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Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Klee Kais are equally as stunning in appearance as their Alaskan Husky relatives, however, these solely companion dogs are less high strung/hyper and less friendly towards strangers. They tend to remain reserved, suspicious or even a bit shy, but this also makes them decent watch dogs. Though they are calmer than the larger Husky dogs, they are still highly active and make great playmates for kids that are steady on their feet and respectful of their pets. Those looking for a breed that loves interaction will be pleased with the AKK as they are often said to be wherever you are– they even make good partners for light exercise.
Most Alaskan Klee Kai information is in agreement that these are smart dogs that train pretty easily. Of course, with any pack dog the key is to keep you calm, be consistent and firm– especially resist the urge to treat these small puppies as babies as this encourages Small Dog Syndrome. This breed is naturally agile and also excels in agility training. Early training will nip any excessive barking, jumping, nipping behaviors in the bud, and early socialization will help them become less stranger shy and more likely to leave the cats alone.
Finally, exercise is an important part of keeping your Mini Husky healthy, with less anxiety and boredom. Although they are indoor dogs and a yard is not required, at least 45 minutes or more of daily exercise is. Long walks, short hikes, agility training, games with toys and trips to the dog park are all good ideas for this breed.
Essentially, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky and are certainly in the small dog category. They have thick double coats that can be a variety of colors but must include a dark mask. They have medium-sized “prick” ears that stand erect atop the head. Klee Kais can have blue eyes or brown eyes.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is often referred to as the “Mini Husky”. They do stay small and even a fully grown individual will not weigh more than 20 pounds. They vary mostly in coat color and size. All coat colors are acceptable as long as there is contrast within the coat as well as a dark mask. There are 3 size types for this breed: Toys are up to 13 inches, Minis are 13-15 inches, and Standards are 15-17.
The Alaskan Klee Kai temperament with their “pack” is active, attention-loving, clever and amusing. However, they are also alert and make good watchdogs due to the fact they usually remain reserved around strangers. These dogs are easier to train than Huskies provided you can be calm, consistent and firm; if left untrained they may develop nuisance behaviors such as excessive barking, digging, escaping fences and even Small Dog Syndrome. AKKs are should not live outdoors– they enjoy the company of their owner/family and will like to be wherever you are.
The playful personality of the Klee Kai make them suitable family companions. They do well with other dogs, most of the time, but need early socialization to live peacefully with cats. Typically, Klee Kais retain prey drive towards other small, non canine pets. Note, unless bored or alerting you, these dogs aren’t typically barkers; they do vocalize and make sounds to communicate with their owner sometimes.
This breed makes for a good family companion because they thrive on being part of a “pack”. Due to their high energy level, baby Alaskan Klee Kais should be trained early to not jump or nip. This breed would be a good match for a family with kids that are steady on their feet (out of the toddler stage) that can be taught how to respectfully handle a pet.
The average lifespan of this dog breed is about 10 to 13 years. Although the Alaskan Klee Kai is generally free of genetic issues, some health conditions linked to this breed include juvenile cataracts, liver disease, factor VII deficiency, pyometra, patellar luxation, cryptorchidism, cardiac issues, and thyroid diseases.
The breed was developed in Wasilla, Alaska, from the early 1970s to 1988 by Linda S. Spurlin and her family. The breed was developed with Siberian Husky and Alaskan Huskies, using Schipperke and American Eskimo Dog to bring down the size without dwarfism. She bred these dogs in private until she released them to the general public in 1988. Originally called the Klee Kai, the breed split into Alaskan Klee Kai and Klee Kai for political reasons in 1995. The breed consolidated as its current name in 2002.
Though a relatively new breed they have a rich history. They are extremely energetic and intelligent, and their northern heritage is evident in their appearance. In contrast to Siberian Huskies, which were originally bred as sled dogs, the Alaskan Klee Kai were bred as companion dogs. The Alaskan Klee Kai was officially recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1997.
AKK, Klee Kai, Miniature Alaskan Husky, Mini Husky
Northern Breed (UKC)
13-17.5 inches (33-42 cm)
10-23 pounds (4.3-10 kg)
Black & White
Red & White
Gray & White
Average $1500 – $2000 USD
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