The Alaskan Klee Kai is not a very well known dog.
However, the popularity of this dog has been on the rise because of some of the great traits that dog lovers have seen in him.
This ball if fluff has been owned by some celebrities recently including musician Joe Jones, actress Sophie Turner and even Bill Belichick.
He is a dog that has the Siberian Husky looks but requires less from you when it comes to exercise needs.
Just imagine a more manageable version of the Siberian Husky but with the same handsome looks that we all love and adore.
I am not trying to insinuate that taking care of this pooch is way easy but when you compare the work you need to do for the Husky this is a better trade-off.
You may also confuse this dog with the Pomsky that is a mixed dog.
There is a lot that you might not know about this canine friend and if you are looking to learn more then you have come to the right place.
In this article, we are going to look at all that pertains to the Alaskan Klee Kai. From how he looks, how he behaves, and how you as an owner can best take care of him. We are also going to look into the steps that you need to take when you are doing a purchase.
Let us get right into it.
About the Alaskan Klee kai
This is a pooch that comes in different size ranges and colors that you can choose from. (more on that later)
The Alaskan Klee Kai is still a relatively rare dog breed that belongs to the Spitz family. Spitz family dogs are doggos that closely resemble wolfs.
If you are looking for a companion canine that is similar to the Siberian Husky he is the dog for you.
He might be smaller but his personality is just as big coupled with being energetic and incredibly smart.
They may have some key differences like the most notable one being their difference in size. There also some temperamental differences that you are going to see later in this article.
You can also refer to them as Klee Kai or even choose an Indian nickname for them.
Klee Kai means a ‘small dog’ and is a word that comes from the Eskimos.
Registration and recognition
The Alaskan Klee Kai is considered to be a purebred dog as far as the breed standards go.
He is recognized and registered by both the American Kennel Club and the UK Kennel Club.
And just for you to know how rare this dog is, since 1995 he has been registered as a member of the American Rare breed Association.
So if you love the Husky and are lucky enough to get your hands on one of these dogs, do not waste that chance.
General Appearance and characteristics of the Alaskan Klee Kai
|Alaskan Klee Kai summary table|
|Height||Both the males and the females have almost the same average height of between 10 to 17 inches|
|Weight||8 to 23 pounds for both the females and the males|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years depending on how healthy the pooch is|
|Purpose||companion and family dog|
|Suitable For||owners that have experience in dog handling|
|Grooming requirements||moderate grooming|
|Color Variations||White, black, red, grey|
|Health concerns||cardiac issues, juvenile cataracts, patellar luxation, and even thyroid diseases|
|Temperament||friendly, loving, intelligent, active, alert, loyal and sometimes independent|
|Other Names||Klee Kai or small dog|
Generally, these dogs are medium-sized.
The Alaskan Klee Kai come in three different size ranges:
- Standard Klee is anywhere between 15 to 17 inches tall.
- The Miniature types that stand at a height of between 13 to 15 inches.
- Toy Alaskans are up to 13 inches tall.
There are also three weight classes of the Klee Kais but you can get all of them in one litter. They can weigh anywhere from 10 to 40 pounds.
Handsome physical appearance
One of the most notable features that the Alaskan Klee Kai has is a face mask. What this means is that they have darker bodies but their faces may be white and are one of the traits that you should look for if you want to spot one.
And just like the rest of his Spitz cousins, he has a curly tail that lies on his back.
Like the Siberian Husky, the Klee Kai you get will most likely have heterochromia or in simpler eys that have different colors.
The most common eye colors brown and blue.
Coat appearance and shedding
The Klee Kai is just a ball of fluff.
He has a soft, thick, and fluffy double coat that you can just enjoy touching all-day. The appearance of this coat is just so beautiful it could melt even the coldest of hearts.
They have a soft undercoat and a coarser outer coat and one that keeps this dog weather-proof.
And just like we mentioned this is a smaller Husky version but just fluffier.
However, for the part that most of us do not like so much, this dog sheds throughout the year. He also blows out his coat twice every year and you may begin to wonder how he can produce that much fur.
You may need to equip yourself with a proper vacuum dryer one that can help you deal with the excess fur that may be in your car, house, and furniture.
During the heavy shedding season, you might also want to restrict your Alaskan Klee Kai from some parts of your house like the kitchen and your bedroom.
Klee Kais has four main colors:
The ones that are solid white exist but the solid white color is not recognized.
Temperament and personality traits
These are intelligent, loyal and family devoted pooches.
They may be recognized as working dogs but they do not have the same drive to work as the Siberian Husky. If you are going to get this dog it should because you want to keep him as a companion but not to make him work.
This is a dog that will take any chance that he gets to hug you and to cuddle. Do not be selfish and just give him a rub in the belly when he asks for it.
He is also energetic and active and will need an owner that can match his level of energy.
If you are not that much of an active person you might need to consider another dog breed like the Cavapoo.
They may be aloof around the stranger and this is where socialization comes in handy. This skittish behavior around strangers is not one that you see in Huskies and another difference that the two have.
Their alertness and intelligence can make them great watchdogs and will make sure when they hear strange noises or movement outside.
Some Alaska Klee Kais have also been known to be masters at escaping and if you are with him off-leash in your yard you should make sure that it is well fenced.
How do these dogs fare with families
If you do not have a house with unlimited space or with a yard the Alaskan Klee Kai is the perfect family pet for you.
He is also a great pet for you if you are living in an apartment but may annoy your neighbors because of how vocal he can be.
Once this dog gets used to you he gets emotionally attached and the amount of attention that he gives you is just amazing.
If you love cuddles and lots of hugs then you should have no problem with the Klee Kai.
And if you have children in the house you should always make sure that their play is supervised. If he feels provoked he may end up biting or nipping the kids.
Your children should be shown how to handle and interact with dogs to avoid having any issues.
Klee kai has a strong prey drive and may not be suited for houses that have other small pets like cats, hamsters or rabbits.
He is yappy
This dog is known to howl making that ‘woo hoo’ noise when they are relaxed. They may also be vocal when they are trying to talk to you. It is just a sign to show you when they are comfortable and happy.
This may not be a problem for you but maybe an issue for your neighbors especially if you are living in an apartment setting.
These dogs hardly bark but only do so when they spot a stranger or they hear strange noises and movements.
Where did the Alaskan Klee Kai come from
He was developed in Alaska as you may have already told from his name.
Linda Spurlin was the one that was responsible for his creation with the help of her family. She wanted to create a dog that looked like the Husky but with fewer exercise requirements.
Linda crossed the Siberian and the Alaskan Huskies with the American Eskimo Dog to breed the Alaskan Klee Kai. This is where he got his spitz like looks.
By doing this Spurlin created a dog that was much smaller without using selective breeding or introducing the dwarfism genes.
Right now the only way that you can breed an Alaskan Klee Kai is by breeding two of them.
She said that she got the name Klee Kai from the Eskimos which means the small or little dog.
It did not take long for this dog to start appearing in dog shows after the recognition.
Originally this dog was just called Klee Kai but was later changed to Alaskan Klee kai to avoid any political conflicts in 1995.
This is the same year that the American Rare Breed association recognized this dog followed by the UKC in 1997.
Klee Kai puppies
These pooches have litters of between 1 to 5 puppies but you may struggle to come across a breeder that can get you one.
However, you stay away from any breeder that tries to sell you one of these puppies on the context that they are.
The average price to get one of these pups could be anywhere between $1500 and $ 3000. But the price will depend on the location where you get the pup and the breeder.
One of the reasons that these puppies are so expensive is because there are only a few recognized breeders. Also, most of these breeders usually have a waiting list of dog lovers that are looking to get their hands on one of them.
Puppies from show and conformation lines may be more expensive than the rest.
You should avoid puppy mills and online puppy sellers.
Adoption may be the best option for you if you are looking for a better price and you can check the Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue as you may just be lucky enough.
You can also check the adoption center that is in your area.
How long do pups take to mature?
Alaskan Klee Kai pups take about 18 months to be fully grown.
However, it may be a bit difficult to exactly estimate how long your puppy is going to take to reach adulthood because there are three different recognized sizes.
At about 6 months most of these doggos could weigh less than 10 pounds. It is at this phase where they go through a weird transition where their legs become skinny and long but without gaining much weight.
Eventually, they become less skinny and fill out.
Frequently asked questions
Do Klee kai bark a lot?
No, these canine balls of fluff do not bark much but rather howl when they are happy. They may only bark when they spot a stranger or hear some movement or noise at the back of your house.
What is the cost of getting a puppy?
The price of the puppy will depend on the breeder and the location where you get him.
Generally, they could cost anywhere from $1500 to $3000 for a single pup. This is because of how rare they are.
Are Alaskan Klee Kais good pets?
Yes, they are good family pets and companions. But if you have any small kids in the house you should always make sure that their play is supervised to avoid any incidences.
There are also good watchdogs because of how alert they are.
Grooming an Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a pooch that has moderate grooming needs.
This is because it is one of the main intentions for their breeding and so taking care of their coats should be fairly easy.
They are also known to be self-grooming just like felines.
You are probably not lucky is you think that dealing with the amount of shedding that this doggo has is an easy task.
You may be required to brush the coat twice weekly. However, during the heavy shedding seasons, you should brush the coat twice in a week to remove any dead hair. A vacuum cleaner can also be important to get rid of the hair that has already been shed.
Do not look at grooming as something that is not enjoyable because it is also a great chance where you and your doggie get to bond and become closer. And who wouldn’t want a dog that always has a shiny coat?
You should strive to make sure that grooming is a positive experience for your pooch and make him get used to it.
Frequent baths may not be necessary because he is a self-grooming dog and bathing your doggo too many times could strip the coat of essential oils and cause the skin to dry out.
Apart from taking care of the coat check and clean the years from time to time to prevent the dog from getting infections and checking for any chances that he may have any.
The nails will also need to be trimmed when they get long and brush their teeth.
Visiting a professional groomer two or three times every year may come in very handy for some tasks that you may not be able to undertake all by yourself.
How much food does he need?
Around one cup of high quality, dry food will be good for the Alaskan Klee Kai daily.
The meals should be divided into meals, one in the morning and the other in the evening.
This may vary depending on several factors like:
- How active your pooch is
Larger and more active dogs need to eat more to satisfy their energy levels.
A good way to know how much you should feed your pooch is by using 30 calories of food per pound of the dog’s weight. This means that is your Klee Kai is 20 pounds in the weight you should give him about 600 calories.
One cup of kibble has around 350 calories and you can do the math and determine how many cups he will need.
Different meals have different amounts of calories and this is something that you need to check before you buy any food.
Do not overfeed or free-feed your pooch to prevent him from getting overweight.
About 45 minutes of daily exercise will be enough for the Alaskan Klee Kai.
You should also make sure that the dog has time to get both mental and physical stimulation.
Walks to the park and back can be really helpful. You will need to make sure that you change the route that you use from time to prevent him from getting bored.
Jogging and going for hikes with your Klee kai may also be a great way to meet his exercise requirements.
You can engage this dog is some agility training and dog competition to keep him mentally and physically challenged.
But when you are taking this pawsome pooch outdoors always remember to carry your leash and harness.
Collars can cause to much strain on your dog and you would rather use a harness that cannot harm or injure your dog.
Even if your Klee Kai is well trained he may try to run off. Fenced yards and areas that are secure like the dog park are the only places that you can let your dog be leash-free.
How to train an Alaskan Klee Kai
Just like the Husky, this dog is also as intelligent.
However, they may have an independent and stubborn streak that can make training a bit difficult. This is especially when you are trying to housebreak him or during obedience training.
Patience and consistency are important during training to make sure that you achieve the best possible results.
Any type of positive reinforcement or reward-based training should be used when they are young.
Socialization is another essential part of the training that should be well taken care of. Dogs learn from experiences that they have and the more that they experience the better.
They should learn not to be warry about other animals, people, and daily things like moving vehicles.
Some of the health concerns
Generally, these are healthy dogs because of how careful Linda was when she was breeding these pooches.
And this is why they have such a long lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
They may still be prone to some health issues like obesity. You should monitor the diet that you give to your Alaskan Klee Kai and avoid giving him to many treats.
Patellar luxation is another condition that this doggie may be prone to and one can affect his ability to move around. This is due to a malformation in the knee joint that is common in small and medium-sized dogs and the reason that the Alaskan Klee Kai may be at risk.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively rare and new dog breed that first appeared between the 1970s and the 1980s.
They have been gaining popularity since then and dog lovers have been wanting to get their hands on them.
These are wonderful companions and family pets for people that love Husky but are not able to handle his enormous size.
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