History of Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new breed that was developed between 1970 and 1988 in Wasilla, Alaska by Linda S. Spurlin. It is a crossbreed between the Alaskan Husky, American Eskimo, and Schipperke to get a small breed. The name 'Klee Kai' means a small dog in an Eskimo dialect. In 1995, it was recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), and in 1997, it was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Varieties of Alaskan Klee Kai
There are three varieties of Alaskan Klee Kai based on their size: Toy (up to 13 inches), Miniature (over 13 inches up to and including 15 inches), and Standard (over 15 inches up to 17 inches). Additionally, there are two types depending on their coat types: fully-coated and standard. While a robust white Alaskan Klee Kai is available, they are rare.
- A robust white Alaskan Klee Kai is also available, but they are rare
- Most of these dogs do not like wet feet
- They can be further classified into two types depending on their coat types- the fully-coated and the standard
Temperament & Personality
Alaskan Klee Kai puppies are intelligent, energetic, curious, agile, loyal, territorial, and an active breed. They are highly trainable and make excellent watchdogs. However, 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. Socializing with their pups is highly recommended not only during puppyhood but also for the rest of their life. They tend to pick up standard manners quickly compared to other dog breeds.
Exercise is crucial for Alaskan Klee Kai, and they need to be taken on long walks for 20 to 40 minutes. They need an unfenced yard to play and run.
Grooming is minimal and rarely needs a bath. They shed their fur twice a year, so during coat-blowing season, frequent brushing is required to get rid of the loose hair. They require regular trimming of nails and brushing their teeth.
As a new breed, it is difficult to point out the specific health problems they might encounter. However, they are likely to suffer from some health issues like thyroid, autoimmune thyroiditis, nutrition, factor VII deficiency, cardiac issues, patellar luxation, pyometra, juvenile cataracts, liver disease, and cryptorchidism.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is intelligent and has a high prey drive, making it easy to train. However, they require regular socialization training and should be tolerant of children. They tend to develop 'small dog syndrome,' so it is necessary to establish who is the owner.
Alaskan Klee Kai should be fed dry kibble for scheduled meals. Treats like cheddar, yogurt, 2% of cottage cheese, duct meat, sweet potatoes, and pan-fried hamburger meat can be offered on rare occasions. Protein, fiber, and fat-rich foods are essential for this type of breed. Raw meat like chicken (maybe uncut rib bone or feet) can be served at least thrice a week.