Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Miniature 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.