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Frequently Asked Questions


 

How did they get them so small?
When the breed was just beginning, a Schipperke and an American Eskimo were used to bring the size of the Alaskan Husky down.   

Can you get a Alaskan Klee Kai with blue eyes?
Yes, Alaskan Klee Kai can have one or both blue eyes. They may also have an eye that is only part blue and the other part brown. This is called a "parti eye". There is nothing wrong with the eye: the dog can see perfectly clearly. This is a common trait in the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai and some other Blue eyed dog breeds. 

What Coat Colors do they come in 
Alaskan Klee Kai come in Black and White, Gray and White and Red and White.  There are sometimes also solid white puppies born but they are not allowed per breed standards and are not registerable or showable in comformation shows.  

How do Alaskan Klee Kai do in different temperatures?
Please read this page 

How are they with kids? 
Alaskan Klee Kai love kids and do great with them as long as the child has been taught to respect the dog and not tease it. These dogs are small enough that an out of control child could cause serious damage. Most Alaskan Klee Kai would give a child enough leeway that the child could cause serious damage before the dog could run. Good owners make good dogs. They do seem to have this sixth sense about the intentions of a child and will usually avoid a child with bad intentions. 

Is a yard big enough for a Alaskan Klee Kai?
Yes, even though they require a lot of exercise, they will accomplish this in a nice sized yard. If there is more than one dog, they will play chase. If not, they will chase birds, shadows, grasshoppers, snakes, or anything else that looks like it should be chased. They can also be kept in an apartment, they were bred to be apartment sized huskies. 

Do they shed a lot?
Yes, they shed twice a year. They blow their coat each time and require plenty of brushing during this period. Of course when you are looking at a 10 to 20 pound dog, there isn't nearly as much hair as regular sized husky. 

How are they with other dogs?
My Alaskan Klee Kai have had no problems adapting to other Alaskan Klee Kai as well as Other breeds to include both larger and smaller dogs. 

How miniature are they? 
The average Alaskan Klee Kai is between 10 and 20 pounds, and 12 and 15 inches. 

Who should not own a Alaskan Klee Kai?
Anyone who can't stand hair should not have a Alaskan Klee Kai.  Anyone who can't be consistent should not own a Alaskan Klee Kai. Anyone who does not like to draw attention to themselves because everyone who sees a Alaskan Klee Kai wants to know what it is, where they can get one and how much they cost. 

Is this breed recognized by the AKC? 
We are currently working for AKC recognition.   The Alaskan Klee Kai are currently recognized by UKC and ARBA. 

General Health
These dogs have been remarkably free of genetic defects. We only allow serious breeders to buy un-neutered dogs. All puppies are sold on spay/neuter contracts, co-ownerships or to approved serious breeders. I believe that this is the reason for the lack of flaws. We have had an occasional undershot jaw, cryptorchidism and in the past there have been dogs that had to have baby teeth pulled that didn't come out. 

Sometimes shyness can be a problem. 

Careful attention must be paid to the patella. It is very easy to develop luxating patellas in the smaller dogs, therefore, extra care must be given to the possible tendencies in our breeding stock. You should check that any pup you are considering has had its parents screened for luxating patellas by a veterinarian.  

However, most breeders are very careful, and for this reason, Alaskan Klee Kai is remarkably problem free medically speaking.  If a breeder tells you otherwise, please check with their other lines or with other breeders.   As time goes on, we are hearing of more disorders occuring as the numbers of breeders and even the numbers of dogs appearing to be growing exponentially.   

* Cryptorchid/Monorchid * Patella Luxation * Heart Murmur-Innocent and Genetic * Elevated ALT * Juvenile Cellulitis (Puppy Strangles) * Portosystemic Shunt (Liver Shunt) * Juvenile Cataracts * Cleft Palettes * Factor VII (only one symptomatic but several in the affected category.)


We do transport puppies but not by postal service. 
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