Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Alaskan Klee Kai Dog Information

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Alaskan Klee Kai
Alaskan Klee Kai is a breed originally developed to be a companion dog. It looks like a miniature Siberian Husky but its origins come from an accidental mating of an Alaskan Husky and an unknow small dog.

Alaskan Klee Kai can live up to 13-15 years and can be used as guard dogs for the home and family. Alaskan Klee Kai do not bark excessively but are suspicious of strangers. This trait, along with their diminutive size makes them ideal as apartment dogs. Alaskan Klee Kai puppies do need socialization early on to prevent them from being shy dogs.

Alaskan Klee Kai weigh from 4.5 to 9 kg, with a height of 33-43 cm, and the colors are varied, ranging from a mix of black and white, gray-white, red and white, or pure white.

Grooming

Their coats should be brushed and groomed regularly. This breed is an average shedder, but only sheds twice a year, unlike other breeds which shed the whole year. Remarkably, the Alaskan Klee Kai is very clean and have that Northern dog breed characteristic of not having the typical dog smell or breath.

Origin

Named after the Eskimo words for ‘little dog,’ Alaskan Klee Kai are a blend of Alaskan and the Siberian Husky and small amounts of American Eskimo and Schipperke. They have been developed in the 1970s and was only released into the public around 1987, making the Klee Kai still a rare breed.

Health Issues

Alaskan Klee Kai are relatively free from genetic defects. However, because of their small gene pool there are some health conditions associated with the breed including:

  •     Juvenile Cataracts
  •     Liver Disease
  •     Extreme Shyness
  •     Factor VII Deficiency
  •     Pyometra
  •     Luxating Patella
  •     Cryptorchids
  •     Cardiac Issues including PDA
  •     Thyroid disease-including autoimmune thyroiditis
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Alaskan Klee Kai Photo

2 comments:

zaxmom42 said...

Just saw my very first Klee Kai at the groomers this afternoon. Was told by the owner that she was lucky and only had to pay $1,000.00 for HERS because he had a bad tooth and couldn't be shown anymore and she said most go for $10,000.00. Then I asked her since they were such a new breed, they must not be members of the AKC yet. She said they were not. My question is, Where was the dog showing before the tooth problem? I would LOVE,LOVE,LOVE to have one of these beautiful creatures but I will never have $10,000.00 to spend on one. BOO HOO!

MeMing said...

Hi Zaxmom! Thanks for dropping by although no thanks indeed for the high price tag that goes with these adorable dogs!

I can't answer your question on where was the dog at before the dog problem for sure but I'm thinking you try your luck checking out local forums and see if someone might have one for a great deal. You never know.

Best of luck!

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