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The name Alaskan Klee Kai comes from the Inuit term ‘Klee Kai,’ which means small dog. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a smart and energetic dog breed that looks like a smaller version of the Siberian husky. Whilst they share similar physical characteristics, the comparison diverges when it comes to temperament.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is highly devoted to his owners. As a family-oriented dog, he loves to be involved in family activities. Because of his deep loyalty for his owner, the Alaskan Klee Kai tends to be a protective dog which makes him a capable watchdog.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a heavy shedder during summer, which requires frequent brushing. Whilst he is small dog that is full of energy, he only needs minimal amounts of exercise.
Where does the Alaskan Klee Kai originate from?
The Alaskan Klee Kai originated from Wasilla, Alaska, and was developed by Linda Spurlin. In her desire to create a smaller companion-sized Siberian Husky, Spurlin outcrossed Huskies with smaller breeds such as the Alaskan Eskimo Dogs and Schipperke to reduce the size of their offspring.
Although growing in popularity, the Alaskan Klee Kai is still considered a rare breed. Whilst the United Kennel Club recognised this breed in 1997, the Kennel Club (in the UK) has yet to recognise the Klee Kai as a breed.
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How big are Alaskan Klee Kai?
In terms of size, the Alaskan Klee Kai comes in standard, miniature and toy sizes. The standard size measures 15-17 inches tall, the miniature measures up to 15 inches, and the toy size measures up to 13 inches tall. Typically, the Alaskan Klee Kai can vary widely in weight, ranging anywhere from 10 to 40 lbs.
What does an Alaskan Klee Kai look like?
The Alaskan Klee Kai shares the same appearance with the Alaskan Husky, except that he is much smaller in size. His round eyes may come in amber or blue. He has a wide, dark nose and open nostrils. Just like the Husky’s markings on the face, the Klee Kai have their distinctive facial mask.
The Alaskan Klee Kai has a double coat that comes in grey and white, black and white, and red and white. They have a long and coarse outer coat whilst their undercoat is soft and short. The double coat is meant to protect the Alaskan Klee Kai from extreme weather conditions.
Does Alaskan Klee Kai shed a lot?
The Alaskan Klee Kai sheds profusely during summer and winter but for the rest of the year, he sheds moderately. He does not need to be bathed frequently since it can dry his skin and coat. Only wash him when he gets too grimy or stinky. The Alaskan Klee Kai will need to have his coat regularly brushed. Do it once or twice a week, however, you might need to do it more often during shedding season.
How to care for Alaskan Klee Kai?
Be sure to clean your Alaskan Klee Kai's ears every week. Do not forget to check for signs of ear infections including foul smell, redness, and irritation. Trim his nails once a month to prevent painful cracking or splitting. Toothbrushing must be done daily to prevent periodontal diseases, which is a very common health problem in dogs. If brushing his teeth daily is not feasible, doing it 2 to 3 times a week is enough.
Is Alaskan Klee Kai Hypoallergenic?
There’s no 100% hypoallergenic dog but there are dog breeds that are less likely to trigger allergies. Generally, dogs that shed minimally are considered great companions for allergic people because their coat produces less dander, which causes an allergic reaction. The Alaskan Klee Kai is not a hypoallergenic breed since he is a heavy shedder.
Are Alaskan Klee Kais good family dogs?
Whilst the Alaskan Klee Kai dogs are energetic, intelligent, and affectionate to their owners, they are wary of strangers. This behaviour makes them ideal watchdogs. Alaskan Klee Kai also loves to be the centre of attention and may tend to be very vocal when they are expressing their displeasure or when their needs are not being met.
Although not as mouthy as their Husky forebears, the Alaskan Klee Kais express their emotions with barks and whines. Overall, Alaskan Klee Kai dogs are sensitive. Therefore, early socialisation is very important for him to mature into a well-rounded dog. Consistent training is also needed to lessen his tendency to “talk back.”
Are Alaskan Klee Kais smart?
Because of their high intelligence, Alaskan Klee Kais are highly trainable and can quickly pick up basic commands. Highly motivated with food and eager to please, the Alaskan Klee Kai responds well to positive reinforcement. Be sure to pair this with a firm and consistent training to get the best results. Never try punishing nor incorporating rough training methods on your pooch. This will only lead him to resent and lose his trust in you.
What should an Alaskan Klee Kai eat?
Since Alaskan Klee Kais are considered to be high energy dogs, they need a diet that will fuel them to be energised throughout the day. Provide him with premium-quality dog food. Although it can be quite expensive, it is packed with nutritional content which will completely replenish your dog's nutritional needs. You may ask the vet to help narrow down the list of high-quality food that fits your dog's age, breed, size, and energy levels.
If possible, do not opt for commercial dog foods. They often come in cheap prices but lack enough nutrients and minerals. These types of dog foods are also known to have preservatives and additives as ingredients, which can be harmful to your dog. Therefore, you should stick with premium-quality dog food. Fresh water should be available for him throughout the day, especially during hot seasons.
How much should an Alaskan Klee Kai eat?
Alaskan Klee Kai puppies age 3 to 6 months need at least three meals a day. Once they reach 7 months to 1 year of age, they should eat about 2 bowls of food daily. Each meal must be divided into 3 smaller portions for easier digestion. For full-grown Alaskan Klee Kais, they need at least 1 bowl of dog food a day. Split their meals into 2 smaller servings to prevent overeating.
How much exercise does an Alaskan Klee Kai need?
Although Alaskan Klee Kais are not hyperenergetic dogs, they still need daily exercise. At least 30 minutes to an hour of activity and mental stimulation will suffice. The easiest way to burn his excess energy is by taking him out for a walk. You can also play exciting dog games such as tug-of-war, fetch, Frisbee, obstacle course, and hide-and-seek.
Give him the freedom to run off lead in your backyard if you have one. However, be sure that the fences are in good shape and the locks are in place before allowing him to explore. Because of his small stature, the Alaskan Klee Kai is known to get himself in narrow spaces and escape.
How long does Alaskan Klee Kais live?
The average lifespan of the Alaskan Klee Kai is 10-13 years if given the proper care and attention. Thus, be consistent in providing him adequate amounts of exercise, meticulous grooming, well-balanced daily meals, and a happy and relaxing home environment.
What are the common health problems of Alaskan Klee Kais?
The breed is considered to be generally healthy with very few genetic problems, but they may be predisposed to some health conditions such as:
To prevent him from developing these diseases, be sure to get him health checked. Regularly visiting the vet is extremely important as it will keep you updated on your Alaskan Klee Kai's health and also obtain tips and advice to maintain good health.
How much does Alaskan Klee Kai cost?
The Alaskan Klee Kai is considered a rare dog breed so expect the prices of the puppies to be higher than most breeds. The cost of a well-bred Alaskan Klee Kai puppy from a KC-registered breeder is anywhere from £1,200 to £2,500. On top of the purchase price, you may need to pay £200-£400 for his basic supplies including beds, crates, bowls, and toys. The total annual cost for food and treats is £240 to £288.
Vet check-ups will require you to spend £60 per session. Expect to pay £100 for initial vaccinations and £50 for booster shots. If you plan to get pet insurance, prepare £20 to £30 a month for the premium.
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