It’s hard to resist an adorable Pomsky. But, it’s also hard to resist the sleek appearance of an Alaskan Klee Kai. These are two different breeds. Two different breeds that have a few similarities.
The Pomsky falls into the “designer dog” category. While the Alaskan Klee Kai is actually a miniature Alaskan Husky. The Alaskan Husky classifies as a “working dog.” They are popular sled racing dogs in Alaska.
While the Pomsky is new to the world of breeding, the Alaskan Klee Kai is not. The Alaskan Klee Kai began breeding in the 1970’s. The Pomsky is a mixture of a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky. The Alaskan Klee Kai began all from one Alaskan Husky that was a bit smaller than the rest.
But, did you know that the Alaskan Husky also began as a mixed breed? They weren’t always just an “Alaskan Husky.” They are a combination of quite a few different breeds.
Some of the breeds that mix into the amazing Alaskan Husky may include:
- Siberian Husky
- German Shorthaired Pointer
So, as far as breed mixing, the Pomsky and Alaskan Klee Kai may have a bit in common. But, you have to remember, Alaskan Huskies are now recognized as a breed.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes Alaskan Huskies and the Siberian Husky as breeds. While the Continental Kennel Club (CKC) does not. But, the CKC does recognize the Alaskan Klee Kai and Siberian Husky as a breed.
The AKC and the CKC both recognize the Pomeranian as a breed. But, neither organization recognizes the Pomsky as a breed. But, we have to remember, the Pomsky is still a new breed. There is still plenty of development going on to perfect the breed.
Pomsky vs. Alaskan Klee Kai: Size
The Pomsky is somewhat like the Alaskan Klee Kai weight wise. A Pomsky on the small side will weigh around 15 pounds. The ideal weight for a Pomsky is 20 – 30 pounds though. While the ideal weight for an Alaskan Klee Kai ranges anywhere from 16 – 22 pounds. So, in reality, a Pomsky may end up heavier than an Alaskan Klee Kai.
While the Pomsky may be heavier than the Alaskan Klee Kai, they may not be quite as tall. A Pomsky may be more of a “short and stout” situation. While the Alaskan Klee Kai may be more regal looking length wise. The ideal height for a Pomsky is between 10 – 12 inches. The ideal height for an Alaskan Klee Kai is between 15 – 17 inches.
Pomsky vs. Alaskan Klee Kai: Colors and Features
Pomsky Colors and Features
The Pomsky is the mixture of Pomeranian’s and Siberian Huskies. Both which have beautiful colors and marking. That makes it no surprise that the Pomsky possesses these colors as well.
Some Pomskies will have the beautiful mask of a Siberian Husky. Some may not gain that feature, though. But the magnificent colors they have will still make you take a second look.
Some of the colors a Pomsky may have include:
- Blue Merle
Alaskan Klee Kai Colors and Features
The Continental Kennel Club recognizes the Alaskan Klee Kai. So, they have put some pretty detailed instructions on the ideal look.
For the CKC to recognize an Alaskan Klee Kai their appearance must meet some standards.
These standards include:
- All colors accepted. But, the Alaskan Klee Kai must have the mask of an Alaskan Husky.
- They must have a double coat.
- The outer coat should be soft.
- The under coat should be dense and soft.
- The tail should have a “brush shape.”
- The neck should be ruff.
So, while all colors are fine when it comes to the Alaskan Klee Kai, the most common colors are black and white.
Also, all Alaskan Klee Kai should have that distinctive mask an Alaskan Husky has. While a Pomsky may or may not have the mask of a Siberian Husky.
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Pomsky vs. Alaskan Klee Kai: Temperament
Breeders are still working on perfecting the Pomsky. Once perfected, the breed will have more of an ideal temperament. There’s two factors you must take into consideration when decoding a Pomsky’s temperament. Those two factors are the Pomeranian breed and the Siberian Husky breed.
The Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky have similarities and differences in their temperaments. In the end, a Pomsky could either have the temperament of either. You may also get a healthy mix of both temperaments as well.
Behaviors you may see in a Pomeranian include:
Siberian Husky behaviors may include:
- Firm leadership needed
Alaskan Klee Kai Temperament
Since the Alaskan Klee Kai is a small version of the Alaskan Husky, they have similar qualities.
Some of the qualities you may find in the Alaskan Klee Kai include:
As you can see with both breeds, you’ll get an intelligent dog. A dog that needs to maintain a healthy activity level.
Pomsky vs. Alaskan Klee Kai: Health
The Pomsky is a new “designer dog.” So, we don’t know much about their health. We do know that in general mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier than dogs that are full bred. To find health concerns, we combine the health problems of Pomeranian’s and Siberian Huskies.
Health Problems: Pomeranians
- Dental Disease
- Luxating Patella
- Collapsed Trachea
- Cushing’s Disease
- Alopecia X
- Ear infections
Health Problems: Siberian Huskies
- Hip Dyplasia
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Follicular Dysplasia
- Uveodermatologic Syndrome
As of now, the only known health problem with the Pomsky breed is dental disease. Due to their fragile teeth, like the Pomeranian. Regular dental check ups are necessary to keep their teeth healthy. The scary fact is, most breeds develop dental disease by the age of 3.
Alaskan Klee Kai Health
The Alaskan Klee Kai has been around since the 1970’s. With that said, we’ve studied their health more than the Pomsky.
Common health problems we see in the Alaskan Klee Kai is:
- Liver Disease
- Cataracts at an early age
- Patellar Luxation
- Cardiac Problems
- Thyroid Disease
Pomsky vs. Alaskan Klee Kai: Summary
The Pomsky and Alaskan Klee Kai have many similarities. From their double coat to their weight. Their temperaments are also similar. Although the Alaska Klee Kai may need more exercise than the Pomsky.
The Pomsky, as far as we know, is not as likely to have as many health problems as the Alaskan Klee Kai. The most prominent health issues that links to the Pomsky is dental disease. In general, findings have shown that mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier.