Alaskan Klee Kai

Hi just thought i'd post a few pics of my pup Kya…..
1st one starting the first day we brought her home and ended up to the present day where in the pic she is just under a year old lol
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What a little love.

Rita Jean

I want to take that little girl home!!

hahaha thanks for ur comments she knows it tho…... but i think she will look better with a basenji next to her in the pic lol

Kya is beautiful, i have never seen one before

She is a beauty. I have a special spot in my heart for the sled dogs. I have had 3 elkhounds. They are not very happy here in florida. My last elkie passed in August 08 at age 14. Have two basenji's and a catahoula lepoard mix we saved his life at 8 weeks from our kill shelter he was scheduled to be put down in a few days. He turned 1 yesterday. Now we have a cata what???
He's been a good boy My husband a 30+ year basenji owner has had fun having a dog that will play. He catches anything you can throw, ball, frisbee, bubbles Need to channel that ability into something constructive for him Enjoy your baby if they are like most sled dogs they don't really grow up till they are 2

Have you got a pic of your cata what basenji3 ?

She said Catahoula. I think Leopard refers to the markings, but could be wrong. Pretty dog.
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@basenji3:

She is a beauty. I have a special spot in my heart for the sled dogs. I have had 3 elkhounds. They are not very happy here in florida. My last elkie passed in August 08 at age 14. Have two basenji's and a catahoula lepoard mix we saved his life at 8 weeks from our kill shelter he was scheduled to be put down in a few days. He turned 1 yesterday. Now we have a cata what???
He's been a good boy My husband a 30+ year basenji owner has had fun having a dog that will play. He catches anything you can throw, ball, frisbee, bubbles Need to channel that ability into something constructive for him Enjoy your baby if they are like most sled dogs they don't really grow up till they are 2

hahaha she isnt a sled dog lol she is alot smaller than them lol she is about a inch maybe to smaller than a basenji at the weithers lol

@AJs:

She said Catahoula. I think Leopard refers to the markings, but could be wrong. Pretty dog.

Great markings!

We met a Klee Kai a couple of years ago, mostly white "miniature husky". It was a darling thing much smaller than a standard sized basenji. Yours really looks like a husky, and is just adorable.

Klee Kai have 3 sizes, Toy, miniature, and standard. A standard can be up to 17 inches at the withers so basenji sized.

They ARE adorable, but I must ask…. at the risk of, but not the desire to, offending ....

does this "breed" not fall into the category of the "designer dogs" that so many here often object to so strenuously? It IS a recently "developed" breed {1970's} designed to give people smaller huskies essentially.

Houston

She is the cutest..the picture of her on your couch, the first day you had her, I swear she looks like a toy dog..so cute..

@JazzysMom:

They ARE adorable, but I must ask…. at the risk of, but not the desire to, offending ....

does this "breed" not fall into the category of the "designer dogs" that so many here often object to so strenuously? It IS a recently "developed" breed {1970's} designed to give people smaller huskies essentially.

I think the difference is the Klee Klai was bred to a "type" unlike the majority of designer dogs which are mixed breeds ranging from first to multiple generation crosses and do not conform to a recognizable standard.

We saw a TV show about them. My husband loves husky's but they are so big. This would be more my size. I am not sure if they fall under "designer" or not. Was it a husky that was bred smaller?

Whatever they are, they are adorable.

The difference between new breeds like the Klee Kai and Silken Windhound and designer dogs is that the breed developers have worked hard over many generations to develop dogs that breed true to type not just randomly crossing two pure bred dogs and giving the pups a cutesy name. Both the Klee Kai and Silken Windhound combined several existing breeds to develop a specific look and then worked to get dogs that consistently produced the desired type. The founders of these breeds have kept extensive records about health, temperament, conformation, etc that they have observed as they developed the breed.

@dash:

We saw a TV show about them. My husband loves husky's but they are so big. This would be more my size. I am not sure if they fall under "designer" or not. Was it a husky that was bred smaller?

Whatever they are, they are adorable.

They are a mix of Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, Schipperke and American Eskimo Dog. The breed development began in the '70's so - for me- that's not an awful lot of generations for developing the look and then working on type consistency, though for some it may be.
While they thought to be a reasonably genetically healthy breed, much is yet unknown as the breed is still fairly new. They are known to have issues with Juvenile Cataracts, Pyometra, cardiac issues, liver disease,thyroid problems, Factor VII deficiency {which can lead to abnormal bleeding}, among other things, and they tend to be abnormally shy.
My dd was looking into getting one last year. I have to admit, after looking into it with her, I discouraged it . . . . :-/.

Though, like I said, they are darned adorable!!

Actually 30-40 years is alot of generations for a breed to develop consistency. As for the list of health issues, Pyometra can and does occur in all breeds especially if females are kept intact in their later years. Pyometra is more common in other breeds where they cycle more frequently than basenjis so the uterus get pounded with progesterone more often but it occurs in all breeds. They have a genetic test for Factor VII and are breeding away from it just like we are doing with Fanconi. Before they were accepted into UKC, the breed club required health testing to be done prior to breeding in order for the litter to registered. UKC does not allow this practice so when they were accepted in UKC they could no longer require the health testing but they do still strongly encourage it.

To me this is a huge difference from a designer breed.

Aren't many of our current dog breeds the result of planned combinations of other breeds? Dobermans, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, etc.? It seems that careful, deliberate breedings over several generations…rather than a first generation "mix" offered as a "New breed", is the difference between an planned new breed, and a designer dog.
JMHO!

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