Alaskan Klee Kai

English: Bi-eyed Black and White Alaskan Klee Kai

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The Alaskan Klee Kai looks like a miniature version of an Alaskan Husky, which is exactly what it was bred for. Some of the differences between the Klee Kai and the Husky include longer ears and a shorter muzzle. They are a very clean breed and may spend hours grooming themselves. They don’t shed all year round but will blow their coat twice a year. Brushing should be increased during these times. Klee Kais may aid in grooming by rubbing against things.

This active breed is intelligent, and may be wary around strangers, making them a good guard dog. Socialization is key for them. Their prey drive is quite high so small pets and animals may be in danger if the Klee Kai is not introduced to them early. Though, they are a great family dog, they may not tolerate being prodded or mishandled by small children and may respond by nipping.

The Alaskan Klee Kai is pretty free of genetic disorders but may be prone to the following:

  • Juvenile cataracts
  • Liver disease
  • Factor VII Deficiency
  • Pyometra
  • Luxating Patella
  • Chryptorchids
  • Cardiac issues such as PDA
  • Thyroid disease such as autoimmune thyroiditis

Due to the small gene pool, other diseases may exist among the breed that have not been discovered yet.

Here’s an Alaskan Klee Kai being adorable:

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Sources:

  1. Wikipedia – Alaskan Klee Kai
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