The Alaskan Klee Kai: Grooming, Exercise, & Characteristics

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The Alaskan Klee Kai is a loyal and intelligent dog that comes in three sizes and looks like the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Husky. They were bred from the native dogs of Alaska that have been around for thousands of years. The nomadic people of Alaska would bring these dogs into their families to help them hunt, pull sleds, track, and hike. A breeder named Linda Spurlin started breeding these dogs in the 1970s. They are known as companion dogs and are recognized by the American Kennel Club. Their name is derived from Alaskan Athabaskan words that translate to "little dog."

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Alaskan Klee Kai characteristics

The Alaskan Klee Kai comes in the toy, miniature, and standard size. If it's a toy, it will be up to 13 inches tall. If it's a miniature, it will measure 13-15 inches tall, and if it's a standard, it will be 15-17 ½ inches tall. A toy weighs 6 to 12 pounds, a miniature weighs 10 to 18 pounds, and a standard weighs 16 to 25 pounds. The Alaskan Klee Kai has a thick double coat and minimal grooming needs. These dogs belong to the AKC's Foundation Stock Service breeding group.

Alaskan Klee Kai temperament and training

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Breed is not a reliable indicator of personality, as every dog is different. However, in general, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a loyal watchdog. He is very warm and loving towards his owners and family but may be more standoffish with people he doesn't know. These dogs are smart and full of energy, but they have a high prey drive, which means it could potentially be dangerous for them to be around small animals.

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The Alaskan Klee Kai is smart, so he should learn quickly. Most dogs enjoy learning new things, and because of his breed's history, the Klee Kai will likely enjoy physical challenges. When training any dog, it's important to use positive reinforcement instead of punishment. When he does something right, reward him with praise and a treat, and never scold or yell when he does something wrong. It's always a good idea to hire a qualified dog trainer who has experience and utilizes positive reinforcement as well.

Alaskan Klee Kai grooming

While the Alaskan Klee Kai has a thick double coat to keep him warm in the winter and cool in the summer, he will only experience moderate shedding. Owners can reduce the shedding by brushing their dog weekly, but they should never use tools with blades. These dogs rarely need to be bathed since their coats will naturally keep dirt away and typically won't smell. It's important to trim the nails as soon as they start clacking on the floor and to brush the teeth daily to ensure he has good dental hygiene.

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Alaskan Klee Kai exercise and health

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Owners that love to exercise and go outside will do well with the Alaskan Klee Kai, who has a medium-high energy level. These dogs love outdoor activities like camping, swimming, boating, and hiking. It's important to keep them on a leash when around other animals since they like to go after prey. On a day-to-day basis, they need regular walks and enjoy playing games with their owners.

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While these dogs are pretty healthy, they are prone to health conditions like heart murmurs, patellar luxation, Factor VII deficiency, eye disorders, and autoimmune thyroiditis. The typical lifespan is 13 to 16 years. By taking an Alaskan Klee Kai to the vet regularly and noting any irregularities in his health, owners can ensure their dogs will be healthy and happy.

Alaskan Klee Kai puppies

At eight weeks old, an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will likely be less than 5 to 7 pounds, since that's their typical weight at 10 to 12 weeks. He will be fully grown around two years of age.

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