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Standard Size Alaskan Klee Kai - KooperMeet the Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai breed is truly unlike any other. Their owners go to great lengths to outsmart them and spend a great deal of time trying to understand some of the quirky things they do. Even seasoned dog trainers have been frustrated when they're normal methods don't seem to work with this breed. When dealing with a Klee Kai you have to be prepared to think outside the box and just accept that they don't always make sense.

The Breed Standards says they are a miniature version of the Alaskan Husky, which isn't exactly correct. When the breed was developed, their developer, Linda Spurlin, sought to create a lap-sized version of the Alaskan Husky used in sled racing that she grew up with. That was the vision that inspired her to create the breed and it may be that the Alaskan Husky's of her time more closely resembled what we generally think of as a "husky". However, Alaskan Huskies are not a breed of dog, but a type of dog, much like the term "Husky" can refer to several breeds of dogs: Siberian Husky, Malamute, Samoyed, American Eskimo Dogs, and more. Alaskan Huskies fall short of being a breed in that there is no preferred type and no restriction as to ancestry; it is defined only by its purpose, which is that of a highly efficient sled dog. What this means is that they are a mixed breed of dog, which may or may not even look like a "husky," but are very good sled dogs. So in a sense saying that an Alaskan Klee Kai is a miniature Alaskan husky is like saying they are a miniature mutt who would be amazing at pulling a very small sled. After 30 years of selective breeding that would be an insulAlaskan Klee Kai WOW's Mystique - 6 weekst to the breeders who have worked so hard in the development of this breed and continue to shape its future. 

The Alaskan Klee Kai is very much is own breed at this point. At first glance they may appear to be miniature Siberian huskies, or what we Klee Kai owners hear all the time, miniature wolves or tame coyotes, but their personality is very unique to their breed. They are utterly devoted to their family and "pack". They have a strong pack instinct and will create a pack for themselves using whatever is available to them. This means the humans of their household, other dogs that reside with them, even a cat if the cat is so willing. With their family, they are loving and exuberant companions, but weary of strangers and take a great deal of socializing to to become social with people outside their pack. Even then, their attitude towards those outside the pack may best be described as aloof. Much like a cat. If the strangers want to pet the Klee Kai the Klee Kai is not interested, if they ignore the Klee Kai it may suddenly demand pets or from a shy dog, it may suddenly want to sniff and lick their hand.

Its important to understand that when I say stranger, I mean it by the Klee Kai definition. To a Klee Kai, anyone who doesn't interact with them on a daily basis is a stranger. It may be your mother, brother, cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband/wife who is serving overseas etc. To your Klee Kai, even though they've met them countless times before, they are not a member of the pack, and therefore a stranger. A well socialized Klee Kai should be able to interact in any social situation, meeting new people and allowing them to pet them without overt fear or no signs of aggression. By nature they are very shy dogs, but should not be aggressive. Many Klee Kai breeders are currently working to improve the temperaments of the breed to be more friendly and thus easier for new owners to socialize.

The breed has a high prey drive and will hunt and kill smaller animals. Those raised with cats accept them as part of the family, but those who have not should not be trusted with them. I personally wouldn't trust any of my dogs with any type of rabbit, bird, or rodent, raised with them or not. This is also something to be aware of when walking your Klee Kai. Given the chance they will take after any small animal or bug. This can mean them jerking the leash out of your hand, or if not leashed allow them to take off into the brush or into a road after their prey. For this reason, regardless of how well trained they are, they should never be trusted off leashed except in a confined area.Alaskan Klee Kai - Kukai