Height: Up to 13 in (33 cm) for toy; 13-15 in (33-38 cm) for miniature; 15-17 in (38-44 cm) for standard
Weight: Up to 9 lbs (4 kg) for toy; 9-15 lbs (4-7 kg) for miniature, and 15-22 lbs (7-10 kg) for standard
Coat: Gray and white, black and white, shades of sable to red; dense to moderately long
Grooming: Several times a week, maybe every other day
Exercise: At least 2 hrs a day of exersize
K-9 Qualities: Loving and energetic
Families make the perfect pack for them!
This Alaskan breed was developed by Linda Spurlin and her family to be a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. From the early 1970s through 1988, the Spurlins carefully selected dogs who met their high standards for appearance and soundness. In 1988, they made the Alaskan Klee Kai available to others. Mrs Spurlin originally called her new breed the “Klee Kai,” but in 1995 the name was changed to Alaskan Klee Kai.
There are few health concerns with the breed. A bleeding disorder called Factor VII has all but been eradicated through thoughtful breeding practices. There have been a handful of reports of congenital heart defects and liver shunts. As with many small breed dogs, luxating patella issues are possible.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) has an article on the Alaskan Klee Kai.
Related Breeds: Husky and Malamute.