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Size Matters ?? You Decide....
Difference between Full Coat & Standard Coat
A lil info...
The Alaskan Klee Kai (AKK) was developed in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family to be a companion sized version of the Alaskan Husky. From the early 70's through 1988 the Spurlins carefully selected dogs that met their standards for appearance and soundness. The first AKK to be sold outside of Alaska was in 1988. The AKK was recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1997.
Nicknamed the Alaskan Husky in Miniature, the AKK is a smaller version of its northern ancestors weighing an average of ten to 20 pounds. Despite its husky ancestry this newly developed breed is intended to pull heartstrings instead of sleds. Their smaller size and loyal and somewhat reserved personality make them a unique companion for those seeking a smaller northern breed.
The most distinctive characteristic of the AKK is the striking facial mask that must be clearly visible due to contrasting colors. The AKK also has prick ears and a well furred tail that curls over the back or to either side when the dog is alert or moving. They can be black & white, or shades of grey & white or red & white. They can be either short haired or full coated (long haired). Their eyes can be both blue, both brown, one of each or parti-colored and green in the red coated.
The AKK comes in three sizes. The Toy measures up to 13 inches from the withers to the ground. The Miniature is over 13 inches and up to 15 inches, and the Standard is over 15 inches but not more than 17 1/2 inches. His weight is proportionate to his height.
The overall appearance of the AKK reflects the breed's northern heritage. He is very curious, active, quick and agile. He is loyal and affectionate with family members, but can be reserved and cautious with strangers and in unfamiliar situations. Obedience training is highly recommended for socialization.
The AKK has a high energy level and due to its heavy double coat, sheds continuously and "blows" coat twice a year. Therefore an AKK may not be an ideal choice for everyone. However, if in an appropriate home, the AKK can be a wonderful and loving companion. Because of their size, these dogs can live in an apartment, but a home with at least a small, well fenced yard is recommended. They should be exercised regularly, however, they are not as dependent on exercise as their larger relatives. Because of the small litters (usually 1-3 puppies) and the increasing popularity of the AKK, most likely you will be put on a waiting list for a puppy. It might be a long wait, usually depends on your preference of gender, coat and eye color. They are very well worth the wait.
AKK are very smart, quick to learn, playful and love to please their owners and he will bring you great joy and happiness...
My Personal Observations Of The Akk
Climbing--Oh Yes..I have had a few that could climb a 6 foot chain link fence like they were climbing a ladder..They were very good at it.
Barking-I don't think AKK bark anymore than any other breed but they can surely talk and make you understand what they want..
Digging-No more then the Siberians I use to have...
Shedding-AKK "Blow" their coat twice a year just like their ancesters. Regular brushing cuts down on the shedding. I have also noticed that the "Full Coated" or "Long Haired" coats do not shed as much as the "Shorter" coated dogs.
Doggy Odor- The AKK is a Northern Breed, and Northern Breeds do not have the famous "Doggy Odor".
Grooming- Akk do not require alot of grooming. Since their is no odor, they don't have to be bathed as often as other breeds. I use baby wipes to clean faces and feet as needed. AKK are very clean lil critters.
Trimming- The only part of a AKK that needs trimming is between the padds of the feet. It must be kept clear of hair to prevent anything from lodging between the pads.
Trainning-AKK are very smart and can be taught anything, just as any other breed... it takes time and patience. They are also known to be very head strong.
Running & Exercise-I think this depends on the dog, I have had some that would rather be outside all of the time and some that are truly house dogs. They all need their exercise, some more than others.
Taking your puppy home
Thank you for becoming part of the Sibridge Family. We hope you are totally in love with your new baby. This baby has been hand raised and loved from birth and we strive to give you a well socialized, healthy loving baby.
First and foremost, please remember if something should ever happen and you are not able to care for or keep your Sibridge baby, please let us know and return it to us. We will make arrangements for this baby. We are the breeders and feel responsible for every life we bring into this world.
We have put together this information from experience in hopes it will help you get your baby trained and it will become a valued member of your family.
Also remember, we have a Face Book Group for our owners, if you have not been added please let me know. This is a group for Sibridge Family members only. You will be able to communicate with other Sibridge owners and keep up with your puppies siblings.
Always remember, if you have any problems or questions we are here for you. You are welcome to email, call, text or message us on FB..
UKC-Please take a few moments and fill out your pups UKC Registration papers and send them to the UKC. It is very important for the UKC to know the owners have changed and for your AKK to be accounted for and you as the registered owner. I will also add your puppy and your name only to our AKK Data Base. Again, I have supplied you with a pedigree of your dog going back to the original dogs that were used to make this beautiful bred by Linda Spurlin.
Microchip- Please be sure to register your puppies microchip. It’s a simple process and is $27.99 for a one time charge. Go to www.buddyid.com and fill out the information. My Provider ID # C28374 will be needed also. You have a card with this info in your puppy folder. Very important to get this done pretty soon.
Shots/Worming- Your puppy has been wormed since the age of 2 weeks, app. 7 times and is worm free at the 7/8 week old vet checked. Your pup has also had its first round of puppy shots. Your pup needs 4 sets of puppy shots. The second round being approximately 3 weeks after the first set, with the others being 3 weeks in between.
Please remember your pup does not need to be put on the ground anywhere until it has its 3/4th set of shots. Your vet can tell you when its safe. If you are sure your fenced in yard is free of all germs & diseases then use your judgment. Your pup can catch anything at this age so please be safe. You can carry them anywhere just don’t allow them to be on the ground. Please remember Dog Parks are the worse place to catch anything. Also vet offices, never let your pup be on the floor in any vet office.
Food- Your puppy is weaned on to Taste Of The Wild Pacific, this is not a puppy food but a all stage food. Protein level at 25% or less is best for your AKK, in food and treats. Your AKK is use to having food available all the time as we “Free Feed” all of our AKK. Some can be picky eaters but if you keep changing their food they will always be picky. When they are hungry they will eat. I do sometimes add a little low fat cottage cheese to the food if they are thin. Akk are known to be thin until spay/neutered.
Treats- Please be careful with the treats you purchase for your puppy. Remember a puppy has a small tummy so it doesn’t take much to be a treat. The safest is string cheese in moderation. Also a good brand treat name with 25% or less protein is best.
Bathing- Your AKK will have a bath right before he/she goes to his/her new home. Bathing does not need to be done on a regular basic. Your puppy will not have a “Doggie Odor”, he/she is a northern breed that has oils in the skin that repeals Odor and dirt. We use baby wipes to wipe the eyes and ears on a regular basics. If he/she gets muddy or dirty, let it dry and it will just brush off. The best shampoo
we have found is a Paul Mitchell Pet Shampoo and Adams Shampoo…
Trimming- The only trimming that needs to be done is the hair on the bottom of the feet between the pads. This hair will grow and get pretty long if not trimmed. I use a beard trimmer and just shave it right off. It can be dangerous if not trimmed; things can get caught in the hair and cause discomfort.
Brushing- Regular brushing is a must for your AKK. We mostly use a shedding comb or a rake. Furminator brushes are very harsh on the AKK double coat, it cuts more than brushes. Remember your AKK sheds twice a year, from January to June and June to December. Some times are worse than others. Regular brushing will save you from vacuuming so much. Vacuuming is a daily chore here, just normal occurrence..
Nails- Your puppy is used to having his/her nails trimmed, always rub their feet and ears so they are used to it being touched. Trim the nails with regular toe nail clippers while small. You will need a regular pair of dog nail clippers as your puppy grows.
Reverse Sneezing- This seems to be a trait with the AKK. I have noticed that if you rub their throat it kind of eases the session. Also you can hold your hand in front of their nose and it seems to ease the session also. You can goggle this to see video’s…. Most of the time its nothing serious.
Sleeping- Your puppy has been crate trained for his/her safety. It is much safer for your baby and your house to be in a crate then to be running around your house unsupervised. When you have your baby at home for the first few nights, put his/hers crate by your bed where you can easily reach it. If and when they start to whine put your fingers inside the crate where they can feel and smell you, tell them its ok and its nighty time. Also never let your puppy out of the crate if they are screaming/crying. Make them be quiet if only for a few seconds before letting them out. . But if a pup learns that screaming gets it out of the crate it will continue to scream until you let it out. In my house no one gets out of their crate while they are screaming. They know they have to be quiet before I will open their door. It’s hard on your heart and deafening, but its worth it in the end.
Exercise- Always remember a tired puppy is a good puppy. Lots of exercise is usually a good thing. Always have your quiet time with the puppy in his crate where they can see you but not be bothered.
Jumping- It has been thought that a cat was used in the early days of developing this breed. The AKK can jump straight up to a kitchen counter or any height, if its intrigued to do so. Never underestimate the ability of an AKK. I have seen a few climb a 6 ft chain link fence like climbing a ladder.
Separation Anxiety or AKK Screaming-You have all probably heard about puppies crying because they are suffering from separation anxiety. I will admit that some dogs will exhibit this but not all dogs have this problem. So how do you know if your puppy is anxious or just behaving like a normal Alaskan Klee Kai? Most AKK scream, literally. They do it in protest, they do it in excitement, they do it in fear and distress. Alaskan Klee Kai are VERY vocal. They prefer to talk than to bark, that is not to say they don’t bark because they do, but they prefer to talk and scream. Now depending on your AKK’s voice the screaming can be bearable or so unbearable that you will wish you were deaf. AKK scream when you separate yourself from them, they scream when you come home and will jump all over you, they scream when you crate them and they would rather go for a walk. This is why it is good to have your AKK in a crate while in the room with you, so they are use to it and learn it is their safe personal space.
By the way, ‘Klee Kai’ is both singular and plural. There is no such thing as Klee Kais.
Potty Emergency-A puppy is only a baby. It cannot hold its bladder more than a couple of hours. When your pup needs to ’go’ it needs to go NOW. If I know I am going to be gone more than that couple of hours and no one else will be in the house then I put the pups in an ex-pen and leave them with food, water and a pee pad. I started teaching them to use the pee pads even before they opened their eyes and ears. As soon as I saw them leave their beds to relieve themselves when their mother wasn’t there I put the pee pad in the whelping box. They grew up using the pee pad. They will also use newspaper.
If your puppy is playing and having a ball don’t expect it to just drop it’s playing to run and find the pee pad. Watch and when you see it making circles with its nose to the ground grab it up, tuck its tail and take it to the place you want it to relieve itself.
Supplies- We buy TOTW food and treats at Tractor Supply and order mostly from Jeffers.com Hooves and bully sticks are the best for your puppy/dog. NEVER give them raw hide.
Spaying/Neutering- Altering your Sibridge AKK is required. We have learned that closer to 1 year old is best. Every dog has growth plates and its best to wait until these growth plates have closed and this is usually complete at 9 mts to 1 year old.
Sometimes a male takes a little longer for both testicles to descend, and sometimes only one does. In this case the descended testicle is withheld in the lower stomach area and must be found and removed at time of neutering. If left it can cause cancer after a few years.
Yearly Check Ups- When your AKK goes for a yearly checkup and the vet wants to do a blood panel, please remember that an AKK usually has a higher liver (ALT) level then most breeds. The AKK can be 3 times higher than a normal dog., And be fine. The AKK are a very different breed and I am sure within a few months of owning one you will agree…
Please always remember, your AKK should never be off leash outside a fenced area. It only takes once to be killed.
Alaskan Klee Kai are a breed that continue to grow in popularity.
The breed was started by Linda Spurlin in Alaska in the early 1970s before she made her unique dogs available to the public in the late 1980s.
Celebrities such as singer Miley Cyrus, actress Sophie Turner and football coach Bill Belicheck have put the breed in the spotlight over the past few years.
Alaskan Klee Kai were bred to be companion-sized versions of the Alaskan Husky.
However, these little dogs come with their unique set of challenges, including poor recall and separation anxiety
1) What is an Alaskan Klee Kai?
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a companion sized dog often referred to as a smaller version of their northern ancestors, the Alaskan Husky. While they do have many northern breed traits, they are a very unique breed with individual quirks and temperaments.
2) What is the origin of Alaskan Klee Kai?
The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family in the early 1970s through late 1980s. 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 it was changed to Alaskan Klee Kai to denote their place of origin.
3) Are Alaskan Klee Kai purebred ?
They are purebred, which means, you can only get an Alaskan Klee Kai by breeding two Alaskan Klee Kai together. There is a massive misrepresentation in social media and on many websites that there a several breeds put together to “make up an Alaskan Klee Kai.” This belief does a disservice to the creator and the many breeders that have been selectively breeding for the last 30 years. The breed has been breeding true for over 15 generations.
4) What colors are Alaskan Klee Kai?
Coat colors in shades of black, gray or red are acceptable provided that the facial mask is distinct and clearly visible, and there is a contrasting lighter color on the bottom half of the dogs face, throat, chest, breeches, feet, legs and underside.
5) What is size of Alaskan Klee Kai?
It is intended that the Alaskan Klee Kai remain a small to medium-sized dog. Height is measured from the withers to the ground. Weight should be proportionate to height and bone structure, appearing neither too heavy nor too thin.
Toy Variety: Up to and including 13 inches.
Miniature Variety: Over 13 inches and up to and including 15 inches.
Standard Variety: Over 15 inches up to and including 17 inches.
It should be noted that we no longer gauge an Alaskan Klee Kai’s size by weight although many stay in the 15lb-20b range.
6) When do Alaskan Klee Kai stop growing?
Klee Kai seem to reach adult height by one year of age but often their bone structure continues to mature until approximately age two.
7) Do Alaskan Klee Kai shed?
YES! There is a running joke amongst owners that AKK shed twice per year. The first time is January-June and the second time is July-December. While this is indeed typical, different coat types shed in various ways. Additionally Klee Kai may “blow coat” during seasonal changes.
8)Are Alaskan Klee Kai hypoallergenic?
9) How often do Alaskan Klee Kai need grooming?
This answer is very dependent on coat type. Some AKK need brushing weekly, some may only need it while blowing their coats. In a show ring, the breed is presented in a completely natural condition except that trimming of hair between the pads and around the feet to present a neater appearance is permissible. Alaskan Klee Kai do not tend to hold a dirty smell like many dogs and can get by with minimal bathing. Proper ear and nail care is a must, just like with any breed.
10) Do Alaskan Klee Kai talk?
These little dogs have quite a lot to say. They talk, they sass, they howl, they bark, and they “pity whine” to get their point across.
11) Are Alaskan Klee Kai good pets?
Alaskan Klee Kai are great pets for the right type of dog owner. They are not for the faint of heart and will require dedication to proper training and socialization from a young age. They have specific quirks that are sometimes hard to manage (like separation anxiety and poor recall) so the breed should be researched and well understood before adoption.
12) Are Alaskan Klee Kai good with cats?
Just like with any breed, this really depends on the individual dog and the training it had during puppyhood. Some Klee Kai have a high prey drive, some do not.
13) Do Alaskan Klee Kai have health issues?
The genetic health of this breed should be watched and managed carefully. Alaskan Klee Kai are currently enrolled in the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) program. The following tests are necessary for an AKK to earn it’s CHIC certificate: Autoimmune thyroiditis, Patellar luxation, Cardiac Evaluation and Eye examination by a boarded ACVO ophthalmologist. We do encourage breeders to do a blood panel for this breed that includes CBC & Chemistries, which determine healthy numbers regarding the liver and kidney health of their dogs and a Thyroid profile. Due to patella luxation issues in the smaller breeds, this should also be part of the annual exam, as well as a cardiac exam. We still have some FVII carriers (blood clotting disorder) in the breed but they have been mostly eliminated through the years by attrition but we continue to test when an FVII carrier produces pups so we are aware and take precautions regarding who we pick as breeding partners.
14) What is Alaskan Klee Kai life expectancy?
Approximately 15-18 years.
15) How many Alaskan Klee Kai are there?
AKKAOA recently obtained full count records from UKC stating how many Klee Kai puppies have been registered (litter and permanently) annually since they were recognized in 1996. Per the report, UKC has litter registered less than 10,000 puppies total! The number of litters has increased steadily over the last 22 years, however, up until 2007 less than 400 puppies were born per year. Still less than 1000 puppies were born even last year (2018).
16) Can Alaskan Klee Kai live in hot weather?
Yes, they can be comfortable in any climate. Their coats protect them from both the hot and the cold which is why it is important to NEVER shave them. While they can withstand any reasonable temperature, they are creatures of comfort and if their human is hot, they are likely hot too.
17) Are there Alaskan Klee Kai rescue?
Since the breed is highly protected there are few surrendered to rescue, however, the Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue is a fantastic resource for helping Klee Kai in need.
18) How many Alaskan Klee Kai breeders?
There are approximately 50 AKKAOA breeders worldwide. Most are located in the USA. AKKAOA breeders have all agreed to follow a Code of Ethics that describe good breeding habits. The club believes it is important to be accountable for producing healthy, purebred dogs in a clean and safe environment.
Alaskan Klee Kai are often confused for Alaskan or Siberian Husky puppies. However, they are a unique breed separate to their larger relatives. Ranging between 10 inches and 17 inches tall, this breed is a pint-sized Husky. Alaskan Klee Kai come in much the same colours of Alaskan and Siberian Huskies, sporting a white, black and white, red and white or grey and white coat. This breed, which orginated in Alaska, have striking eyes, too. Whether they have blue, brown or bi eyes, this breed is breathtaking.
These little dogs are extremely loyal to their owners. Once bonded with their handler, they will continuously stay by their side around the house or seek them out when momentarily separated. Given their heritage lies with sled dogs, Alaskan Klee Kai are pack-driven pets and love to be part of a human family. As a result, they will show their pack members a lot of affection. Be prepared for plenty of cuddles on the couch or in bed. While Klee Kai make great companions, they are are skittish and wary of strangers. It is a good idea to socialise your Alaskan Klee Kai as much as possible from a young age.
Perfect for an apartment
While Alaskan and Siberian Huskies take up a lot of space and may not be suitable for smaller homes, Alaskan Klee Kai provide a viable option for those who live in apartments or modest houses given their size. This mesmerizing breed doesn’t require too much exercise, although regular walks or daily visits to the dog park are recommended to ensure your Klee Kai remains healthy. These dogs do well as pairs, chasing each other around the house and keeping each other busy.
Love to talk
If you like to talk, then this is the breed for you! Alaskan Klee Kai are very vocal dogs and won’t be afraid to tell you off if they’re unhappy. While the breed aren’t excessive barkers, they do like to converse with their owners, whether it be demanding a treat, voicing dissent at a command or showing affection. There are a number of different sounds that they will make – a sharp bark or a howl. Each Alaskan Klee Kai will have its own distinct little voice.
These dogs are highly intelligent so require training from a young age to ensure they don’t control the household. However, their intelligence is a positive as the breed tend to be quick learners. The fact that Alaskan Klee Kai are eager to please should make the task even easier. They also do well when it comes to agility and obedience training.
These dogs quickly achieve celebrity status – and no, we’re not talking about Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’s two Alaskan Klee Kai. The breed is so unique in size, so breathtaking in beauty and undeniably charming in personality that they attract a lot of attention. Whether it be a trip to your local grocery store, play time at the dog park or even a visit to the dreaded vet, be prepared to answer lots of questions about breed. If you crave a quiet, unassuming life then the Alaskan Klee Kai probably isn’t the breed for you.
Alaskan Klee Kai are reasonably expensive dogs. While you can find Klee Kai pups available on generic websites for less than the market value, we recommend searching out a respected breeder. Usually, such a breeder will require you to answer a questionnaire before placing you on a waitlist. These dogs usually cost between $1800 and $3500, although the average price does vary among different breeders. Furthermore, the coat colour or the eye colour could also push the price up.
Given these dogs love companionship, they can suffer badly with separation anxiety. A large portion of Alaskan Klee Kai owners will attest to their pup having suffered with varying degrees of separation anxiety at some point. This occurs when Klee Kai are separated from their owners. Some suffer longer than others: it could be five minutes or an hour.
An alternative step could well be a dog trainer, perhaps someone with experience with this particular issue. Simple fixes could include leaving the television or radio on and using essential oils and an oil diffuser.
The symptoms of separation anxiety include excessive barking or howling, chewing and shredding clothing items or blankets and urinating or defecating. There are a number of different methods that could be used to ease your Klee Kai’s separation anxiety, including a dog camera.
If you don’t like vacuuming, you might struggle when it comes to owning an Alaskan Klee Kai. This breed does shed a lot and the clean up operation can become a daily routine. Klee Kai have an inner and outer coat. The inner coat will blow out twice a year, which can be a particularly challenging time. However, these Mini Huskies will shed throughout the year, often creating a whole new Klee Kai with just their shedded hair after a week of neglecting your vacuum duties. Regular grooming is recommended to keep this issue under control.
As we mentioned above, these dogs are highly intelligent. The downside is these smart pooches are expert escape artists. If they is a way to escape the house or the yard, there is a pretty good chance they will find it. As a result, it is recommended that you have secure fencing to ensure your precious Alaskan Klee Kai doesn’t go missing. They are quite adept at scaling small fences too, while they like to dig so could find a route underneath a fence. Precautions are required. They don’t do well off leash either. Alaskan Klee Kai are prey driven and will chase small animals, such as squirrels and birds. Keeping your Alaskan Klee Kai leash is the safest option when it comes to this breed.
The positives far outweigh the negatives when it comes to Alaskan Klee Kai. If you’re willing to put in the hard work when it comes to puppy manners, socialisation and dog training, you will have a brilliant dog to keep you company. They are very affectionate, love human interaction and can even talk to you. While you should be prepared to get a lot of attention from bystanders when out and about, the sight of seeing a stranger’s face light up at the sight of your loveable pooch should be a source of joy. They really do put smiles on faces. No matter how loyal you believe your Alaskan Klee Kai is, you should never allow it off the leash as it only takes one time for an unfortunate accident to happen. Indeed, the biggest killer of this breed are car accidents.
Alaskan Klee Kai are a breathtaking breed that are growing in popularity.
While there are thought to be around 15,000 in the United States, Alaskan Klee Kai do remain quite rare.
But Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and her musician husband Joe Jonas have ensure these dogs have been getting more attention on social media.
Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the hit HBO show, had an adorable black and white Alaskan Klee Kai called Porky Basquiat.
Not to be left out, Jonas adopted Porky Basquiat’s black and white brother in 2017 to reunite the siblings.
Given the breed’s newfound fame on Instagram, Alaskan Klee Kai are sure to grow in numbers in the coming years.
However, as any Alaskan Klee Kai owners will attest to, these dogs are all celebrities when out and about.
There variety of colors and striking eyes ensure plenty of attention and questions.
The Alasklan Klee Kai
The breed started in Alaska in 1980s. Linda Spurlin was responsible for creating the Alaskan Klee Kai. She predominantly used Alaskan Huskies, alongside some Siberian Huskies, which explains why these adorable little dogs look like pint-sized sled dogs. Spurlin added a dash of the small Belgian breed called Schipperke to help reduce the size of Alaskan Klee Kai. The final type of dog used to help create these Mini Huskies were the American Eskimo Dog. Alaskan Klee Kai was officially recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1997.
Alaskan Klee Kai colors
Alaskan Klee Kai come in four different colors. Even within these four main colors, there are two sub categories to ensure there is a lot of variety within the breed.
The first shade of Klee Kai is black and white, which is one of the more common colors of the breed.
However, the black and white color can be found in two different varieties: jet black/stark black and white or dilute black/salt and pepper black and white.
The black and white Alaskan Klee Kai share the same appearance traits of Alaskan and Siberian Huskies. Hence, if you adopt one in this color, be prepared to be asked many times whether your Klee Kai is a baby husky.
Another popular color is gray and white. Like the black and white Alaskan Klee Kai, they look very similar to Alaskan and Siberian Huskies. You tend to find either a dark/wolf grey and white or light/silver and white Klee Kai.
Like their sled dog relatives, Alaskan Klee Kai can also be found with a red and white coat. These dogs can stand out a lot, particularly when their blue eyes contrast against their red coats.
Some of these red and white Klee Kai dogs have a dark red and white color, but their coat can be interspersed with different shades of red, resulting in the cinnamon red and white members of the breed.
Finally, there is the albino/all white Alaskan Klee Kai. These dogs have a beautiful white coat that will allow their eyes to pop.
However, these all-white Mini Huskies will often be confused with other breeds, including the American Eskimo dogs, Samoyeds or baby Alaskan or Siberian huskies.
Given the Alaskan Klee Kai remains a relatively new type of dog, breeders will often refuse to predict the color or the size of a potential litter given the variety.
Indeed, while these four main colors are the traditional shades of the breed, Alaskan Klee Kai can often be almost all black with a little splash of white in their coat. Others can be a combination of black, red and white if one of their parents was a red coated dog.
Breeders could vary their prices depending on the color of an Alaskan Klee Kai pup’s coat, with red and white and all white can sometimes be a little bit more expensive.
It is worth noting that white Alaskan Klee Kai can’t be shown in conformation in United States.
Alaskan Klee Kai eye colors
These eye-catching Mini Huskies already attract a lot of attention thanks to their beautiful coat colors and huge personalties.
But there is another element that makes these Alaskan Klee Kai dogs even more breathtaking.
Their eye color tends to vary from dog to dog, which makes this breed all the more unique.
The most common eye color is brown, which can really stand out against their beautiful coats.
Often earning them comparisons to White Walkers on Game Of Thrones, blue-eyed Alaskan Klee Kai have deep blue eyes that draw lots of attention from admirers.
Some will have bi eyes, with one eye sporting brown and the other boasting blue, while even within an individual eye, there is the possibility to have two different colors. This is called parti-eye.
The red and white Alaskan Klee Kai can even have amber or green eyes, which gives them a festive theme given their gorgeous red coats.
Potential problems with Alaskan Klee Kai eyes
Alaskan Klee Kai are generally healthy dogs but like any breed, they do come with some health problems.
One of the potential health issues is Juvenile Cataracts, which can affect the eyes of these Mini Huskies. This occurs when an eye loses transparency of the lens.
Juvenile Cataracts could be the result of an injury to the eye, poor nutrition, old age or diabetes mellitus.
Of course, we recommend consulting with your vet if you are concerned about your dog’s declining vision.
The one problem with Alaskan Klee Kai coats
While these dogs have stunning coat colors, they do have one notable problem: shedding.
This breed doer shed a lot and be prepared to clean up a lot of hair despite their size.
Alaskan Klee Kai have an inner coat and an outer coat.
The inner coat will blow out twice a year, which can be a particularly challenging time for an owner of these Mini Huskies.
The outer coat will continue to shed throughout the year, which means regular grooming and frequent vacuuming is a must with these dogs.