The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new and a rare breed. It is referred as a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky. The physical characteristics of the dog include a wedge-shaped head and a striking masked face. The overall length of the body is slightly longer than its height. It has got a furry tail which curls upwards and rests on the back. Its facial mask is the dog's most distinctive feature, and its contrasting colors make it more visible. The Alaskan Klee Kai is an incredibly curious, lovable, loyal, quick and agile dog. Its loyal and alert nature makes it an excellent watchdog. They are extremely attached to its master and its family members and are reserved for strangers.
Klee Kai Varieties
Klee Kai Variety Types
The Alaskan Klee Kai has three variations:
The Toy Alaskan Klee Kai Type (up to and including 33 cm),
The Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai Type (Over 33 cm or above and including 38 cm),
The Standard Alaskan Klee Kai Type (Over 38 cm or above and including 43 cm).
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History of Alaskan Klee Kai Dog
This breed was personally developed by a lady named Linda Spurlin and her family in Wasilla in the year 1970 in Alaska. It was done by crossing Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky, with Schipperke and American Eskimo Dog to bring down its size without causing dwarfism. The dog was initially bred privately and was known to the public in 1988. Initially, the dog was identified by the name of Klee Kai.
The breed was divided into Alaskan Klee Kai and Klee Kai for political reasons in 1995. It was in the year 2002 the breed got the name by which it is currently known. It reflects their northern heritage distinctly and has the same energy and intelligence level of its parent breeds. The Alaskan Klee Kai got its official recognition from American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and on January 1, it was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC).
These are highly intelligent and agile dogs. These dogs are a bit inquisitive in nature and bonds well with their master and the other family members. They are cautious towards strangers and are good with children. They can be a bit noisy at times. Its all-time alert nature makes it an excellent watchdog. Alaskan Klee Kai craves for attention from humans and would not hesitate to express you about its dislike for anything.
The Alaskan Klee Kai requires moderate exercise regime which includes regular long walks. The dogs can do well in apartment living conditions. Let the dogs out in an open fenced yard for running and playing on their own regularly.
The Alaskan Klee Kais are naturally clean dogs and require a minimum amount of grooming. They keep grooming themselves which eliminates the dog odor from their body. They don't need regular bathing. Shedding is average in these dogs. Daily brushing is enough to keep them clean. Do not take them out in a hot climate and try to keep them in a cool and dry place.
It is a new breed, and not much data is available about their health problems and other genetic issues. Some dogs may face common health issues like juvenile cataracts, factor VII deficiency, thyroid disease, ophthalmology and cardiac conditions. 'Hydrocephalus' which is caused by small-size breeding have resulted in the death of some puppies recently.
|Coat||Soft to moderate|
|Color||White combining with red, black or gray|
|Breed Type||Mixed breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Spitz, Nordic|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Weight||Toy: up to 9 pounds
Miniature: 10 – 15 pounds
Standard: 16 – 22 pounds
|Height (size)||Small to Medium;
Toy: up to 13 inches
Miniature: 13 – 15 inches
Standard: 15 – 17 inches
|Temperament||Intelligent, curious, active, agile|
|Good with Child||No|
|Litters||1-3 puppies at a time|
|Health Concerns||Yet uncertain|
|Competitive Registration||APRI, ACR, DRA, UKC, ARBA, CKC, NKC|
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The Alaskan Klee Kai dogs have an inherent hunting instinct with a strong prey drive. Their training should start from puppyhood itself, or they get the habit of chasing and preying on smaller pets like birds, cats, and rabbits. Keep the training session consistent and positive. They are a bit anxious towards strangers. It will be better to start their socialization training early. Teach dogs to be gentle and tolerant with kids.
You can give the dogs high-quality dry kibble food. Keep the bowl ready and give them a small amount of food to munch on intermediately. Maintain a schedule of their meal. You can at times include food items like meatloaf or canned food in the dog's meal. You can feed them raw meat like chicken pieces two to three times a week. The other things you can serve them as a treat are 2% cottage cheese, yogurt, sweet potatoes, shredded cheddar, 2% cottage cheese and on few occasions pan-fried hamburger meat. Include those foods which have a good amount of protein, fat, and fiber which are necessary for the dog's physical growth and wellbeing.
Most of the dogs dislike wet feet.
The Alaskan Klee Kai dogs can be classified into two more categories depending on their coat type which is standard and the full-coated.
A rare full white Alaskan Klee Kai is available too.
This breed got recognition from the United Kennel Club after disqualifying it in the beginning.
Alaskan Klee Kai Price
Buying an Alaskan Klee Kai from a reputed breeder can cost you roughly around $1800-$3000, depending on the puppy.
Alaskan Klee Kai Rescue
You can adopt a dog from Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue too which is totally dedicated to the rescue of this breed. The only thing is that this breed is rare and hardly comes as rescued.