Known as the “Husky Lite”, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a spitz-type breed that is best described as the Siberian Husky in miniature. At barely 17 inches tall, these spritely pups could easily fit in your lap, but they’d much rather play in the yard with their family.
Like the Husky and other Spitz-type dogs, Alaskan Klee Kais are active, high-energy dogs who do best with active families. Though, unlike its larger cousins, the Alaskan Klee Kai won't be pulling a sled anytime soon. But that doesn't mean Klee Kais aren’t keen athletes - they are lightning fast, and excel at agility competitions, and obedience training.
Due to its speed, and the prey drive inherited from its ancestors, the Alaskan Klee Kai cannot be off a leash when not fenced in. Klee Kai tend to be quite vocal, which may cause issues for apartment families.
Alaskan Klee Kai are high-spirited, happy-go-lucky family dogs who get along with everyone they meet. If you’re looking for a lap dog with the heart of a sled dog, the Alaskan Klee Kai is the puppy for you.
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The American Eskimo Dog, affectionately called the “Eskie,” is neither American nor Eskimo – they descended from the German Spitz and were brought to America by European immigrants. In the 1930’s, they were trained by the circus to walk tight-ropes and sold as pets after the shows. Today, these dogs are well known for their agility and intelligence, and make great family pets. They come in three different varieties (toy, miniature and standard) and are easily adaptable to any living space.
Siberian Huskies are strong, hard-working dogs. As their name suggests, they come originally from Northeast Siberia, where they were bred to withstand extreme arctic conditions, and they came to the United States by way of Alaska in the early 1900s. Huskies are best known for their job as sled dogs, and their love to be outdoors in the cold weather. They love children and make excellent family pets. While highly intelligent, these dogs also have a mind of their own and may require some patience while training. Huskies are medium sized, and typically weigh in at around 40-50 lbs.