ALASKAN KLEE KAI DOG BREED
The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed in the 1970s in Alaska, to create a companion sized dog resembling the Alaskan Husky. This breed is relatively new and was officially recognized in 1997. The Klee Kai is a spitz type breed of dog and he comes in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is incredibly energetic and deeply affectionate breed, as these dogs were bred as companion dogs. Standard: Weight: 23 pounds (10 kg) Height: 15-17.5 inches (38- 42cm). Miniature: Weight: 15 pounds (7 kg) Height: 13-15 inches (33-39 cm). Toy Dog: Weight: under 10 pounds (4.3 kg) Height: under 13 inches (33 cm). Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a smart, loyal and clever dog. This breed loves attention and communication. Sometimes these dogs are called “talkers” because they when they want attention, can mimic the sounds of the human voice. The Alaskan Klee Kai gets along well with children and pets, but he tends to be shy, skittish and wary around strangers.
Coat / Care:
Since Klee Kai is originally from Alaska, he has a double coat; an undercoat that is short and soft and an outer coat that is made of longer guard hairs. This double coat allows them to have thermal protection from extreme hot and cold weather. Especially beautiful is the heavy fur on the neck (in the form of a collar) and tail. The coat requires relatively easy care since this is extremely clean breed. Klee Kai seldom needs a bath, dry cleaning is enough. This breed may develop thyroid issues and nutrition problems.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is playful, very docile and learns with ease. The socialization throughout a Klee Kai’s life is highly encouraged, because of their inherently reserved disposition in the presence of strangers. Because of their intelligence, they do well in obedience classes.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is moderately active and has a strong prey drive, so make sure you incorporate long walks in your daily routine, but keep him on a leash as he will pursue any distraction that comes his way. Ideal ambiance for this breed is securely fenced yard, and since the Alaskan Klee Kai is well developed, he can jump high, so the fence should be high enough.