The Alaskan Klee Kai (AKK) was developed in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family to be a companion sized version of the Alaskan Husky. From the early 70's through 1988 the Spurlins carefully selected dogs that met their standards for appearance and soundness. The first AKK to be sold outside of Alaska was in 1988. The AKK was recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1997.
Nicknamed the Alaskan Husky in Miniature, the AKK is a smaller version of its northern ancestors weighing an average of ten to 20 pounds. Despite its husky ancestry this newly developed breed is intended to pull heartstrings instead of sleds. Their smaller size and loyal and somewhat reserved personality make them a unique companion for those seeking a smaller northern breed.
The most distinctive characteristic of the AKK is the striking facial mask that must be clearly visible due to contrasting colors. The AKK also has prick ears and a well furred tail that curls over the back or to either side when the dog is alert or moving. They can be black & white, or shades of grey & white or red & white. They can be either short haired or full coated (long haired). Their eyes can be both blue, both brown, one of each or parti-colored and green in the red coated.
The AKK comes in three sizes. The Toy measures up to 13 inches from the withers to the ground. The Miniature is over 13 inches and up to 15 inches, and the Standard is over 15 inches but not more than 17 1/2 inches. His weight is proportionate to his height.
The overall appearance of the AKK reflects the breed's northern heritage. He is very curious, active, quick and agile. He is loyal and affectionate with family members, but can be reserved and cautious with strangers and in unfamiliar situations. Obedience training is highly recommended for socialization.
The AKK has a high energy level and due to its heavy double coat, sheds continuously and "blows" coat twice a year. Therefore an AKK may not be an ideal choice for everyone. However, if in an appropriate home, the AKK can be a wonderful and loving companion. Because of their size, these dogs can live in an apartment, but a home with at least a small, well fenced yard is recommended. They should be exercised regularly, however, they are not as dependent on exercise as their larger relatives. Because of the small litters (usually 1-3 puppies) and the increasing popularity of the AKK, most likely you will be put on a waiting list for a puppy. It might be a long wait, usually depends on your preference of gender, coat and eye color. They are very well worth the wait.
AKK are very smart, quick to learn, playful and love to please their owners and he will bring you great joy and happiness...
Climbing--Oh Yes..I have had a few that could climb a 6 foot chain link fence like they were climbing a ladder..They were very good at it.
Barking-I don't think AKK bark anymore than any other breed but they can surely talk and make you understand what they want..
Digging-No more then the Siberians I use to have...
Shedding-AKK "Blow" their coat twice a year just like their ancesters. Regular brushing cuts down on the shedding. I have also noticed that the "Full Coated" or "Long Haired" coats do not shed as much as the "Shorter" coated dogs.
Doggy Odor- The AKK is a Northern Breed, and Northern Breeds do not have the famous "Doggy Odor".
Grooming- Akk do not require alot of grooming. Since their is no odor, they don't have to be bathed as often as other breeds. I use baby wipes to clean faces and feet as needed. AKK are very clean lil critters.
Trimming- The only part of a AKK that needs trimming is between the padds of the feet. It must be kept clear of hair to prevent anything from lodging between the pads.
Trainning-AKK are very smart and can be taught anything, just as any other breed... it takes time and patience. They are also known to be very head strong.
Running & Exercise-I think this depends on the dog, I have had some that would rather be outside all of the time and some that are truly house dogs. They all need their exercise, some more than others.
First and foremost, please remember if something should ever happen and you are not able to care for or keep your Sibridge baby, please let us know and return it to us. We will make arrangements for this baby. We are the breeders and feel responsible for every life we bring into this world.
We have put together this information from experience in hopes it will help you get your baby trained and it will become a valued member of your family.
Also remember, we have a Face Book Group for our owners, if you have not been added please let me know. This is a group for Sibridge Family members only. You will be able to communicate with other Sibridge owners and keep up with your puppies siblings.
Always remember, if you have any problems or questions we are here for you. You are welcome to email, call, text or message us on FB..
UKC-Please take a few moments and fill out your pups UKC Registration papers and send them to the UKC. It is very important for the UKC to know the owners have changed and for your AKK to be accounted for and you as the registered owner. I will also add your puppy and your name only to our AKK Data Base. Again, I have supplied you with a pedigree of your dog going back to the original dogs that were used to make this beautiful bred by Linda Spurlin.
Microchip- Please be sure to register your puppies microchip. It’s a simple process and is $24.99 for a one time charge. Go to www.buddyid.com and fill out the information. My Provider ID # C28374 will be needed also. You have a card with this info in your puppy folder. Very important to get this done pretty soon.
Shots/Worming- Your puppy has been wormed since the age of 2 weeks, app. 7 times and is worm free at the 7/8 week old vet checked. Your pup has also had its first round of puppy shots. Your pup needs 4 sets of puppy shots. The second round being approximately 3 weeks after the first set, with the others being 3 weeks in between.
Please remember your pup does not need to be put on the ground anywhere until it has its 3/4th set of shots. Your vet can tell you when its safe. If you are sure your fenced in yard is free of all germs & diseases then use your judgment. Your pup can catch anything at this age so please be safe. You can carry them anywhere just don’t allow them to be on the ground. Please remember Dog Parks are the worse place to catch anything. Also vet offices, never let your pup be on the floor in any vet office.
Food- Your puppy is weaned on to Taste Of The Wild Pacific, this is not a puppy food but a all stage food. Protein level at 25% or less is best for your AKK, in food and treats. Your AKK is use to having food available all the time as we “Free Feed” all of our AKK. Some can be picky eaters but if you keep changing their food they will always be picky. When they are hungry they will eat. I do sometimes add a little low fat cottage cheese to the food if they are thin. Akk are known to be thin until spay/neutered.
Treats- Please be careful with the treats you purchase for your puppy. Remember a puppy has a small tummy so it doesn’t take much to be a treat. The safest is string cheese in moderation. Also a good brand treat name with 25% or less protein is best.
Bathing- Your AKK will have a bath right before he/she goes to his/her new home. Bathing does not need to be done on a regular basic. Your puppy will not have a “Doggie Odor”, he/she is a northern breed that has oils in the skin that repeals Odor and dirt. We use baby wipes to wipe the eyes and ears on a regular basics. If he/she gets muddy or dirty, let it dry and it will just brush off. The best shampoo we have found is a Paul Mitchell Pet Shampoo and Adams Shampoo…
Trimming- The only trimming that needs to be done is the hair on the bottom of the feet between the pads. This hair will grow and get pretty long if not trimmed. I use a beard trimmer and just shave it right off. It can be dangerous if not trimmed; things can get caught in the hair and cause discomfort.
Brushing- Regular brushing is a must for your AKK. We mostly use a shedding comb or a rake. Furminator brushes are very harsh on the AKK double coat, it cuts more than brushes. Remember your AKK sheds twice a year, from January to June and June to December. Some times are worse than others. Regular brushing will save you from vacuuming so much. Vacuuming is a daily chore here, just normal occurrence..
Nails- Your puppy is used to having his/her nails trimmed, always rub their feet and ears so they are used to it being touched. Trim the nails with regular toe nail clippers while small. You will need a regular pair of dog nail clippers as your puppy grows.
Reverse Sneezing- This seems to be a trait with the AKK. I have noticed that if you rub their throat it kind of eases the session. Also you can hold your hand in front of their nose and it seems to ease the session also. You can goggle this to see video’s…. Most of the time its nothing serious.
Sleeping- Your puppy has been crate trained for his/her safety. It is much safer for your baby and your house to be in a crate then to be running around your house unsupervised. When you have your baby at home for the first few nights, put his/hers crate by your bed where you can easily reach it. If and when they start to whine put your fingers inside the crate where they can feel and smell you, tell them its ok and its nighty time. Also never let your puppy out of the crate if they are screaming/crying. Make them be quiet if only for a few seconds before letting them out. . But if a pup learns that screaming gets it out of the crate it will continue to scream until you let it out. In my house no one gets out of their crate while they are screaming. They know they have to be quiet before I will open their door. It’s hard on your heart and deafening, but its worth it in the end.
Exercise- Always remember a tired puppy is a good puppy. Lots of exercise is usually a good thing. Always have your quiet time with the puppy in his crate where they can see you but not be bothered.
Jumping- It has been thought that a cat was used in the early days of developing this breed. The AKK can jump straight up to a kitchen counter or any height, if its intrigued to do so. Never underestimate the ability of an AKK. I have seen a few climb a 6 ft chain link fence like climbing a ladder.
Separation Anxiety or AKK Screaming-You have all probably heard about puppies crying because they are suffering from separation anxiety. I will admit that some dogs will exhibit this but not all dogs have this problem. So how do you know if your puppy is anxious or just behaving like a normal Alaskan Klee Kai? Most AKK scream, literally. They do it in protest, they do it in excitement, they do it in fear and distress. Alaskan Klee Kai are VERY vocal. They prefer to talk than to bark, that is not to say they don’t bark because they do, but they prefer to talk and scream. Now depending on your AKK’s voice the screaming can be bearable or so unbearable that you will wish you were deaf. AKK scream when you separate yourself from them, they scream when you come home and will jump all over you, they scream when you crate them and they would rather go for a walk. This is why it is good to have your AKK in a crate while in the room with you, so they are use to it and learn it is their safe personal space.
By the way, ‘Klee Kai’ is both singular and plural. There is no such thing as Klee Kais.
Potty Emergency-A puppy is only a baby. It cannot hold its bladder more than a couple of hours. When your pup needs to ’go’ it needs to go NOW. If I know I am going to be gone more than that couple of hours and no one else will be in the house then I put the pups in an ex-pen and leave them with food, water and a pee pad. I started teaching them to use the pee pads even before they opened their eyes and ears. As soon as I saw them leave their beds to relieve themselves when their mother wasn’t there I put the pee pad in the whelping box. They grew up using the pee pad. They will also use newspaper.
If your puppy is playing and having a ball don’t expect it to just drop it’s playing to run and find the pee pad. Watch and when you see it making circles with its nose to the ground grab it up, tuck its tail and take it to the place you want it to relieve itself.
Supplies- We buy TOTW food and treats at Tractor Supply and order mostly from Jeffers.com Hooves and bully sticks are the best for your puppy/dog. NEVER give them raw hide.
Spaying/Neutering- Altering your Sibridge AKK is required. We have learned that closer to 1 year old is best. Every dog has growth plates and its best to wait until these growth plates have closed and this is usually complete at 9 mts to 1 year old.
Sometimes a male takes a little longer for both testicles to descend, and sometimes only one does. In this case the descended testicle is withheld in the lower stomach area and must be found and removed at time of neutering. If left it can cause cancer after a few years.
Yearly Check Ups- When your AKK goes for a yearly checkup and the vet wants to do a blood panel, please remember that an AKK usually has a higher liver (ALT) level then most breeds. The AKK can be 3 times higher than a normal dog., And be fine. The AKK are a very different breed and I am sure within a few months of owning one you will agree…
Please always remember, your AKK should never be off leash outside a fenced area. It only takes once to be killed.