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Weight: 10-20 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Alaskan Klee Kai is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 10-16 years
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively healthy breed which does not have many health conditions that affect them. While this is thanks to responsible breeding, unfortunately, poor breeding does occur, and this means that puppies are more likely to have genetic and inherited problems that complicate their health and lead to a shorter lifespan.
Some of the possible conditions that you need to watch out for in your Alaskan Klee Kai include liver disease, patellar luxation, thyroid disease, heart conditions, factor VII deficiency, cataracts, and pyometra.
Liver disease is a concern in the Alaskan Klee Kai and you need to make sure you properly monitor your pup and have the appropriate tests performed when a problem arises. Liver disease can range from something simple to something much more serious.
Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee cap and occurs when there is an injury or trauma to the area. It is important that once you notice your pup’s knee is out of place, it is corrected. This condition causes pain and can lead to lameness in the limbs.
Thyroid disease is something that needs to be addressed and is usually treated with medication and a change in your pup’s diet. When the thyroid does not function properly, you will notice that your pup either gains a lot of weight and becomes obese or has trouble gaining weight.
Heart conditions can range in severity from a simple heart murmur to something more serious such as heart disease. You want to make sure that your pup is properly screened and monitored to ensure that he or she does not have any heart conditions.
Factor VII deficiency occurs when your pup’s body does not make enough factor VII protein. This can cause trouble with blood coagulation, and your pup may bleed profusely from injuries or surgeries.
Cataracts can lead to blindness in your pup and may affect one or both of the eyes. Cataracts can sometimes be corrected, but most of the time they cannot. Your pup may be born with cataracts, but it is more likely that he or she will develop them over time.
Lastly, your pup may have pyometra, which occurs when there is an infection in the reproductive tract of the female dog.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Alaskan Klee Kai makes an awesome watch dog and will protect your family should an intruder or stranger approach your home. You will find that this breed likes to howl out loud, but does not bark very much in addition to the howling episodes.
This breed gets along well with older children but does not always do well with smaller children, so you should avoid having young children and an Alaskan Klee Kai in the same home.
You will find this breed becomes attached to his or her owner, and while he or she acts as a watchdog, he or she is people shy.
This breed is perfect for active owners because he or she likes to go outside and play often. You need to provide your pup with exercise daily, a game or two, and some walks. When it comes to playing outside, make sure your fence is secure because the Alaskan Klee Kai is an escape artist who may dig under the fence.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is considered easy to groom and will not be a problem for you to handle. In fact, you only need to brush your pup occasionally to remove loose hairs and to get rid of any debris. Your Alaskan Klee Kai will only shed a little bit. If you want to minimize the shedding, simply brush your pup more often. This breed does not need to be groomed or stripped, so you do not have to worry about monthly trips to the groomer.
You only need to bathe your pup when it is required, but you should clean his or her ears at least once per week to ensure that he or she does not get an infection. You also need to trim your pup’s nails once per month to keep them at a healthy length.
Your Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will consume anywhere between 3/4 cup to 1.5 cups of dry food per day. Be sure to choose a high-quality dry kibble for your puppy. High quality foods will contain the vitamins and nutrients that your pup needs to thrive.
If you are unsure of what brand to choose, ask your veterinarian for his recommendation. You should choose a food that contains wholesome ingredients and is not filled with by products and chemicals.
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An Alaskan Klee Kai puppy will cost you approximately $1,250. It is unlikely that you will find this pup in a shelter, but if you do, you can expect to pay about $200 in adoption fees.
When it comes to the cost of your new puppy, it is important to keep in mind that cost is not a determining factor in the health of your pup. A healthy puppy could cost less than an unhealthy pup in some cases.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Alaskan Klee Kai makes a good pet for a home with there are older children. This pup will do best in a home where everyone is active since he or she likes to go outside and play. You may have a little bit of trouble training this breed, but it should not be overly difficult. This breed ranks a 2.
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