Monday, December 8, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky, created to be a companion dog. The Alaskan Husky isn't really considered a breed, because it is defined only by purpose and not by ancestry or appearance. The Alaskan Klee Kai has a breed standard, and has been recognized by the UKC since 1997.

There are some major differences between the Alaskan Klee Kai and the Alaskan Husky/Siberian Husky. The Huskies are usually happy-go-lucky, but the Klee Kai is reserved and cautious around strangers. They are loyal and alert, and make great watchdogs.

A typical Alaskan Klee Kai is an energetic, intelligent, active, and agile dog. They are affectionate with their family, but have a strong prey drive and it is important to introduce the dogs to other types of pets at an early age, so they don't think rabbits, hamsters, and cats are something that should be hunted.

Alaskan Klee Kais do well with children who respect the dog and treat it gently. Some dog breeds will put up with almost anything from a child, but these dogs aren't likely to tolerate being mistreated. That said, no dog likes having its tail or ears pulled, or little fingers poking its eyes, and small children should be supervised around animals.

This is a clever breed with a strong urge to please its humans, and the dogs do very well in obedience and agility.

There are three different sizes; Toy which is up to 13 inches to the withers, Miniature that is up to 15 inches, and Standard that is up to 17 inches.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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