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Alaskan Klee Kai

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An Agile & Obedient Pet

Energetic, loving, quick

Alaskan Klee Kai are reserved, curious, and protective small to medium sized dogs. This fairly new breed is generally reserved around strangers and needs plenty of socialization throughout their lives. Klee Kai have an inherent prey drive and may not do well in households with small pets or children unless raised with them from puppyhood. Their smaller size makes them a great apartment dog, as long as they get a daily walk.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:13-17 in. Weight:10-23 lb Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Alaskan Klee Kai are expert diggers and climbers. It is recommended that you bury your fence and that it is at least 6 feet tall. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility and obedience. They are not recommended for homes with small children or small pets. 

Grooming: They need a thorough brushing at least weekly for most of the year. Twice a year they blow their coat and lose crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time. 

Dental: Alaskan Klee Kai generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

The Alaskan Klee Kai is highly intelligent, curious, and loves to talk.

Positive Traits:

  • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark 

  • Alert, curious, and busy 

  • Athletic and agile 

  • Devoted, loyal, and protective 

  • An affectionate companion and family dog 

Negative Traits:

  • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar 

  • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom 

  • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers 

  • Suspicious of strangers 

  • Needs frequent attention from their family

Whether you are considering adding a new Alaskan Klee Kai to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Alaskan Klee Kai will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Alaskan Klee Kai you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an Alaskan Klee Kai could encounter:

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new and rare breed. Although they were developed in Alaska in the 1970s, they were not released to the public as pets until 1988. The Klee Kai was intended to be a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. They are bred in 3 size varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. Klee Kai comes from the Eskimo words for “little dog.” Alaskan Klee Kai are fastidiously clean and have minimal doggie odor.

Consult your veterinarian if your Alaskan Klee Kai shows signs of the following:

  • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound 
  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain
  • Care

    Routine Care: Alaskan Klee Kai are expert diggers and climbers. It is recommended that you bury your fence and that it is at least 6 feet tall. They are athletic dogs that excel at dog sports like agility and obedience. They are not recommended for homes with small children or small pets. 

    Grooming: They need a thorough brushing at least weekly for most of the year. Twice a year they blow their coat and lose crazy amounts of hair; daily brushing is recommended during this time. 

    Dental: Alaskan Klee Kai generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is highly intelligent, curious, and loves to talk.

    Positive Traits:

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark 

    • Alert, curious, and busy 

    • Athletic and agile 

    • Devoted, loyal, and protective 

    • An affectionate companion and family dog 

    Negative Traits:

    • Has a tendency to bark or howl when excited or faced with the unfamiliar 

    • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom 

    • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers 

    • Suspicious of strangers 

    • Needs frequent attention from their family

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Alaskan Klee Kai to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Alaskan Klee Kai will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Alaskan Klee Kai you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an Alaskan Klee Kai could encounter:

  • History

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new and rare breed. Although they were developed in Alaska in the 1970s, they were not released to the public as pets until 1988. The Klee Kai was intended to be a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. They are bred in 3 size varieties: toy, miniature, and standard. Klee Kai comes from the Eskimo words for “little dog.” Alaskan Klee Kai are fastidiously clean and have minimal doggie odor.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult your veterinarian if your Alaskan Klee Kai shows signs of the following:

    • Bruises easily or bleeds a lot from a small wound 
    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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