Alaskan Klee Kai sizes and colors

Klee Kai Sizes

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 a study on Alaskan Klee Kai weights of dogs we own or produced and will share the weight ranges for each size.

You would think the size of the pup would be based on the size of the parents. However, this is not necessarily the case. Alaskan Klee Kai breeders, as myself, will often breed a Toy to a Miniature, Miniature to a Standard and even a Toy to a Standard. Because the Alaskan Klee Kai are not only bred within their own size/variety (toy bred to toy, mini bred to mini and standard bred to standard) we are able to produce all 3 sizes of puppies even in the same litter. Additionally two standard size Klee Kai parents can produce toy size puppies and two toy size klee kai parents can produce standard size puppies.

black grey and white Klee Kai being held on leash by man wearing black pants

Standard Alaskan Klee Kai

The standard size Alaskan Klee Kai are the largest of the three sizes of this miniature husky breed. They range from 15-17.5” tall. Last year UKC revised our breed standard slightly to make the standard size 15-17” tall. Alaskan Klee kai over 17” and up to 17.5” tall are considered a fault in the breed, but are still considered standard klee kai. The height is measured from the top of their shoulders to the ground. Based on my own study, a standard size klee kai will weigh 17-22 lbs when they reach full maturity at 2 years old. The average weight for the standard size Klee Kai in my study was 19.5 lbs. I would also like to note that male Alaskan Klee Kai are not always bigger than female Alaskan Klee Kai. For comparison purposes, According to the American Kennel Club, a Shiba Inu weighs 17-23 lbs and an Alaskan Malamute weighs 75-85 lbs.

  • grey and white Klee Kai standing with people from Kika's Klee Kai

Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai

The Miniature size Alaskan Klee Kai are the middle of the road for the Klee Kai. The height of the miniature is over 13” and up to 15” tall, again from the top of theirshoulders to the ground. Based on my Klee Kai weight comparison, a miniature size klee kai will weigh 13-18 lbs when they are fully mature, at 2 years old. The average weight for the miniature size klee kai in my study was 16.5 lbs. So for comparison purposes, according to the American Kennel Club, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel weighs between 13-18 lbs and a Siberian Husky weighs between 35-60 lbs.

black and white Klee Kai from Kika's Klee Kai

Toy Alaskan Klee Kai

The toy size Alaskan Klee Kai are the smallest size for this eye catching breed. The toy size klee kai are up to 13” tall from the ground to the top of their shoulders. Again based on my own klee kai study, a toy size alaskan klee kai can weigh 8-14 lbs at full maturity. The average weight of the toy size klee kai in my study was 12.6 lbs. For comparison, lets look at other toy size dog breeds. According to the American Kennel Club a miniature pinscher is 8-10 lbs. A maltese is under 7 lbs, a havanese is 7-13 lbs and a chihuahua is under 6 lbs.

Alaskan Klee Kai Size Overview

  • Standard: Over 15” up to 17” tall and weighing 17-22 lbs. Over 17”-17.5” tall is still considered a standard size, however breeders should take strict view of these serious faults in their breeding program.
  • Miniature: Over 13” up to 15” tall and weighing 13-18 lbs.
  • Toy: Up to and including 13” tall and weighing 8-14 lbs.