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Alaskan Klee Kai Informative Blog

Whether you are thinking of purchasing a klee kai puppy, already have one, or just love the breed these blogs will be extremely informative and fun. Our blog posts are all about how to care for a klee kai, about our company Kika Klee Kai, and mostly they are full of just generally adorable and cute klee kai information. Read our blog posts to learn more about the klee kai breed and check back often for more!

Two Alaskan Klee Kai dogs from Kika's Klee Kai

If you are thinking about getting an Alaskan Klee Kai, then one question you most likely have is how big do Alaskan Klee Kai get? If you are already the proud owner of an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy then you may be asking your breeder, what size will my Alaskan Klee Kai be full grown? Most people are not referring to height when they are asking about the Klee Kai size, they want to know how much their Klee Kai will weigh. Which makes sense because, this breed is the perfect apartment size dog breed and most apartments have weight restrictions for pets, not height restrictions.

The Alaskan Klee Kai come in 3 sizes. Toy, Miniature and Standard. The Alaskan Klee Kai are intended to remain a small to medium sized dog. The 3 sizes are distinguished by their height, not by their weight. We are often asked how much a toy size Klee Kai will weigh full grown. Since the size of the Klee Kai is not determined by their weight, but rather their height, we can only give an educated guess based on the puppies appearance and our experience over the last 16 years. We did...

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Klee Kai dog licking nose

So you’ve decided to get an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy. Wheeeeee! We’re so excited for you. We fell in love with this intelligent and adorable breed years ago, and we absolutely love connecting our puppies with their new owners. We’ve been in the business so long, in fact, that we have a lot of information on Alaskan Klee Kai. One of the most helpful things we can share is how to prepare for adopting your new puppy.

We also go over this in depth on this page of our website. Feel free to check it out for even more information!

There are lots of things you should know when you adopt an Alaskan Klee Kai puppy, especially if you haven’t owned dogs before, or if you haven’t owned this breed before.

FOOD

Here at Kika’s Klee Kai we feed our puppies Pro Plan Focus, and our adults...

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small black and white Klee Kai puppy

Alaskan Klee Kai puppies are some of the cutest, sweetest, wiliest and most fun dogs out there. They are an absolute blast to play with and it’s really easy to fall in love with them quickly. Like any animal, however, Alaskan Klee Kai require considerable attention and training. Here are ten fun facts about our favorite dog breed:

  • Alaskan Klee Kai are a fairly new breed; they have only been around since the 1970s. The Alaskan Klee Kai breed is the result of Linda Spurlin breeding Alaskan husky dogs with other smaller breed dogs and extensively propagated the breed through culling and reproductive controls.

  • “Klee Kai” means “small dog” in the Inuit language; Alaskan Klee Kai are recognized by the American Rare Breed Association and the United Kennel Club (the 2nd largest dog breed registering body in the United States.)

  • Alaskan Klee Kai have proven quite successful in agility trials, due to their intelligence and strength.

  • The temperament of an Alaskan Klee Kai suggests that they have a very strong...

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Desarie holding a klee kai puppy from Kika's Klee Kai

Who we are...

We are a family oriented breeder of the Alaskan Klee Kai located in Southern California. The first time we caught glimpse of this amazing breed we just knew we had to add an Alaskan Klee Kai to our family. After obsessing over these beautiful little huskies and reaching out to several different klee kai breeders. We finally found a wonderful breeder named Andrea Hays and after what seemed like forever, we finally brought Kika home in August 2003. Over the last 16 years we have shown our dogs in conformation shows with UKC and ARBA all over the United States. We have produced multiple Best in Show Klee Kai, competed in UKC's Top Ten competition in Michigan State for several years before taking some time off to focus on family and give birth to our youngest son. Desarie has previously served on the Board of Directors for UAKKA, served as the Breed Club President for UAKKA and was on the show committee for both UAKKA and AKKAOA.

We pride ourselves on the health, temperament, socialization and overall quality of our puppies. With...

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four Klee Kai dogs on playground toy

Socializing Your Alaskan Klee Kai

When you hear the word “socialize” you likely think of helping your alaskan klee kai puppy learn to play with other dogs, but puppy socialization includes much more than that! Socialization is all about helping your pup navigate the world safely. This includes everything from meeting new dogs to encountering unfamiliar situations and handling them calmly. We created this handy guide on how to socialize a puppy. These tips are sure to help guide your pup’s social development.

Why it’s Important to Socialize Your Alaskan Klee Kai Puppy

Socializing your pup is critical for developing a well-rounded, even-tempered, patient companion. Just like people, dogs tend to fear what they don’t understand, so the more you can help your pup understand, the better! This will help him feel confident and give and him the tools he needs to navigate unfamiliar situations. As a result, he’ll be tolerant and calm when encountering new people, sounds, smells, environments, and more. A well-socialized dog is less...

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Klee Kai puppy from Kika's Klee Kai

Very small dogs are becoming more popular amongst pet owners. A striking example is with Alaskan Klee Kai and Miniature Huskies, And while these smaller forms can be quite similar, they are actually of different breeds. The Alaskan Klee Kai has been around much longer than the Miniature Husky.

Alaskan Klee Kai

As for Alaskan Klee Kai, they are a breed of their own. The breed was created by Linda Spurlin in the late 1970’s. She used 4 breeds through selective breeding and 20 years of dedication to achieve the look she visioned, a miniature version of the husky. The 4 breeds are Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, Schipperke and American Eskimo. The Alaskan Klee Kai became a recognized breed in 1997 with the United Kennel Club (UKC) and The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA). They usually weight between 10 to 25 pounds and come in a variety of colors. What is more, they tend to resemble Siberian Huskies more than Alaskan huskies.

Klee Kai are also bred in three different sizes. They are as follows:

Standard (15 to 17.5 inches)Miniature (13...

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klee kai puppy in water from Kika's Klee Kai

I have frequently been asked how the Alaskan Klee Kai tolerate the heat. Northern breeds, such as the Alaskan Klee Kai have a double coat; an undercoat that is short and soft and an outer coat that is made of longer guard hairs. This double coat allows them to have thermal protection from extreme hot and cold weather.

They adapt to the climate they are in, therefore a dog that lives in a colder climate will generally have a thicker undercoat than a dog that lives in a warmer climate. I have purchased adult dogs from breeders that live in cold climates and notice that when they shed or blow their undercoat it doesn't grow back as thick as it was when they lived in a colder area. They do blow their coats twice a year regardless of where they live.

We are located in Southern California and it can get pretty warm during the summer months. Our dogs don't seem too bothered by the heat and lots of time they prefer lay out in the sun instead of in the shade. They will play in their water bowl or get their feet wet in the pool occasionally. Dogs do not sweat like people do;...

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