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
"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
"I have owned and bred the Alaskan Klee Kai for 12 years. I do not breed any longer. The most endearing attribute of this miniature husky is the bond that they give their person. This breed is extremely loyal but can be very timid to strangers. They will also nip if they feel threatened. If you want to try your hand at agility, these dogs can be trained airly easily and they can be fast! The only downfall is that they cannot and should not be trusted off leash. Good things really do come in small packages :)."
From DianaLynn Sep 7 2013 6:59PM