Alaskan Klee Kai

Description

The general appearance of the Alaskan Klee Kai is very similar to the Alaskan Husky. The most distinctive feature is the mask, which is composed of contrasting colors. The well-proportioned body is strong, yet not overly muscular. It is covered with a double coat that is furry and long in some types. The topcoat is straight and smooth while the undercoat is softer and shorter. The tail curls backwards and may cross over either side of the torso. They eyes are generally almond in shape, but round and oval shapes are also common. There are no extremes in the body. The shape of its frame is moderate in length from the muzzle to the hindquarters.

Temperament

One of the most common natural traits of the Alaskan Klee Kai is its tendency to distrust and want to protect. It is very impressionable and so its owners have great influence over its personality. They are naturally loving with their family, but may exhibit cautious behavior around others. Training them early will improve their natural lack of social skills and make them more friendly around invited guests. They get along well with children and other household pets, even when they arenтАЩt raised together. Despite their nature to protect, they will typically not attack uninvited guests.g

Height and Weight

The Alaskan Klee Kai has different sizes. The standard for the dog is between 15 and 17 inches. The toy, or small size measures an average of 13 inches. The next size, the miniature is taller than 13 inches, but shorter than 15 inches.

Health Problems

Medical conditions include FVII deficiency, cardiac issues, liver shunts, patellas, and thyroid issues occur in the breed. Smaller types may develop luxating patellas. Thanks to Kai of Del Mar: http://www.alaskankleekairesearch.org for the info on health problems and they also strongly recommend anyone buying an Alaskan Klee Kai do so with a health guarantee of no less than one year

Ideal Living Conditions

The double coat enables the Alaskan Klee Kai to endure extreme cold temperatures with no complaint. They also easily adapt to snow environments. In warmer climates the coat will continue to warm it during warmer months, so it requires ample drinking water to keep it cool in such an environment. It is fine indoors and outdoors, and in fact would appreciate the freedom to travel to and from both areas. If kept outdoors, it should be kept in a well-fenced yard. It is a master of escape, so the fence should be tall (at least six feet) as well as sturdy. Children and other pets are generally safe with it.

Exercise

The Alaskan Klee Klai requires plenty of exercise that can be fulfilled in a yard large enough for them to run around. They will get some exercise by play chasing bugs, animals, or other household pets. If kept inside an apartment, they will need to obtain outdoor exercise several times throughout the day.

Life Expectancy

Hasn’t been in existent long enough to tell, but the life expectancy is probably about 14 years.

Litter Size

Average of 1 – 3 puppies/litter

Grooming

The coat only requires regular brushing and bathing. The coat does not have to be cut down and should not be as this will disrupt the coatтАЩs natural growth pattern. The toenails may be clipped and the fur between the paws trimmed for extra neatness.

Origin

The Alaskan Klee Kai has only been in existence since the 1970s. It originated supposedly on acciden

Group

Toy

Color

The Alaskan Klee Kai coat is white and either black, gray, or red. The two-color combination is throughout the body, but is most distinct on the mask. The back of the torso is usually darker and becomes lighter closer to the withers. The chest is usually white.