The Alaskan Klee Kai (pronounced ‘KLEE-ki’) means a small dog in an Eskimo dialect. Although they are a relatively new breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai has a rich history. They were developed between 1970 and 1988 in Wasilla, Alaska by Linda S. Spurlin. It is a crossbreed between the Alaskan huskies, Alaskan Huskies, American Eskimo, and Schipperke to get small size.
This race was named in 2002 which looked like an Alaskan Husky but not dwarf one. They are intelligent and extremely energetic because of their northern inheritance. Moreover, due to the characters of the Siberian Huskies, it was bred as companion dogs. Officially it was recognized by UKC (United Kennel Club) on 1st January 1997 and American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995. It is a rare breed with only 700 odd dogs around the planet.
Facts About Alaskan Klee Kai
|Coat||Soft to moderate|
|Breed Type||Mixed Breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Nordic, spitz|
|Height||13-17.5 inches (33-42 cm)|
|Weight||Toy: up to 9 pounds
Miniature: 10-15 pounds
Standard: 16-22 pounds
|Good with Children||No|
|Litter Size||1-3 puppies at a time|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||UKC, NKC, DRA, CKC, APRI, ARBA, ACR, ACA|
|Originated in||Alaska and Siberia|
- Toy type up to 13 inches
- Miniature type over 13 inches up to and including 15 inches
- Standard type over 15 inches up to and 17 inches
Temperament & Personality
The Alaskan Klee Kai puppies are intelligent, energetic, curious, agile, loyal, territorial and an active breed. They are highly trainable and excellent watchdogs, but their height precludes them from being guard dogs. The breed has a friendly nature with known ones but is usually people-shy and cautious around small children. They need their owner’s attention and are mostly found near their owner. It is highly recommended for the Alaskan Klee Kai owners to socialize with their pups, not only during puppyhood but also for the rest of their life. They tend to pick up the standard manners quickly than other dog breeds.
Every dog requires activity regularly, and Alaskan Klee Kai is no different. It needs to be taken on long walks daily for 20 to 40 minutes. It is better that they get an unfenced yard to play and run.
The Alaskan Klee Kai keeps grooming them up, so they lack odor and minimum grooming and rare a bath can be suitable for them. They are an average shedder, and they shed their fur twice a year. During coat-blowing season, frequent brushing is required to get rid of the loose hair. The dog’s coat keeps the temperature of the body cold and low, so they do not need trimming. However, cutting of nails and brushing their teeth is necessary.
As it is a new breed, it is difficult to point out the disease and problems However as per several types of research, they are likely to suffer from some health issues like thyroid disease, autoimmune thyroiditis, nutrition, factor VII deficiency, cardiac issues, patellar luxation, pyometra, juvenile cataracts, liver disease, and cryptorchidism.
The Alaskan Klee Kai can have a moderately easy practice because they are quick learners and intelligent breed. They have a high prey drive and should be trained as a puppy with affection and care. They should also be prepared to stay tolerant near children and regular socialization training as they are not that friendly with strangers. This breed tends to develop ‘small dog syndrome’ so it is necessary for them to know who is the owner.
Feed the Alaskan Klee Kai with dry kibble by keeping the bowl ready with food, if they want to chew in small quantities. But there should be a scheduled meal, mainly the breakfast. Serve them with canned foods or meatloaf sometimes, and raw meat like chicken (maybe uncut rib bone or feet) at least thrice a week. On rare ocassions offer them treats like cheddar, yogurt, 2% of cottage cheese, duct meat, sweet potatoes, and pan-fried hamburger meat. Foods that contain protein, fiber and fat are essential for this type of breed.
- A robust white-colored variety of Alaskan Klee Kai is also available, but they are rare
- Most of these dogs do not like wet feet
- The Alaska Klee Kai can be further classified into two types depending on their coat types- the fully-coated and the standard