Difference Between the Mini Husky and the Alaskan Klee Kai

Siberian Husky Wearing Bandana
Siberian Husky Wearing Bandana. Photo by Johannes Jansson. License: CC BY 2.5 DK.

The Miniature Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Klee Kai are often mistaken to be the same breed. This is due to the fact that both look similar but there are many differences too. Let us consider the differences so that it would become easy to ascertain the correct breed.

Key Differences between Mini Husky and Alaskan Klee Kai:

  • Mini Husky is a small form of the Siberian Husky, while Klee Kai is a modern breed.
  • Mini Husky is friendly, while Klee Kai makes a good watchdog.
  • Size: Mini Husky is 12-16 inches, Klee Kai is 13-17 inches.
  • Exercise: Mini Husky needs more exercise, Klee Kai requires just walks.
  • Adaptability: Mini Husky adapts to all weather, Klee Kai struggles in hot conditions.
  • Both breeds shed a lot, but proper grooming can help manage it. Research before choosing the breed.

The Mini Husky is just a small form of the Siberian Husky. The traits are all the same. This breed has been bred by breeders for a long time and is quite popular. Whereas the Alaskan Klee Kai is a new modern breed which has been recognized recently and was available only to a few select buyers until a few decades ago.

Mini Husky and Alaskan Klee Kai temperament

The Mini Husky has a very friendly temperament. It is not a watchdog but is ideal for a family with kids. Whereas the Alaskan Klee Kai is a very good watchdog and does not mingle freely with everyone. Though they look similar in appearance, their personalities are varied like chalk and cheese.

Average sizes of both breeds

The Miniature Siberian Husky is usually around 12-16 inches in size whereas the Alaskan Klee Kai is usually around 13-17 inches in size. From afar they look the same but when you get near you can discern the differences easily. The Alaskan Klee Kai dogs are usually a little leaner too.

Alaskan Klee Kai Face
Alaskan Klee Kai dog’s face. Photo by Gnuyen. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.

How much exercise Mini Huskies and Alaskan Klee Kai require?

The Mini Husky is a breed that requires a lot of exercise. The normal husky is used to pull sleds, so this breed is very active by nature. Mini Huskies need at least two hours of exercise every day otherwise they tend to get aggressive and can chew up all your possessions. Mini Huskies need to be on a leash when taken out for runs because they can run for long distances and that too at a fast clip. The Alaskan Klee Kai, however, needs just walks to stay fit.

The Mini Husky can easily adapt to any weather whereas the Alaskan Klee Kai finds it difficult to adapt to hot weather conditions. However you need to keep both the breeds well hydrated in hot weather.

Do Mini Husky or Alaskan Klee Kai dogs shed a lot?

Both the Mini Husky and the Alaskan Klee Kai shed loads of hair. Twice a year these dogs shed a lot of hair continuously. The Alaskan Klee Kai sheds a little less than the Mini Husky. However, if you take care of them and if you groom them properly then you will be able to get through the season without much shedding.


Both are very good breeds, but if you find it difficult to choose one, it is advised that you do a lot of research. There are many websites where you can find information about the breeds. You can get to know their traits etc. People have created many blogs which feature the breeds. You can go through the blogs and get to know how the breeds interact with families. Additionally you should visit the breeders and have a look at the dogs. Interact with the dogs and then you will be able to make a decision.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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