Questions to ask a Breeder your considering buying from:
1. How long have they been breeding Alaskan Klee Kai?
2. How many dogs do they have total? how many breeding dogs?
3. Where are their dogs kept?
4. What is their dogs daily routine?
5. What do they do to ensure all their dogs get adequate attention?
6. Where are the puppies raised? How many litters do they have currently? How many puppies do they still have from past litters?
7. Ask to see pictures of the parents and their registrations. You want to be sure the dogs are actually registered and actually belong to the person selling them.
8. Ask to know the parents weak points and strong points as well as the puppies. Really your just checking to see how well they know their dogs and how honest they are.
9. What is Factor VII, and what is the Factor VII status of the puppy and its parents? A good breeder will take the time to explain to do you what this condition is, what the status of their dogs are, how it will effect you and your dog, and should be willing to provide proof and information to back up what they are telling you. If they do not seem knowledgeable about this PASS.
10. How old is the mother? Less than 18 months, or less than two heats, she is not physically or emotionally mature enough to be bred; and over 8 years is too old.
11. How often do they breed their female? The long accepted response to this question would have been “not more than once a year,” however, there is much debate in the dog world today on this subject. Some Canine Reproduction Specialists suggest that once a bitch is mature and as long as she is in good health, it is better to breed her every heat cycle and spay her at a younger age.
12. Are both parents UKC registered (Ask to see copies of the pedigrees) and what Health Tests did they have to pass before being bred? In this breed the standard tests done before breeding are OFA Cardiac, Patella, and Thyroid, with an CERF Eye Exam. As well as a Physical Exam by a vet that includes full blood work. They should be willing to send you proof of these tests and the results upon request.
13. How many other breeds do they work with? Preferably they only breed Alaskan Klee Kai. Two breeds is still acceptable. Anymore than this is a breeder I would avoid.
14. What are the most significant health issues with the Alaskan klee Kai? If the breeder says none, pass! A breeder that admits to you there are problems in a breed, and that they themselves have run into at least ONE of these problems is being honest with you. No breed is free of health issues or genetic defects.
15. Are the puppies UKC registered (also applicable to breeders outside the United States)? If not, pass! (Pure white puppies cannot be registered at this time)
16. Are they a member of the one of the AKK breed clubs: Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America (AKKAOA) (also applicable to breeders outside the United States) or a Local All Breed Club? Some breeders choose not be associated with one of the Alaskan Klee Kai Breed Clubs due to politics and does not mean they are not a good breeder. What your looking for is that they are someone active in the dog world and not just out to make money. Membership in a All Breed Club and/or being active with conformation, agility, therapy work, weight pull, ect would also prove that they are. If they are a member of a club, contact the club to find out if they are on any committees or if they support club functions.
17. Where and from who did they get their Alaskan Klee Kai from? If they can't give you this information something is wrong!
18. Do they have an agreement to take or buy the dog back, should this ever become necessary? Will they put it in writing? Dogs purchased from responsible breeders come with health guarantees and return policies, the latter often covering the lifetime of the dog.
19. What temperament problems are common with the breed? How easy are they to train and housebreak?
20. Do the puppies have current documented shots? Have they been examined by a vet? Pass on a breeder who cannot furnish health records or doesn't have the pups vet checked prior to sale!
21. Are the puppies wormed? If so, how often? It is common practice for puppies to be dewormed at least 3 times by 8 weeks of age regardless of whether parasites are present or not.
22. What type of contract, conditions or guarantees are involved in the sale of the puppy? Ask to review any contracts, conditions or guarantees prior to committing a deposit.
23. Do they require a deposit to be added to a Waiting List? If yes, ask to review a copy of the Deposit Contract. Is the Deposit refundable? If yes, under what conditions? Is any portion of the deposit retained as a processing fee in the event of cancellation?
24. Do they provide a written health guarantee? If so, what type? If not or less than 1 year, PASS! It doesn't ensure that a pup will be problem free, but it does mean that the breeder has confidence in the health of their dogs.
25. Can they give you at least 2 references of other breeders who will vouch for them? Can they give you at least 2 references of someone who acquired one of their puppies in the past? The references should have dogs that are at least one year of age. References are useless if you don’t contact them!
26. At what age will they let their AKK pups go? If it’s less than 8 weeks, PASS! Do yourself a BIG favor and search for a breeder who has the puppies' best interests as their main priorities.
27. Do their puppies come microchipped? And is this included in the sales price? It is common for breeders who truly care about their puppies to provide this service to the new owners. This helps ensure that their puppy will not end up in a shelter should it become separated from its owners.
28. Are the pups hand-raised in their home? If not, PASS! Consistent human contact and common household sounds are needed for a well-socialized pup.
29. Will the breeder ship puppies? There are some breeders who will not ship pups; are you willing to travel the distance to pick your puppy up in person?
30. What kind of food are the puppies and parents on? The answer should be a premium brand, something not available at the supermarket or Walmart.
31. Was the breeder responsive to openly discuss these concerns, or seem ignorant of them, or defensive, offended, etc.? A good breeder will always be open to answering your questions and will never discourage you from asking. In fact, most of the time they will encourage you too. You should feel comfortable and welcome to discuss any issue with them and should receive a cooperative response. If they are hard to pin down about details look for a different breeder.