ALASKAN KLEE KAI

History

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 Husky, American Eskimo, and Schipperke to get a small breed.

This race was named in 2002 which looked like an Alaskan Husky but a 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.

Varieties

  • Toy Alaskan Klee Kai up to 13 inches
  • Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai over 13 inches up to and including 15 inches
  • Standard Alaskan Klee Kai over 15 inches up to and 17 inches

Interesting Information

  • 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

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.

Alaskan Klee Kai Characteristics

Adaptability To Apartment Living
Good for 1st Time Owners
Sensitivity
Tolerance Levels
Affection towards Family
Kid Friendliness
Stranger Friendliness
Ease of Grooming
General Health
Trainability
Prey Drive
Exercise Needs
Energy Level

Care

Exercise

Every dog requires regular acitvity, and Alaskan Klee Kai is no different. It needs to be taken on long walks for 20 to 40 minutes. It is better that they get an unfenced yard to play and run.

Grooming

The Alaskan Klee Kai keeps grooming them up, so they lack odor and minimum grooming and rarely 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.

Health Problems

As it is a new breed, it is difficult to point out the disease and problems 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.

Training

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 require 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.

Feeding

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.

Alaskan Klee Kai Facts

Alaskan Klee Kai

Breed Type:

Characteristics:

Other Names:

Klee Kai, AKK, Miniature Alaskan Husky, Mini Husky

Height & Weight:

13-17.5 inches (33-42 cm) & Toy: up to 9 pounds Miniature: 10-15 pounds Standard: 16-22 pounds

Color:

White, Black and white, Red and white ,Grey and white

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:

UKC, NKC, DRA, CKC, APRI, ARBA, ACR, ACA

Shedding:

Low Shedding

Hypoallergenic:

No

Average Litter Size:

1-3 puppies at a time

Lifespan:

12-16 years

Coat:

Soft to moderate

Price:

$1000-$1500

Origin:

United States of America,[North America]

Adaptability To Apartment Living
Good for 1st Time Owners
Sensitivity
Tolerance Levels
Affection towards Family
Kid Friendliness
Stranger Friendliness
Ease of Grooming
General Health
Trainability
Prey Drive
Exercise Needs
Energy Level
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