The Alaskan Klee Kai is a Spitz-type dog breed. It was developed into a companion dog similar to the large Alaskan Malamute in the late 20th century. This is an energetic, intelligent dog whose appearance reflects its northern traditions. Also, It was reproduced into three sizes, the adult weight is between 5 and 22 pounds.
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History of the Alaskan Klee Kai
The name Klee Kai comes from an Inuit and means “little dog”. This breed was originally developed by Linda Spurlin in Wasilla, Alaska in the 1970s. After seeing a small version of the Siberian Husky in Oklahoma, she wanted to create a small husky that could be a companion dog. That is to say, when she returned to Alaska, she started creating the Alaskan Klee Kai breed.
This breed was created using Alaskan Malamutes, a few Siberian Huskies, a few American Eskimo Dogs, and some Schipperkes. Further, Spurlin’s “hardcore method” may be harsh for some people because she “used the best and cut out the rest” to create the breed. And, they look a lot like a mini husky.
As a relatively new breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai breed has not been recognized as a purebred dog by some kennel clubs including the American Kennel Club. However, the breed has been recognized by the American Rare Breeds Association since 1995 and since 1997 Recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Sizes of the Alaskan Klee Kai
- Toy – Toy Alaskan Klee Kai can be up to 13 inches tall and weigh 10-13 pounds on average.
- Mini – Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai can be 13 to 15 inches tall and weigh 15 to 18 pounds on average.
- Standard – The standard size Alaskan Klee kai can be 15-17 inches tall. However, 17-17.5 inches is still considered the standard size Alaskan Klee kai, but this is a drawback. And, their average weight is 17-23 pounds.
Alaskan Klee Kai come in four colors:
Red and white, Black and white, gray and Fully white.
Each color has subdivisions, such as wolf gray and silver gray, cinnamon red and dark red, black and white. And, salt and pepper black and white.
Alaskan Klee Kai is a breed that tends to be curious, agile, and intelligent. They are so smart that they become stubborn, which is could be an unwelcome trait. They are good at agility, even if they are puppies, their bones are very strong and can withstand high jumps. The small body is conducive to agility training, allowing them to move easily and gracefully. They like to be the center of attention of their family. However, they also speak out when their needs are not met. Although they are usually calm they will bark and grumble to express their discomfort, and they will become sensitive.
The Alaskan Klee Kai are good at accepting basic orders and may even be among the best in compare to other dog’s breed. They are eager to please and they are have a lot of motivation when you using treats during training. Also, they have the ability to receive agility training, which can help them consume some high energy throughout the day. Once they have at least good long-distance walks they are usually mellow and calm at home. However, ignoring their exercise needs, they may become bored, anxious, and destructive. Be careful when you walking them because they have a high prey drive. And, if they see wild animals, they may try to chase them.
For the most part, the Alaskan Klee kai is healthy breed with few genetic problems. However, the owner should be aware that this breed is susceptible to certain diseases that deserve attention. Such as, pat bone dislocation, thyroid disease, heart disease, liver shunt, factor VII deficiency and cataracts. Also, they may also retain deciduous teeth, which can cause problems as adult teeth grow. You may need to remove these teeth for them with a veterinarian.
How to Care for an Alaskan Klee Kai
When it comes to Alaskan Klee Kai nursing, it is important to ensure that their exercise needs are met. That is to say, if they don’t have an outlet to burn energy, they may become nervous and anxious. That becomes more intense when dog owners are leaving them at home alone. That is to say, we recommend using a Thunder Vest for Dogs that could help a lot with Separation Anxiety. Like any other dog breed, you will need to brush their teeth, clip their nails, and clean their ears regularly. You should ask your veterinarian about the specific needs of the dog.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a high-energy dog and needs a diet to replenish energy throughout the day. Their energetic nature makes their potential to gain weight quite low. However, they need to maintain proper nutrition to stay healthy. You should consult your veterinarian or professional dietitian to understand how to meet your AKK’s personal dietary needs.
The Alaskan Klee Kai’s coat can be standard coatings or full coatings. Both are double coats, which means a short, soft inner coat. And, a longer and rougher outer coat to protect the dog from extreme weather.
Unlike many other dog breeds, the AKK does not usually emit the smell of a dog so they may not need to bathe as frequently as some other dogs. Also, You may need to brush them regularly during the coat drying season before summer and winter. During this time, they tend to shed a lot. And, the rest of the time they still shed but only moderately.
Interaction with Children and Other Pets
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a family dog who loves other family dogs and children as well. However, their interaction with children needs to be handle carefully because they are small dogs. That is to say, children could easily upset or injure them. Dog Owners should always supervise children when they are playing with them.
Alaskan Klee Kais are usually good with other dog breeds, especially if they have been socialized early on. Though, they have a high prey drive. That is to say, they might not be a good suit for homes that have smaller pets, unless they are dog owners train the Alaskan klee kais to live with them.