The Alaskan klee kai is an intelligent, high-activity dog. However, they are not “hyper.” Unlike other husky breeds, they are highly trainable and make good watchdogs. Also unlike their cousins, they are suspicious of strangers. They require their owner’s attention and are most likely found at their owner’s side. They “talk back” and howl, but are not excessive barkers. Occasionally, a klee kai will be people-shy. This temperament is considered undesirable and dogs with this temperament are neutered.
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 15 – 20 yrs.
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
Tendency to Dig: Moderate Social/Attention Needs: High
In any case, the best step when determining your dog’s diet is to talk to your veterinarian. Your vet will work with you to find a diet that is best suited for your Alaskan Klee Kai.
The Alaskan Klee Kai has a life expectancy of 10-13 years, according to Pet MD . “While it’s true that the Alaskan Klee Kai aren’t typically associated with a long list of health conditions per se, it’s important to remember that some issues simply may not have yet been discovered due to the relative young age of the breed,” stated Alaskan Klee Kai 101 . As the breed grows, and there is a larger sample size, there will be more information about prevalent health conditions.
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While double coated dogs are known for their shedding this particular breed sheds only moderately.
Small, smart, and energetic, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively new breed that looks like a smaller version of the Siberian Husky, and even the name “Klee Kai” comes from an Inuit term meaning “small dog.”
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At that time, in another happy twist of fate, Linda Spurlin from Alaska happened to be visiting relatives in Oklahoma and saw the puppies. She was immediately taken with this small Siberian Husky-type and it set her thinking. Back in her native Alaska, Linda set her mind to how best to recreate these puppies, given that the breed of the original father wasn’t known. Her solution avoided the path of breeding together the smallest examples or ‘dwarves’ of the Siberian Husky, but instead outcrossing with smaller breeds.
The appearance of the AKK can be described as looking at a Siberian Husky through the wrong end of binoculars. The markings, body shape, and coat are those of his larger relative, but on a much reduced scale. Along with almost wolf-like looks, the AKK has the distinctive eyebrows and mask colouration of the Husky, along with prick ears, and legs in good proportion to the body.