Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Toy 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. The toy-sized version of the breed may be easier for some dog owners to manage.
"Ive wanted an AKK ever since I saw one! They are one of the most beautiful breeds you can find but there is obviously more to consider when looking for a companion than just looks. <br><br>AKK are a new breed and the few breeders that work with them are cautious as to who gets their dogs for good reason. Their temperaments are generally questionable. Sometimes you luck out and get a really well rounded dog but most are very cautious with strangers and are escape artists that will take off if given the chance. <br><br>Akk are independent dogs but enjoy being part of a pack. They like to vocalize just like their Husky cousins and love being out and about allowing them to burn off excess energy. I found that they tend to be quite picky about food. I thought having a "small husky" would be easy to clean up after (fur wise) but I was wrong! Their fur will get on everything and although they shed based on the seasons you will still find a significant amount of fur on things throughout the year.<br><br>Training can be difficult because they are so independent. They may actually understand what you want them to do but they may not see a good enough reason to listen. So finding something like a toy or treat to praise them with would be helpful. This is no retriever here! doing things just to make you happy isn't likely going to work with this breed. They act more like cats than your typical dog. You will have to put in some work with the AKK. Amazing dogs to own but I recommend that only experienced dog owners get one.."
From nypetlover Dec 14 2015 1:15PM