back to a website or even has a website. Does all their selling through classified websites.
6. Advertises "Champion Bloodlines". Unless you're looking for a show quality puppy or a breeding quality puppy this isn't really important. Most puppies are not show quality no matter how wonderful their parents are or how many ribbons they've won. The benefit of getting a puppy from parents who are Champions or Grand Champions is that it means their breeder is active with their dogs (participates in dog related activities), understands their breed standard, and is hopefully breeding to improve the breed.
7. Promotes their puppy as the perfect pet. Alaskan Klee Kai are not like other dog breeds and most breeders want to thoroughly warn you about their quirks and will be hesitant about placing a puppy with you until they are sure you understand exactly what you're getting into.
8. Ad contains very little information about the puppies.
9. Ad is on a website like Craigslist, Lycos, Buy & Sell, petclassifieds, for-sale, petsunlimited etc.
10. Ad appears on other websites listing a different location
11. No application process. A couple questions in an email do not count.
12. Doesn't require you to sign a contract to purchase the puppy or a contract to place a deposit.
13. Advertises KC, CKC, or AKC registered puppies. Neither of these registries accept AKK at this time. Any dog or puppy should be UKC registered. UKC registration is required for ARBA, Continital Kennel Club, and IABCA.
14. Doesn't have a Kennel Name. Breeders are very proud of the dogs they own and the puppies they produce. They have a Kennel Name to designate their dogs from someone else's.
15. A Paypal cart on the ad or website. This isn't evidence that they are a scam, its just plain tacky!
When in doubt, ways to verify their credibility:
1. If they have a Kennel Name, Google it. Scammers have been using the name of actual breeders with pictures from the real website in their scams. I've seen one that even linked back to the breeder's website, but the ad was selling puppies in Australia which the breeder doesn't do.
2. Google the email address in the ad. Often it will come up with other ads posted by that person.
3. Ask the Factor VII status of the parents and the puppy and for them to explain to you what it is.
4. Request a photo of the parents UKC registration with the owners name in view. If the dog is not registered, scam or not, walk away from it.
5. Request photos of the puppy with the date on the picture.
6. Request pictures of the parents. And pictures of where the puppy is raised.
7. Ask what breed clubs they belong to. We have two: UAKKA and AKKAOA. If they say one or the other, then contact the club and ask if they are a member in good standing and living in whatever location they are advertising they live in.
8. Ask for references from other breeders. Then make sure those people check out too.