Dog Breed

Alaskan Klee Kai

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Full Name
Alaskan Klee Kai
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Life Span
13 - 17 years
Weight
5-22 pounds
Description

The Alaskan klee kai resembles its foundation breed, the Alaskan Husky, but a miniature version. Like their larger cousins, they need a lot of human interaction and exercise. They have a strong prey drive so not great in a home with cats or birds. They can be independent minded, and also want to go out and explore like huskies, although they do not need as much physical space, and may not have quite as intense of a wanderlust potential.

Origin
Bred For
Companionship
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai good with children?

    Yes, the Alaskan Klee Kai is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Alaskan Klee Kai naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Alaskan Klee Kai is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Alaskan Klee Kai is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Alaskan Klee Kai is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Alaskan Klee Kai is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai like to cuddle?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.
    Playfulness

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai like to play?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai make a good service dog?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai good for first-time owners?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Alaskan Klee Kai be trained?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the Alaskan Klee Kai can be incredibly well-trained.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai shed a lot?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai easy to groom?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai requires some grooming, but less than the average dog breed. Typically you will not need to take the Alaskan Klee Kai to the pet salon, and occasional combing at home should be enough.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai need a lot of exercise?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai needs a daily exercise partner! The Alaskan Klee Kai is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Alaskan Klee Kai?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is very smart. Above-average intelligence means they can pick up on cues and signals quickly when it comes to training. But it also means that they need to be challenged mentally, in addition to their standard exercise needs.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Alaskan Klee Kai bark? Does the Alaskan Klee Kai bark too much?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Alaskan Klee Kai will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai a good guard dog?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai would not make a good guard dog. They can be alert, but typically do not have the desire or instinct to take on "guarding" as their job.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai good at staying alone? Is the Alaskan Klee Kai independent?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai considers their owner part of the "pack" and hates being left behind. This can be a good thing for someone looking for an emotional support dog who is loyal and always by their side, but bad if the dog will need to be left at home alone for extended periods.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai a good apartment dog?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
    Size

    How big is the Alaskan Klee Kai?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Alaskan Klee Kai tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Alaskan Klee Kai?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai does not tolerate hot weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Alaskan Klee Kai if you live in a very hot weather climate. At the minimum, they would need a home with air conditioning.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Alaskan Klee Kai tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Alaskan Klee Kai?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai does very well in cold weather, and loves the snow. They were built for it!
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai try to run away?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai has huge wanderlust, meaning that it's natural for them to want to run away. They are known as escape artists. It's important to test your yard and have a tall fence that cannot be jumped or climbed over. Sometimes the Alaskan Klee Kai is not well suited for being off-leash, even if they are well trained.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai a healthy dog? The health of a Alaskan Klee Kai should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Alaskan Klee Kai high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Alaskan Klee Kai?

    It seems like the Alaskan Klee Kai never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Alaskan Klee Kai is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Alaskan Klee Kai for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Alaskan Klee Kai drool?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai drools very little, typically to where it's never a concern.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Alaskan Klee Kai have a large prey drive? Does the Alaskan Klee Kai like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Alaskan Klee Kai may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.
    Athleticism

    Is the Alaskan Klee Kai atheltic?

    The Alaskan Klee Kai is very athletic and would be well suited for a family that frequently works out or goes on adventures.

Breed Variations

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  1. Non-Sporting
  2. Spitz
  3. Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a purebred dog that belongs to the Spitz sub group, which falls under the larger Non-Sporting dog breed group.
Non-Sporting group: The Non-Sporting group of dogs is probably the most diverse in the sense that it has a variety of dogs, and they were not all bred for one specific purpose. Each breed in the non-sporting group is unique! They have been primarily bred as house pets, and because of that make excellent additions to the family. Exercise is still important for them, but the typical non-sporting dog does not have the energy of of a sporting or working group dog.
Spitz sub-group: Spitz breeds are some of the dog world's most ancient dogs. They have a distinct wolf-like appearance with pointy ears, and a heavy double coat, and a big bushy tail that curls over the back. The majority of them are perfect for cold climates, as they originate from the Nordics, Russia, and Canada. There are many spitz type of breeds, and sometimes it is debated which dogs are "true spitz" breeds. Spitz dogs love the outdoors and love adventure.

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