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                                The Klee Kai
                                      
Author

   Carroll L. Parkison
   Carroll's Klee Kai
   WACO WINN Line
   1108 NE Brown Rd.
   Washougal, WA 98671
   carrollp@teleport.com
   
Table of Contents

     * Description
     * History
     * Characteristics
     * Care and Training
     * General Health
     * Frequently Asked Questions
     * Klee Kai National Kennel Club and Rescue
     * Klee Kai National Kennel Club Standard 
       
     _________________________________________________________________
                                      
Description

   The Klee Kai was bred down from Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, along
   with the help of a Schipperke and American Eskimo to downsize without
   dwarfism. As such you will find the same characteristics as are found
   in the huskies. They are curious, tenacious, extremely strong for
   their size, crafty hunters and escape artists. The Klee Kai is a very
   energetic dog; however, not the typically "hyper" little dog. They are
   beautiful and proud.
   
   The name "Klee Kai" is derived from Eskimo words meaning "small dog".
   There are approximately 500 of these dogs in existence in the world.
     _________________________________________________________________
                                      
History

   There was an accidental mating in Wasilla Alaska in the mid 70's.
   Linda Spurlin, the developer of the Klee Kai breed saw this little dog
   that looked like a Husky and thought that this would be the perfect
   apartment sized dog. She set about perfecting the breed. She spent
   those first years without any return on her investment, loving these
   little creatures that she had created. She had rough times and years
   of work invested. She sold her first dog for the purpose of breeding
   in December 1988.
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Characteristics

  Coat and Grooming
  
   The Klee Kai, like the Siberian Husky, is relatively easy to care for.
   They are extremely clean. Most don't like wet feet and will spend
   hours daily grooming themselves. They do not have a "doggy odor" nor
   do they have "dog breath." Most Klee Kai will seldom require a bath.
   
   As in Siberians and unlike short haired dogs who shed all year long,
   the Klee Kai also blows their coat twice a year. Of course, the size
   of the dogs limit the amount of fur blown. It is best to groom the dog
   on a regular basis during this time. Some of the longer haired dogs
   can become matted if not groomed. Most Klee Kai will assist the loss
   of hair by rubbing against things such as fences.
   
   Other than this period of blowing coat, the Klee Kai is very self
   sufficient. The normal preventative measures should be taken, such as
   trimming of nails, normal grooming in the form of brushing. This
   process is especially important in the bonding process.
   
  Temperament
  
   A Klee Kai in your home means that you are never alone. They make you
   laugh even if you don't want to and can soothe a heart broken for
   whatever reason. They become a very integral part of the family that
   chooses to adopt one.
   
   This is a very intelligent dog. I have actually seen a male dog
   unweave a chain link fence to get to the female next to him. I have
   seen a female pull the fence in so the male could squeeze under the
   fence. They love to be with their people. If they are put in a climate
   that is unpleasant for them, they will find a way out of it.
   
   Unlike the Siberian Husky, the Klee Kai is standoffish and suspicious
   of strangers. They do make extremely good watch dogs. They will let
   you know when some one is around and seldom bark at nothing. I am sure
   that they would give their lives protecting their loved ones. Klee Kai
   do not like being treated like a toy. They want to be treated with
   respect. Since children will sometimes encroach on that wish, only
   children who know how to treat animals are their preferred companions.
   These dogs do tend to be a little dog aggressive if not socialized
   properly. By this I mean to convey that the Klee Kai can be nice to
   strange dogs as long as the stranger has good intentions. The Klee Kai
   are generally self assured around strange dogs but will return in kind
   any acts of aggression. The Klee Kai is uncomfortable when his master
   is not around. They would much rather travel with him/her and do so
   easily. The Klee Kai portrait would be incomplete without conveying
   his love and passionate affection for his master and family members.
   
   Klee Kai are hunters. If raised or introduced correctly, a Klee Kai
   can live with cats and in a household with birds. Of course it would
   be prudent for the owner not to leave birds running loose around the
   house, or to leave a Klee Kai unattended in a room with gerbils,
   hamsters, etc. Their hunting instinct is very keen and they have been
   known to make a meal of them. Once I had a gerbil running around in
   one of those clear balls, the Klee Kai was in the house and I was on
   the phone. I heard the dog banging the ball around but figured the
   gerbil was safe. Next thing I know, my granddaughter comes running in
   the house crying that Sitka is eating the gerbil. That was the last
   gerbil in our house. I have also had one of my climbers get on top of
   a bird cage which was hanging from a stand. She simply climbed upon
   the table then leaped to the top of the cage. I have had many Klee Kai
   placed in homes in which there were cats, I've even had a dam nurse
   abandoned kittens. There are some that just cannot be trusted. I will
   usually know those dogs before they leave my house.
   
  Barking, Talking, and Howling
  
   As stated above, the Klee Kai is not a habitual barker. They are
   talkers and sometimes remind their owners of living with a teenager.
   Klee Kais love to have the last word, even as they obey the command
   about which they are complaining. Klee Kai are packish as is the
   Siberian. Typically, you can find a kennel of Klee Kai singing
   together either early in the morning or at night when the coyotes are
   too close. They start and stop howling as if on cue. They also tend to
   be rather psychic. They know when feeding time is, even if this is not
   a scheduled event. They can sense when something is wrong even when
   they are removed from the household as in the kennels.
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Care and Training

  Feeding
  
   I have found that this breed does best on a food consisting of chicken
   and rice. They need a premium food. No cheap dog food for them. A good
   name brand is best. They require much fuel to provide energy for their
   antics. The Klee Kai is a social eater. When raised in kennels, they
   tend to eat best while being cared for but gain the bulk of their
   weight when in the home with their family. Generally speaking, it is
   best to feed puppies on a schedule to facilitate "potty training".
   Puppies should be feed at least three times a day. Adults may be fed
   once per day. Most people who own Klee Kais will self feed once the
   dog is housetrained. They do not "chow down" and tend to be social
   eaters. Because of this, they seldom put on excess weight. These dogs
   love fruits and vegetables such as peas, corn, peaches, bananas, stir
   fry and many other varieties.
   
  Living Situation
  
   Klee Kai are very much family dogs. They can stand the cold as is
   exhibited by the fact that they were developed in Alaska. Their
   typical housing there was a dog house filled with straw. However, they
   are happiest with their people. Doggie doors are great for these dogs.
   They like to be able to come in to check on their people occasionally.
   They are very good with small children and even babies. There have
   been reports of Klee Kai watching the baby in the house then going out
   to get the parent when the baby cried. There have been dams that
   nursed kittens. There have been dogs who lived when they should have
   been dead. They are an extremely sturdy little dog.
   
   Fences will not hold an unhappy Klee Kai. Most Klee Kai that have been
   returned by their families have come from a home which ended up in
   separation. They are extremely sensitive to disharmony and don't like
   it. They also will leave a home where they are kept in the yard
   without having visits to the house to be with their families. They are
   easily kennel or crate trained; however, don't lock them in a room.
   Walls and fences were made to go over, under or through. As with the
   the Siberian Husky, a fenced yard is necessary for an outside dog. The
   fence should be strong and 6 feet tall. There should be wire in the
   ground to inhibit digging out. Klee Kai like to dig dens; therefore,
   it would be a good idea to have an area that would allow this activity
   without destroying an entire yard. As with all dogs, a kennel area is
   desirable for a dog that has the habit of escaping. The kennel area
   should be made of chain link, over a concrete pad. The fence should be
   6 feet tall and covered since Klee Kai are climbers. They will need a
   dog house but will spend most of their time sunning themselves on the
   roof top. They like to be "King of the Mountain" and therefore always
   choose the highest point available to perch. 
   
  Training
  
   Even through these dogs were bred down from Siberians, they make very
   good obedience dogs. They want to please their owners. Combine that
   with being extremely smart and there is nothing that they cannot
   learn. You should start obedience early. Establish the rules and stick
   to them. Let your Klee Kai know that you are the boss. Don't let your
   dog do something as a puppy that you don't want him/her to do as an
   adult. If you give in even once, you have established that the rules
   were made to be broken. Once you have taught your dog to perform a
   certain behavior, expect him/her to do it all the time, so don't let
   him/her do anything that you don't want him/her to do because it will
   be very difficult to undo that training.
   
   Klee Kai are pack oriented; therefore, you must establish yourself as
   the pack leader. It is not necessary to do the alpha roll that is
   commonly referred to. You just have to inspire respect, not bully the
   dog into submission. That tactic can make a resentful, unpredictable
   dog. Treat your dog with respect and expect the same. If you train
   your puppy correctly he/she will follow you anywhere. In that vein,
   training classes not only teach the puppy to socialize and respond to
   you even with distractions, but it also teaches you and everyone else
   in the family the correct commands to use and how to get your pup to
   respond. Consistency is extremely important and training classes give
   the family a place to practice with someone who is available to
   reinforce the correct training techniques. The training period is also
   a bonding experience. You will find that your Klee Kai wants to be the
   best at everything.
   
   Agility for these dogs is a great challenge. All they have to do is
   watch another dog perform on the A-frame or the Bridge and they will
   follow without human direction. This is the type of training that is
   fun and productive. Both the owner and the dog have fun learning and
   following the rules. You will find that challenging your dog is the
   best way to keep him/her from getting bored and into trouble.
   
   The worst thing that you can do is spoil these precious little dogs.
   Many people get one of these dogs and treat them like their "baby".
   Dogs don't understand their role if it is supposed to be your baby.
   Its a dog and only knows how to be one. When put in this kind of
   position, your dog can become willful, aggressive and in general
   unpleasant to be around.
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General Health

   These dogs have been remarkably free of genetic defects. We only allow
   serious breeders to buy un-neutered dogs. All puppies are sold on
   spay/neuter contracts, co-ownerships or to approved serious breeders.
   I believe that this is the reason for the lack of flaws. We have had
   an occasional undershot jaw, cryptorchidism and in the past there have
   been dogs that had to have baby teeth pulled that didn't come out.
   
   Sometimes shyness can be a problem: both parents should be outgoing
   and friendly and show no traces of shyness or fear (not to be mistaken
   for aloofness).
   
   Careful attention must be paid to the patella. It is very easy to
   develop luxating patellas in the smaller dogs, therefore, extra care
   must be given to the possible tendencies in our breeding stock. You
   should check that any pup you are considering has had its parents
   screened for luxating patellas by a veterinarian.
   
   However, most breeders are very careful, and for this reason, a Klee
   Kai is remarkably problem free medically speaking.
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Frequently Asked Questions

   _How did they get them so small? _
   
     When the breed was just beginning we believe that a Schipperke and
     an American Husky were used to bring the size of the Siberian Husky
     down.
     
   _Can you get a Klee Kai with blue eyes? _
   
     Yes, Klee Kai can have one or both blue eyes. They may also have an
     eye that is only part blue and the other part brown. In The
     Siberian this is called a "pinto eye", "parti eye", or "split eye."
     There is nothing wrong with the eye: the dog can see perfectly
     clearly. This is a common trait in the Siberian Husky and in the
     Klee Kai.
     
   _Most little dogs are yappy and hyper, how are the Klee Kai
   temperaments?_
   
     Klee Kai have a big dog bark. Occasionally we get a screamer or
     bugler as I call it. This tone is saved for an alarm. Klee Kai are
     very busy dogs, but not hyper. They are impish and creative. They
     will keep their owners on their toes. It was reported that one dog
     was able to get into a dishwasher where a treat had been hidden.
     
   _How do Klee Kai stand the cold? _
   
     Since the breed was developed in Alaska, they are extremely hardy
     and tolerant to cold. In the snow they will alternate which paw is
     on the ground, thus minimizing the chances for frostbite. You will
     note that the Klee Kai is double coated. A gray and white Klee Kai
     will have a white undercoat. A black and white Klee Kai will have a
     white undercoat. The wolf gray and white Klee Kai will have a gray
     undercoat. A red and white Klee Kai will have a white undercoat.
     The undercoat is important for protection against cold and heat.
     The longer guard hairs protect the Klee Kai from moisture. Twice a
     year the Klee Kai will shed its undercoat over a two to three week
     period.
     
   _I live in Mexico, how will a Klee Kai do in hot weather? _
   
     Klee Kai just like other dogs, need plenty of water and shade
     during the summer. A child's swimming pool is a great way for the
     dog to cool off. Keeping a dog in a car, crate or any other
     enclosure during the summer can cause heat exhaustion. Without air
     circulation, the dog's own body heat can be too much. As with any
     other dog, don't overheat the dog by encouraging excessive
     exercising during the heat of the day. Klee Kai like to eat ice,
     and especially appreciate it in the summer time. The Klee Kai will
     shed its coat prior to summer and does not need to be shaved. This
     is not necessary and is discouraged. Common sense should prevail,
     don't put your dog in a situation that you yourself could not
     tolerate.
     
   _How are they with kids? _
   
     Klee Kai love kids and do great with them as long as the child has
     been taught to respect the dog and not tease it. These dogs are
     small enough that an out of control child could cause serious
     damage. Most Klee Kai would give a child enough leeway that the
     child could cause serious damage before the dog could run. Good
     owners make good dogs. They do seem to have this sixth sense about
     the intentions of a child and will usually avoid a child with bad
     intentions.
     
   _Is a yard big enough for a Klee Kai? _
   
     Yes, even though they require a lot of exercise, they will
     accomplish this in a nice sized yard. If there is more than one
     dog, they will play chase. If not, they will chase birds or birds
     shadows, grasshoppers, snakes, or anything else that looks like it
     should be chased. They can also be kept in an apartment, they were
     bred to be apartment sized huskies, if the owner is sure to walk
     the dog at least three times a day.
     
   _Do they shed a lot? _
   
     Yes, they shed twice a year. They blow their coat each time and
     require plenty of brushing during this period. Of course when you
     are looking at a 10 to 20 pound dog, there isn't nearly as much
     hair as regular sized husky. I have allergies and these dogs don't
     aggravate them, so some people who are allergic to dogs may be able
     to tolerate these, probably because they are such clean dogs.
     
   _How are they with other dogs? _
   
     Many, not all, Klee Kai are aggressive toward other dogs unless
     they are well socialized as puppies. These dogs will tend to pick
     up the characteristics of an older dog if raised around one.
     
   _How miniature are they? _
   
     The average Klee Kai is between 10 and 20 pounds, and 12 and 15
     inches.
     
   _Who should not own a Klee Kai?_
   
     Anyone who wants to treat their dog like their baby is asking for
     trouble. Anyone who can't stand hair should not have a Klee Kai.
     Anyone who can't stand doggy kisses certainly doesn't want a Klee
     Kai. Anyone who can't be consistent should not own a Klee Kai.
     Anyone who does not like to draw attention to themselves because
     everyone who sees a Klee Kai wants to know what it is, where they
     can get one and how much they cost nor anyone who just wants a
     status symbol.
     
   _Is this breed recognized by the AKC?_
   
     We have applied for AKC recognition and are waiting for a response
     at the present time. We have had many people who are wanting to
     breed the Klee Kai, who also want to be able to show our dogs, thus
     the application. We are also looking at some people in other
     countries who want to get involved in the breed but cannot use any
     other venue besides AKC and FIC to show their dogs. In order to
     provide the best possible situation for people all over the world I
     think it is in our best interest to become involved with the
     American Kennel Club. Klee Kai National Kennel Club will still
     require all dogs to pass the present criteria in order to be
     registered as breeding quality or show quality dogs.
     
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Klee Kai National Kennel Club and Rescue

   _Klee Kai National Kennel Club and Rescue_
          Corresponding Secretary, Carroll Parkison, 1108 NE Brown Rd.,
          Washougal, WA 98671.
          
   The Klee Kai National Kennel Club was actually formed in August of
   1995. This was the first time that a standard was voted on and by-laws
   were created. At this particular time the club meets officially once
   per year at the Klee Kai Picnic. The meeting and picnic have been
   combined. We have many members throughout the USA. I think in the
   future, I would like to arrange for national meetings on the Internet.
   
   At this time, the breed is new enough that there is no distributed
   literature about the Klee Kai. The closest you can get would be to get
   a Siberian Husky book. Some things are different, but the majority of
   what you read about them will hold true with the Klee Kai. Klee Kai
   don't run away from a good home and they don't mistake intruders as
   friends.
     _________________________________________________________________
                                      
Klee Kai National Kennel Club Standard

   The breed standard is the recipe, if you will, for a perfect specimen
   of that breed. This standard is the vehicle used to judge all dogs of
   that breed. Every good breeder strives to come as close to perfect as
   possible.
   
  Breed Description:
  
   _Original Purpose:_ The Klee Kai was developed as a companion dog by
   Linda Spurlin.
   
   _Breed History:_ These dogs were bred down from Siberian Huskies.
   
   _Earliest History:_ Mid 1970
   
   _Country of Origin:_ The United States of America, specifically
   Wasilla, Alaska.
   
  General Appearance
  
   The Klee Kai is a small domestic dog, quick and light on his feet and
   free and graceful in motion. His moderately compact, well-furred body,
   erect ears and fox-like tail suggests his Northern heritage, as in the
   Siberian Husky. His body proportions and form reflect his basic
   heritage of balance of power, speed and endurance. Pulling is a strong
   instinct and can be done in proportion even by this small dog. In
   proper condition the Klee Kai has well-developed firm muscles and does
   not carry excess weight.
   
  Mask
  
   The facial mask is a distinctive trait of this breed and must be
   clearly visible due to contrasting colors. Different combinations of
   mask markings are possible. A full mask being having contrasting color
   on the head, under the eyes, down the nose and framing the face. A
   three-quarter mask is the same but lacking color underneath the eyes.
   A half mask is lacking the color over and under the eyes, a Widow's
   Peak which is the least desirable has only contrasting color on the
   head and framing the face. The lighter contrasting, facial area must
   extend back to cover the jaw bones and down to cover the area under
   the chin. It is not mandatory, but is desirable to have light spots
   above the eyes. It is also mandatory to have a dark strip down the
   center of the muzzle. A blaze centered in the middle of the forehead
   is allowed. The fur on the inside of the ears should be of the same
   lighter contrasting color as the facial mask.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATIONS:_ A muzzle the same color all the way down the
   nose, or having a small amount of contrasting color over the lips (as
   in a fox mask). The color under the eyes extends more than half of the
   way to the end of the nose (as in a fox mask). The color under the
   eyes extends more than half of the way to the end of the nose (as in a
   non-existent or unbalanced mask).
   
  Size
  
   _Height and Weight_: Height is measured from the withers to the
   ground. The Klee Kai shoudl be proportionate in size, neither
   appearing too heavy or too thin.
   
   Toy
          Up to and including 13 inches.
          
   Miniature
          Over 13 inches and up to and including 15inches.
          
   Standard
          Over 15 inches up to and including 17 inches.
          
   Oversize
          Over 17 inches up to and including 18 inches
          
   If this oversized category continually throws dogs larger than the
   standard allows, then he/she should lose its breeding status but not
   its showing sttatus. If the owner breaks the ban on puppies forthis
   animal then he/she will also lose its showing status.
   
   Weight is in proportion to height.
   
   The weights and measurements mentioned above represent the extreme
   height and weight limits, with no preference give to either extreme.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATION_: Dogs and bitches over 18 inches at the withers.
   
  Head
  
   _Eyes_ Almond shaped or oval to moderately round, moderately spaced.
   The expression is keen, but friendly, interested and even mischievous,
   opened wide and bright.
   
   _Eye Color_ - may be brown or blue in color, one of each or
   parti-colored are acceptable. _Faults:_ Eyes set too obliquely; set
   too close together, so round as to appear bulging.
   
   _Skull_ - Of small size and in proportion to the body, slightly
   rounded on top and tapering gradually from the widest point to the
   eyes. It should measure five-eighths to one-half of head from stop to
   occiput. The stop must be clearly defined but not too steep. The lips
   should be tight fitting over a scissors bite. _Faults:_ Head clumsy or
   too heavy for the body hinting at dwarfism. A major fault is a snow
   nose (pink streaked). A straight bite or a cross scissors bite is a
   fault.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATIONS:_ A nose any complete color other than black or
   chocolate in the case of a red coated dog.
   
   _Muzzle_ Of medium length, that is, the distance from the tip of the
   nose to the stop is equal to the distance from the stop to the occip
   ut or slightly less as in three-eighths of the head. The stop is
   well-defined but not pronounced and should slope into the skull. The
   bridge is straight from the stop to the tip. The muzzle is of medium
   width, tapering gradually to the nose, with the tip neither too
   pointed nor too short and square. The lips are well-pigmented and
   close fitting, teeth closing in a scissors bite. _Faults:_ Muzzle
   either too sharp or too broad, too short or too long, insufficient or
   prominent stop; any bite other than scissors.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATION:_ - Overshot or undershot jaw.
   
   _Nose_ - Black or chocolate in red dogs.
   
   _Ears_ Of medium to slightly large size but in proportion, triangular
   in shape, close fitting and set high on the head. They are thick,
   well-furred, slightly arched at the back, and strongly erect, with
   slightly rounded tips pointing straight up and foxlike. The inside
   base of the ears should be straight up from between the center and
   inner edge of each eye. _Faults:_ Ears too large in proportion to the
   head, too wide-set; not strongly erect or any color contrasting or not
   other than the contrasting color on the rest of the body.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATION:_Ears that are not strongly erect.
   
   Cosmetic Surgery is not allowed except that dew claws may be removed.
   
   _Color_ All colors from black to lightest gray, sable in varying
   degrees, and all white is acceptable as long as the dog is not albino.
   All white dogs are not allowed to breed with all white dogs. Markings
   on all parts of the body must appear to be balanced and pleasing to
   the eye. A variety of markings is common, however, each side should
   mirror the other. The lips should be black except in the case of a red
   dog, then the lips may be chocolate.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATIONS:_A white cape. Any markings on the coat that are
   not symmetrical. A dog of any solid color which results in no mask
   and/or no contrasting color on the legs and undertrim except a white
   dog unless it is albino. Definite contrasting spots anywhere on the
   coat (other than over the eyes, a blaze in the middle of the forehead
   or a white tip at the end of the tail).
   
  Coat
  
   The coat of the Klee Kai is double and normally medium in length
   though long-haired Klee Kai are perfectly acceptable, giving a
   well-furred appearance, but is never so long as to obscure the
   clean-cut outline of the dog. The undercoat is soft and dense and of
   sufficient length to support the outer coat. The guard hairs of the
   outer coat are straight and somewhat smooth -lying, never harsh nor
   standing straight off from the body. It should be noted that the
   absence of the undercoat during shedding season is normal. Trimming
   fur of the paws and between the toes to present a neater appearance is
   permissible. Trimming of the fur on any other part of the dog is not
   to be condoned and should be severely penalized.
   
   _Faults:_ Extremely long, rough or shaggy coat, texture too harsh or
   too flat, the coat being such as to obscure the shape of the dog and
   trimming of the coat, except as permitted above.
   
   _Temperament_ The characteristic temperament is friendly but
   protective of territory and family, but is also alert and outgoing
   once introduced, is otherwise standoffish of strangers and is
   aggressive toward trespassers whether human or animal. He is defensive
   with other dogs. His loyalty and loving nature make him a great
   companion.
   
  Body
  
   _Neck_ Medium in length, that is approximately one-third of body
   length, arched and carried proudly erect when dog is standing. When
   moving at a trot, the neck is extended so that the head is carried
   slightly forward . _Faults:_ - Neck too short and thick; neck too
   long.
   
   _Shoulders_ The shoulder blade is well laid back as an angle of
   approximately 45 degrees to the ground. The upper arc angles slightly
   backward from point of shoulder to elbow, and is never perpendicular
   to the ground. The muscles and ligaments holding the shoulder to the
   rib cage are firm and well-developed. _Faults:_ - Straight shoulders;
   loose shoulders.
   
   _Chest_ Deep and strong well muscled but not too broad, with the
   deepest point being just behind and slightly above the elbows to
   one-half of the distance from the withers to ground. The ribs are
   well-sprung from the spine but are slightly above the elbows to
   one-half of the distance from the withers to ground. The ribs are
   well-sprung from the spine but are slightly rounded at the sides.
   _Faults:_ Chest too broad, "barrel ribs," ribs too flat or weak.
   
   _Back_ The back is straight with a level topline from withers to
   croup. The length of the body from the sternum to the buttocks is an
   inch or two longer than the withers to the ground It may be neither
   cobby nor slack from being too long in the body. The loin is taut and
   lean, slightly narrower than the rib cage, and with a slight tuck-up.
   The croup sloped away from the spine at an angle, but never so steeply
   as to restrict the rearward thrust of the hind legs. In profile, it is
   of medium length giving an almost square appearance. _Faults:_ - Weak
   or slack back; roached back; sloping topline.
   
  Legs and Feet
  
   _Forelegs_ When standing and viewed from the front, the legs are
   moderately spaced, parallel and straight, with elbows close to the
   body and turned neither in nor out. Viewed from the side, pasterns are
   slightly slanted, with pastern joint strong, but flexible. Bone is
   substantial, but never heavy or fragile. Length of the leg from elbow
   to ground is one half or slightly less than half the distance from
   withers to ground erring only to slightly long in the leg. Dewclaws on
   the forelegs and hind legs may be removed. _Faults:_ Weak pasterns,
   too heavy bone; too narrow or too wide in the front; elbows turned in
   or out. Bones so petite and fragile looking so as to defy the heritage
   of the Siberian Husky. Excessively long in the leg so as to look like
   stilts.
   
   _Hindquarters_ When standing and viewed from the rear, the hind legs
   are moderately spaced and parallel. The upper thighs are well-muscled,
   the stifles well-bent, the hock joint well-defined and set low to the
   ground. Dewclaws (if any) should be removed. The overall picture of
   the hindquarters should exhibit some degree of power as the Klee Kai
   was originally developed from working breeds of the Arctic regions._
   Faults:_ Too narrow or too wide in the rear._ Major faults:_ Are
   Straight stifles and cowhocks.
   
   _Feet_ Oval in shape, but not long. The paws are small in size but not
   fragile looking, compact and well-furred between the toes and pad s.
   The pads are tough and thickly cushioned. The paws turn neither in nor
   out when dog is in natural stance. _Faults:_ Soft or splayed toes,
   paws too large and clumsy, paws too fragile, toeing in or out.
   
   _Tail_ The tail should be moderately long with the tail bone
   terminating slightly longer than the hock when down, but at least long
   enough to curl over the back and still touch the back. It should be
   profusely covered with long hair. _FAULT:_ A tail that flags only.
   
   _TESTICLES:_ Male dogs must have had, and have been able to retain
   both testicles in the scrotal sac unless there has been accidental
   damage causing the dog to lose one or more. This fact must have been
   documented by a Vet. _Faults:_ A double hook or laying flat on the
   back. The judge should see the tail over the back at least once during
   competition.
   
   _DISQUALIFICATIONS:_ A tail that is not long enough to curl up to
   touch the back.
   
   _Gait_ The Klee Kai's characteristic gait is prancing or deerlike. The
   forelegs and hind legs are carried straight forward, with neither
   elbows nor stifles turned in or out. While the dog is gaiting, the
   topline remains firm and level. _Faults:_ Lumbering or rolling gait;
   crossing, or crabbing.
   
  Summary
  
   The most important breed characteristics in the Klee Kai are toy to
   oversize in size, making both great house and lap dogs, small bone
   well-balanced proportions, ease and freedom of movement, proper coat,
   pleasing head and ears, the appearance of laughing at times of play,
   curled fox-like tail, intelligent demeanor and good family
   disposition. Any appearance of excessive bone or weight, constricted
   or clumsy gait, or long, rough coat should be penalized. In both sexes
   the Klee Kai gives the appearance of being quick but not light and
   fragile as to suggest a sprint-racing animal. He is a hunter; birds,
   squirrels, mice, etc. and is smart enough to overcome any of his
   shortcomings such as size, speed, etc.
   
   In addition to the faults already noted, obvious structural faults
   common to all breeds are as undesirable in the Klee Kai as in any
   other breed, even though they are not specifically mentioned herein.
   
   _PUPPIES:_ Puppies are judged as closely to adult standards as
   possible. Unless the pup is a black and white it must be noted that
   Klee Kai puppies do not get their adult color until approximately six
   months of age. The density of the coat is not that of the adult for
   approximately one year. Occasionally the color under the eyes will
   show up at closer to one year old. The puppy's tail can change
   dramatically when the adult coat comes in. The mask; however, should
   be in place much earlier. Male puppies should have both testicles in
   the scrotal sac by six months of age.
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    Klee Kai FAQ
    Carroll Parkison, carrollp@teleport.com

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