Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: We Honor Mochi & Lilo the Alaskan Klee Kai
We always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige. Thanks Carrie, we are excited to spotlight your beautiful Alaskan Klee Kai's. Everyone say “Hello” by sending out warm barks and tail wags to Mochi & Lilo!
Height: Standard 15-17.5 inches (38-42 cm.), Miniature 13-15 inches (33-39 cm) Toy under 13 inches (33 cm.)
Weight: Standard 23 pounds (10 kg.), Miniature 15 pounds (7 kg.), Toy under 10 pounds (4.3 kg.)
Coat: The Alaskan Klee Kai coat is double and long enough to give a well- furred appearance that reminds you of its Alaskan Husky heritage. The undercoat is soft, dense, and the guard hairs of the outer coat are straight and neither harsh nor extremely soft.
Color: There are a variety of coat colors with shades of gray and white, black and white and even the very rare red and white.
Appearance: The Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky, and physically resembles the Siberian Husky. This is a northern breed of dog in the Spitz family. Spitz-type dogs have by long, thick, and usually white fur, and pointed ears and muzzles. Their thick and furry tail's are usually curled over the dog's back to either side when it is alert or on the move.
This smaller version of the Alaskan Husky has a wedge-shaped head and a stunning masked face, picked ears and a double coat. Back length is slightly longer than their height. The full face mask is what this breed is noted for. Their heads have a moderate stop, and the skull (slightly rounded and broad) and muzzle (well filled in under the eyes) taper toward to the nose forming a broad-based wedge. The lower jaw is strong and lips are closed tightly and usually black. Liver colored lips are seen in dogs with coats that are shades of red with white. The Alaskan Klee Kai teeth need to close in a scissors bite, no over bites or under bites.
Most Alaskan Klee Kai have solid black noses, however there are snow noses (pink streaked) and liver colored noses. Eyes are medium and can be seen in any color or color combination. There are different shaped eyes as well - almond, oval and round.
Alaskan Klee Kai ears are erect and pointing upward, and slightly larger in proportion to the size of the head. The leather is thick from tip to base, with ear tips slightly rounded. These dogs are very sensitive to sounds.
Temperament: Alaskan Klee Kai are highly curious, quick, very agile and active. Very alert dogs, they are extremely loyal, making them a good watch dog despite their smaller size. They are cautious and reserved with strangers and isn't fussy about unfamiliar situations. They are very affectionate with their family.
Health: The life expectancy for Alaskan Klee Kai is 14 years. While an amazingly hardy breed there has been concerns expressed about a hereditary bleeding disorder - hereditary FVII deficiency. Other than this disorder, this breed seems to fair very well in the health department.
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