Breed Info

Breed Info

The Alaskan Klee Kai, which was developed by Linda Spurlin and her family, is a spitz-type with the appearance of a miniature husky. It was first available to the public in 1988, and later recognized by the UKC in 1995. The breed is characterized by it’s striking mask, prick ears, and a double coat. The length of their body is just slightly longer than their height. Their tail is well-furred and curls over their back or to either side when the dog is alert and moving.

They come in three sizes based on their height:

  • Toy size Alaskan Klee Kai are up to and including 13 inches in height.
  • Miniature size Alaskan Klee Kai are over 13 inches and up to 15 inches in height.
  • Standard size Alaskan Klee Kai are over 15 inches and up to 17 inches in height.
  • An Alaskan Klee Kai with a serious fault is over 17 inches and up to 17.5 inches in height.
  • An Alaskan Klee Kai that is considered oversized is 17.5 inches in height and over.

Alaskan Klee Kai also come in four different color varieties. Black and white, which may appear as a stark contrast with jet black coloring, or sometimes as a dilute black which appears more like a dark gray color. Grey and white, which comes in many different shades. Red and white which is usually a cinnamon or auburn color. Lastly is solid white, which lacks contrasting colors and a distinguishing mask, according to UKC standards, and recently were allowed to be registered but is considered an eliminating fault when it comes to showing them in conformation.

Eye colors, like the coat colors, can also be very diverse. Alaskan Klee Kai may have either parti-eyes, which one eye is one color and the other eye is two different colors, or bi-eyes, in which one eye is one color and the other eye is another color, or two eyes of solid color. Colors can be: brown, amber, blue, or green.

The Alaskan Klee Kai is highly intelligent, curious, quick, agile, and active. However, unlike huskies, the Alaskan Klee Kai is typically reserved and cautious with strangers. In the last few years, this is something many AKK breeders have been working to improve. But any owner must be prepared to socialize their Alaskan Klee Kai throughout it’s entire life. An owner must also be prepared to have their dog on the leash at all times when out of the house. This breed has the tendency to slip out the door, and run — then, not come back when it’s called. They’re also master escape artists, and so we discourage allowing your dog in a fenced yard unsupervised simply because you think it’s safe. An Alaskan Klee Kai can climb over, or dig under even the more secure fences.

If raised from a puppy with small animals, or young children, the Alaskan Klee Kai can adapt quite well. However, children must learn to be respectful of the animal, because most Alaskan Klee Kai do not tolerate being poked at, or bullied. This treatment can severely damage a puppy’s temperament, especially in the first four to six months you have your puppy. Also, if you wait until the puppy is older to introduce small animals, don’t expect it to go well. They have a high prey drive, and so they’re very likely to go after anything small and moving if they haven’t been introduced to it when they were young.

When it comes to grooming, they require little maintenance during the year, except when they blow their coat, which usually happens twice a year. During this time they require heavy brushing for about two weeks, but other than that you can probably get off brushing once a week. Very seldom would you need to bathe your AKK. They don’t really have “dog breath” or “doggy odor” like many other breeds do.

This breed is very smart and can do very well in Agility, Obedience, Weight Pull, as well as other activities with proper training.

Health Concerns

Though this is a relatively healthy breed, like other breeds they do have their own health issues. It’s good to educate yourself and be aware of possible problems you might experience with your puppy. If you ever note any problems in your dog, it’s highly advised that you alert your breeder. We require this in our contract to better understand how our lines are working. This is to try and prevent future health problems.

FVII Deficiency – a congenital mild bleeding disorder that has to do with the clotting of blood. Rarely produces clinical signs. Breeders should be aware if their breeding stock is an FVII carrier and if so, if bred to an FVII clear male, pups will have no issues

Patella Luxation – a condition in which the patella, or knee cap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.

Heart Murmur – extra heart sounds that are produced as a result of turbulent blood flow which is sufficient to produce audible noises.

Thyroid Disease – autoimmune inflammatory disease of the thyroid gland.

Juvenile Cataract –  a cataract is any opacity within a lens. The opacity can be very small (incipient cataract) and not interfere with vision. It can involve more of the lens (immature cataract) and cause blurred vision. Eventually, the entire lens can become cloudy, and all functional vision lost.

Cryptorchids – condition where one or both testes are absent from the scrotum.

Liver Shunt – an abnormal vessel that allows blood to bypass the liver, and as a result the blood is not cleansed by the liver.

Cleft Palate – a condition where the bones on the roof of the mouth do not grow normally, which results in an opening on the roof of the mouth that leads into the nasal cavity.

Umbilical Hernia – an outward bulging (protrusion) of the abdominal lining or part of the abdominal organ(s) through the area around the belly button.

Pyometra – an infection where the uterus fills with pus, only occurs in intact females.

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