|Barked: Fri Feb 4, '11 8:37pm PST |
|Misha has posted some great info, figured I'd go ahead & post my answers too. You can never have enough info when it comes to a new breed
I own a Shiba Inu and i'm that is 8 months old now. She is so well behaved and easy to care for (if you play with her enough) that i decided to get her a buddy dog once shes over one year old, and i've been doing some research. First we were sure we would get another Shiba, but a black and tan one, but now we're thinking maybe get another breed? My girlfriend wanted a french bulldog or something, but i think we need another breed that is clean and primitive and odorless like the Shiba. So I have a few questions
- I live in Brazil. Would a klee kai suffer living in a warm environment 12 months a year?
Totally agree with Misha, they are a pretty resilient little breed, BUT they are bred down huskies so they need to be able to come into to a cool area.
- Do they make alot of noise?
Yes, they are a very talkative breed. They will talk when nervous, excited, angry, happy anything they will talk to you & they will talk loudly Sorta like the Shiba scream, Esme is the master of it, haven't heard Sizzle yet but we just brought her home today.
- Can they live in an apartment? (its crazy how little space a Shiba needs and how much they sleep. Is the klee kai like that at all?)
The klee kai can definatly live in an apartment, they can do with little exercise or lots of exercise. With Esme & Sizzle, they are pretty hyper Klee Kai but all aren't like that. I would think they could stick with a Shiba although I don't know much about them.
- Do their different sizes make a difference in how they are shaped/look?
I wouldn't say the sizes make a difference but they can look differently, take a look at Sizzle & E. Sizzle has a lot longer of a muzzle and her ears are different, she is also a lot more petite than Esme, but it has to do with their parents etc. Misha is right you can get all colors, sizes, eye colors in the same litter & there is no guarantee that you will get a size or color in a certain litter. Sizzle's sister, Dreama, is a Mini & Sizzle is a small red, blue eyed toy which is EXTREMELY rare.
Another thing to think about when getting a klee kai is they need INTENSE socialization for their entire lives, but especially when they are puppies. They are prone to shyness so it takes lots of work. Also they are a pretty new breed, been around since about the 70s if I recall correctly, so most breeders are pretty cautious about who they give them too & you will most likely be put on a waiting list. Red AKKs are RARE, period. I NEVER thought I would get one because they were so rare, lots of breeders are working on the genetics so they can get more(my breeder included she has had 3 reds in the past year) but most of the time they are used as breeding dogs to try and make more reds, or sold to show homes. I think the best thing to do is find a breeder that you like & talk to them, LOTS. I talked to Sherry(my breeder for a YEAR before bringing Esme home & she got to know me so well that I didnt end up on her waiting list & I was offered Sizzle before anyone else) it pays off to talk to them a lot. My breeder does NOT ship her puppies, I think most other breeders will, not very sure on that though.
Hope I helped you a little bit & good luck in your quest for your next pup
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