Alaskan Klee Kai

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8-23 lbs
10-17"
Alaska
Klee Kai, Miniature Alaskan Husky, Mini Husky, AKK

Technically, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a new breed that was created to be a miniature of the Alaskan Husky. These dogs are relatively new to the purebred dog world, dating back only to the 1970s. He is a small, energetic and very smart dog. The Alaskan Klee Kai, while looking like the Alaskan Husky, is more suited to being a companion rather than a working dog. He can also adjust more easily to apartment living as long as he is given ample opportunity to run and play. He can be shy or unsure around people he does not know and will let your know through vocalization if he is scared, happy or even sad.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1970s
Ancestry
Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky

Alaskan Klee Kai Health

Average Size
Male Alaskan Klee Kai size stats
Height: 10-17 inches Weight: 8-23 lbs
Female Alaskan Klee Kai size stats
Height: 10-17 inches Weight: 8-23 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Bleeding Disorder
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Blood Tests and Blood Count

Alaskan Klee Kai Breed History

The Alaskan Klee Kai came about completely by accident. An Alaskan Husky bred with a smaller dog in Oklahoma. The litter that resulted produced puppies that resembled their Alaskan Husky parent but on a smaller scale. Alaskan native Linda Spurlin visited family in Oklahoma and was enamored with one of these puppies. They took the puppy, named Curious, home to Alaska and Linda began the process of trying to recreate the breeding which was a tough thing to do since nobody knew what the smaller breed was. Back in Oklahoma, Spurlin’s brother-in-law was the owner of the Alaskan Husky who produced Curious. He also began trying to recreate the breeding, although with limited resulted. Both Spurlin and her brother-in-law were able to trace the history of Curious and his littermates however, the brother-in-law lost interest and he sold his established breeding kennel to Spurlin. Each litter produced was carefully evaluated and those that did not have the ideal characteristics that they had set were spayed or neutered and placed in family homes. Once Spurlin began breeding entire litters that exemplified the ideal traits she was looking for, a breed standard was drafted. This standard is very important when a new breed is being developed to ensure that the look and temperament of the breed is being properly cultivated. The Alaskan Klee Kai’s standard focuses on three major factors: composition, temperament, health. Once the breed was refined, Spurlin began offering the Alaskan Klee Kai to the public on very strict contracts. Any dog that exhibited any unfavorable characteristics, health problems or personality defects were required to be spayed or neutered. Those wishing to breed the Alaskan Klee Kai were expected to follow strict breeding standards. Spurlin turned her breeding operation over to Eileen Gregory. Gregory was a major contributor to the development of the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America. 

Alaskan Klee Kai Breed Appearance

The Alaskan Klee Kai looks almost identical to his larger ancestor, the Alaskan Husky. He can be found in any color except solid white. He has a distinctive facial mask that gives him an inquisitive look. He does have a double coat that will shed continually throughout the year. His topcoat is straight and harsh to the touch, being weather resistant while his undercoat is lighter in color and soft. He has round, dark brown eyes although he can have amber or blue eyes. He has a wide, black nose with open nostrils. The Alaskan Klee Kai comes in three distinct sizes: toy, miniature or standard. The toy variety stands up to 13 inches at the shoulder and weighs less than ten pounds. The miniature variety stands over 13 inches but not more than 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 10 and 15 pounds. The standard Alaskan Klee Kai stands between 16 and 17 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 23 pounds. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Alaskan Klee Kai eyes
Blue
brown Alaskan Klee Kai eyes
Brown
amber Alaskan Klee Kai eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Alaskan Klee Kai nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Sable
silver Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Silver
red Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Red
brown Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Brown
gray Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Gray
black Alaskan Klee Kai coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Alaskan Klee Kai straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Alaskan Klee Kai Breed Maintenance

The Alaskan Klee Kai is not a hypoallergenic breed. He has a thick double coat that sheds continuously. He is also a seasonal shedder and will shed out heavily twice a year. For a small dog, there is a lot of hair that comes off of him when he is shedding heavily. His grooming needs are usually minimal; brush him thoroughly once a week using a comb, slicker brush and pin brush to remove any loose hairs. He will need to be brushed daily when he is shedding heavily and warm baths will help loosen the coat and hasten the shedding process. Do not over bathe your Alaskan Klee Kai, he does not have a strong doggy smell and should only need to be bathed twice a year or only when he gets into mud or other nasty substances. Because he is an active dog, he may naturally wear his toenails down, however; check his nails at least every two weeks to ensure they do not need a quick trim. Have his teeth professionally cleaned once a year to maintain good oral hygiene. 

Brushes for Alaskan Klee Kai
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Alaskan Klee Kai requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Alaskan Klee Kai Temperament

Although he directly descends from the Siberian and Alaskan Husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai was not bred to be an actual working dog. He was bred to strictly be a companion animal. He is naturally shy around strangers and will avoid them when possible. Many people characterize him as being skittish. He is very devoted to his family and makes an excellent watchdog for the home. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a very vocal dog and does make his wishes known through vocalization. While his small size is perfect for apartment living, if his family ignores him most of the day, he can become a nuisance for the neighbors with his barks and whines. He does require daily walks and time bonding with his family. A fenced yard is best for him to run and play, however, he can also do well with long daily walks. Training and socialization need to be started at an early age to ensure that his skittishness does not turn into something more troublesome and he becomes an adjusted member of the family.

Alaskan Klee Kai Activity Requirements

Never trust the Alaskan Klee Kai off leash, even when you believe he is fully trained. He can be a stubborn dog and needs a long leash or a fenced yard to run and play without the temptation of taking off after something interesting. He is a small dog, but he is also a fast dog! He is an active little dog and needs plenty of time to play and enjoy his family. A good way to reinforce the bond between owner and Alaskan Klee Kai is by training for dog sports together. The Alaskan Klee Kai is an excellent candidate for agility, rally or even fly ball. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Alaskan Klee Kai Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Alaskan Klee Kai Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Alaskan Klee Kai size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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