Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Klee Kai; AKK; Standard Alaskan Klee Kai
The Alaskan Klee Kai is an emerging breed first developed in the 1970s to create a Husky-like dog that was smaller than the Siberian or Alaskan Husky. ("Klee Kai" means "small dog" in the Inuit language.) There are three sizes-- standard, toy, and miniature. If you're fascinated with developing new breeds, and you like the look of a smaller Husky, you might enjoy this breed.
Appearance / health:
Bearing a resemblance to the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai is, in fact, a miniature version of the Alaskan Husky with a wedge-shaped head featuring a striking masked face, prick ears, and a double coat. The length of its body is a bit longer than the height. Its tail is well-furred and curls over the back or to either side when the dog is alert or moving. The appearance of the Alaskan Klee Kai reflects the breed's Northern heritage.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is relatively easy to care for being very clean. It does not like wet feet and will spend hours grooming itself. An average shedder, the Klee Kai sheds twice a year and should be combed and brushed on a regular basis. If not groomed, matt formation may occur.
The Alaskan Klee Kai has been remarkably free of genetic defects, because of the way they were bred. However, an occasional undershot jaw, cryptorchidism (failure of testis movement) may be seen in this breed. The Klee Kai may also occasionally suffer from a dislocated patella (kneecap).
Behavior / temperament:
The Alaskan Klee Kai is eager to please and very curious by nature. Their clownish antics endear themselves to their owners, making excellent companions. Some dogs of this breed tend to "talk" without being noisy. They are alert dogs that will announce the presence of every intruder.
The Alaskan Klee Kai learns by watching and are therefore, easy to train. However, it takes a little work to make dogs of this breed obedient.Being very intelligent, they are quick to learn.
gorgeous show dog, personality, beautiful facial mask, clever intelligent attitude
whine, unruly puppyhood, vocal little creatures, energy requirements, extensive grooming
agility, consistent training, relatively new breed, crate train, great long lifespan, miniature husky
My Experience Alaskan Klee Kai :)
I currently own an Alaskan Klee Kai, and boyyyyy am I pleased! I'm actually convinced that this is the greatest breed of dog for people who like the Alaskan Husky look but not exactly the size. I ended up adopting one about a year ago. It was a time where I had always wanted a Siberian Husky, but I was afraid that my backyard hadn't been big enough for one. I knew that I liked the blue eyes, and the beautiful facial mask they have, but not exactly how big they were, and the great amount of exercise that they need. That was when I found out about the AKK breed, making me feel as if my "unlikely-to-happen" prayer had been answered. Although they are a rare breed (they are one of the newer ones), I was lucky to find a great breeder that allowed me to adopt one of hers. Some people are on the waiting list for up to a year, (Not everyone, but it's pretty common), so don't be disappointed if you have to wait a while. The wait shouldn't be too much of a strain, because you'll soon be blessed with a sweet pup that it'll kill you to leave the house without. This breed is pretty special because they make noises that most dogs don't make. It kind of sounds like they're talking, and sometimes I can almost understand what my dog, Lucky, is trying to say to me. It doesn't become annoying to me, being the fact that it's not excessive AND it's so adorable to me. I also have two friends with AKK, and theirs are pretty much like mine (except a few small differences).They don't work well as guard dogs, because they weren't bred to be guard dogs. Honestly, they're too friendly and inviting to be guard dogs. If that's what you're looking for, it'd be best to go for a different breed. They do need some exercise, though, but it's just not as much as a Siberian would. Overall, they are likable dogs that I'd recommend to those who will take care of them properly (including doing research on them before even considering adoption), and who will be patiently dedicated (as I said the waiting list may be a while). The price on the pup may be a little much for some people, but in my opinion, it is worth it. If a breeder is telling you a price that seems "too good to be true", then most likely it is..
From MalaysiaSalene Jul 20 2013 2:49PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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