Did someone say small, fluffy, and cute? Check, check, and check! Meet the adorable and rare Alaskan Klee Kai. Closely resembling its ancestors, this breed could easily be mistaken for a miniature Husky, making it obvious to see why this little guy is such a hot commodity. Lucky for you, if you don’t already own one of these pups, we are here to share some details about it that should hold you over (at least for now).
Alaskan Klee Kai Origin
The Alaskan Klee Kai has been on the up and up ever since it originated in the 1970s. The clever idea came from an Alaskan woman by the name of Linda Spurlin. After visiting relatives in Oklahoma, she came across a small husky and decided to bring it back to her home state. By mixing the Siberian and Alaskan Husky with other small breeds who shared similar features, the Alaskan Klee Kai was born!
Living with an Alaskan Klee Kai
Although the Alaskan Klee Kai could easily be mistaken for a miniature Sibe, its personality is quite different. This pup is loveable and friendly, but when it comes to meeting new people the Klee Kai can be very shy and reserved. And while it loves its family and becomes very attached, in a group of people this breed is the perfect example of a “wallflower.” In a comfortable setting or environment, this pup is back to its usual fun loving and active self.
But let’s not get confused, this breed does have a wild side. During its younger years, this dog is full of vim and vigor and can develop what we like to call “Small Dog Syndrome.” This is when a dog believes that it is the humans’ pack leader. This can be avoided by providing plenty of obedience training and positive reinforcement with treats during its early developmental stages.
The Klee Kai’s Physical Features
If you own one of these dogs, you are bound to get attention wherever you go. The Alaskan Klee Kai comes in various sizes–toy, miniature, and standard, ranging anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds. Each size fits great into most lifestyles, especially the apartment living. Their coats can also be different colors of red, white, black, or gray, and vary in length from long or short. Beware, just like their larger cousins they tend to shed quite a bit due to their thick coats.
The facts speak for themselves; the Alaskan Klee Kai is a great companion to have by your side! If you are interested in making this breed a lifelong pet, check your area for responsible breeders and also be sure to search your local shelters and rescues. An unbelievable number of purebred dogs are just waiting in shelters for you to take them home!