Alaskan Klee Kai Puppies
Information, Behavior and More

The convenient size of Alaskan Klee Kai puppies makes them perfect for living in the home while conserving the strikingly appealing features of the Alaskan Husky, a larger dog used for sled racing.

If you want a dog that boasts Northern features but lack the space, then you may be interested in learning more about this appealing breed.

Whether you are thinking about buying a puppy or adopting an adult dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you or just want to learn more about this breed, I hope this article will help you find the answers to your questions.

Breed History

Also known as Klee Kai, Miniature Alaskan Husky and Mini Husky, Alaskan Klee Kai puppies were first developed in Alaska courtesy of Linda Spurlin and her family.

In the early 1970s Linda started selecting dogs that met her criteria for size, looks and soundness. Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Schipperke and American Eskimo dogs were then selectively bred for the purpose of creating smaller dogs. She called these dogs "Klee Kai", the Athabaskan words for "small dog".

Unlike all other Northern breeds which were developed as working dogs, Linda's main goal was to create a companion dog with Northern looks. In 1988 the first specimens were made available for others to appreciate. However, as of today, this breed still remains quite rare.

The breed has been registered with the American Rare Breed Association since 1995 and the United Kennel Club since 1997.

Physical Characteristics

The Alaskan Klee Kai dog breed was developed through miniaturization. In other words, this is a scaled-down version of the larger breed, the Alaskan Husky. There are currently three sizes available: toy, miniature and standard. The overall appearance of the Alaskan Klee Kai breed reflects its Northern heritage.

The body of the Alaskan Klee Kai is slightly longer than high. The neck is arched and carried proudly. The chest is moderately broad and leads to a well-sprung rib cage. The back is strong and should not present slack or an upward curve. The furry tail has a loose curl when the dog is alert or moving.

The forelegs in this breed are straight, with strong and flexible pasterns. The elbows are neither in nor out. The rear legs present moderately angulated at the stifle. The feet are oval, boasting thick pads with fur between the toes. Dewclaws are typically removed in this breed.

The well-proportionate head is somewhat broad and presents a moderate stop. The eyes are almond-shaped and acceptable in any color or color combination. The nose is preferred to be black; however, a "snow nose" is acceptable. Ears are erect, triangular and ready to capture the slightest sounds. The teeth in this breed meet in a scissor bite.

The double coat is long enough to provide a furry appearance that reflects this breed's Alaskan Husky heritage. A ruff is present around the neck and some specimens may boast some feathering on the rear of the front legs and hindquarters. The dense undercoat is soft, whereas, the guard hairs are straight but never harsh. As long as a distinct facial mask is present, all coat colors are accepted in this breed.

    Height Weight
  Male up to 13 inches (Toy) under 10 pounds
  13 to 15 inches (Miniature) 13 to 15 pound
  15 to 17 inches (Standard) 22 to 25 pounds
  Female up to 13 inches (Toy) under 10 pounds
  13 to 15 inches (Miniature) 13 to 15 pound
  15 to 17 inches (Standard) 22 to 25 pounds

Behavior and Temperament

Despite their size, Alaskan Klee Kai puppies can be a handful at times. They may easily become high strung if insufficient exercise and mental stimulation is provided. For this reason, they are not a breed for everyone.

While this breed can be friendly, it can also be aloof and reserved with strangers and in situations they are not familiar with. For this reason, socializing Alaskan Klee Kai puppies from an early age is very important. On the other hand, this breed's alertness makes them ideal watchdogs.

An Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will most likely get along with cats, as long as they were raised together from a young age. However, things may get more challenging if you adopt an older dog with high prey drive. It all ultimately boils down to individual temperament and the training.

With children, this breed tends to reflect the child's energy levels. If you have hyper children, your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will likely become hyper too. If your children are more laid back, then most likely you will see a calmer puppy too. As with other breeds, children need to learn how to treat dogs with respect to prevent defensive biting.

Alaskan Klee Kai training requires some patience, but with consistency and the use of rewards, your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will be eager to learn something new.

Best Owner and Living Conditions

The ideal Alaskan Klee Kai dog owner is a calm, confident individual capable of providing gentle, firm and consistent leadership.

While these dogs fit well in an apartment, they will be extra happy if they can be walked at least twice a day and are provided with a nice yard to romp around. Don't close your Klee Kai in the yard for too long though; Alaskan Klee Kais cherish being around their family.

Activity and Exercise

This is a breed that requires plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. Due to their high levels of intelligence, they can easily get bored, which can potentially lead to troublesome behaviors such as chewing, excessive barking and digging for fun or to escape.

Your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy needs his daily dose of exercise and socialization with the outdoor world. Walking is a must, not an option, with this breed. For this reason, a large yard is not a substitute for daily walks. If you are into doggie sports, you will be happy to learn that this breed excels in the sport of dog agility.

Grooming Alaskan Klee Kai Puppies and Dogs

As with many other Northern breeds, Alaskan Klee Kais tend to shed, and quite a lot. However, being smaller than other Northern breeds seems to make things a bit more manageable.

Expect the worst to happen twice a year when this breed blows its coat. Frequent brushing will help capture a good amount of stray hairs so that you will see less of it around the home.

Health Concerns

While generally healthy, there are some health disorders in the Alaskan Klee Kai dog that conscientious breeders are trying to weed out. Heart murmurs, juvenile cataracts, liver shunts, cleft palates, luxating patellas and predisposition for chriptorchidism are a few health disorders seen in this breed.

If you are interested in Alaskan Klee Kai puppies, you must look for a reputable Alaskan Klee Kai breeder who provides proof of health testing and health guarantees.

Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases and health care.

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Life Expectancy

Since the Alaskan Klee Kai is a very young breed, it's hard to predict its life expectancy. Based on other breeds of the same size and what we have seen so far, 12 to 15 years is a good estimate.

Final Thoughts...

Interested in Alaskan Klee Kai puppies? This breed is still relatively rare and there are often long waiting lists. The wait, however, is well worth it; Alaskan Klee Kai puppies are docile companions that bring lots of happiness to their owner's lives. If you have what it takes to make this breed happy, then you will be blessed with a wonderful companion!

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Alaskan Klee Kai rescue and adoption center. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

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