Size and appearance
The Mini Husky essentially looks just like a full-sized Siberian Husky, but smaller! Miniature Siberian Huskies measure between around 12-16” tall at the withers, and usually only weigh up to around 25-30lb, while the Alaskan Klee Kai can range from 13-17” tall at the withers with a weight in proportion to their size, meaning that they are usually a touch taller and heavier.
In terms of color, the Mini Husky usually has white paws and facial markings, with a range of other colors making up the main part of their coats. The Mini Husky’s most common coat color is grey, or black and white, but they can also be seen in pure white, agouti, or copper as well, although these shades are less common.
The Alaskan Klee Kai was traditionally found in just three color variants-black and white, grey and white, or red and white. However today, a pure-white variant is also recognized, as are solid colors, ie, those without white accompanying them.
One of the key differences in appearance between the two breeds can be seen on the face-the Alaskan Klee Kai has what is known as a mask, which means that the fur immediately surrounding their eyes and along their noses bear a line of color, making them look as if their eyes have been outlined, or as if they are wearing spectacles!
While it can be hard to tell the Alaskan Klee Kai Mini Huskies apart based solely on their appearance, their temperaments are markedly different, and this provides one of the clues to the identity of the breed!
The Mini Husky, as a smaller version of the Siberian Husky, was bred as a working dog first and foremost, and as such, they are intended to run, hunt and pull sleds, which is reflected in their temperament. They are highly energetic and intelligent dogs that will think nothing of taking themselves off for some exercise if they get bored, and their desire to hunt and chase are also marked within the breed, and can be hard to manage in some cases!
The Siberian Husky tends to be outgoing, lively and friendly, and not at all afraid of meeting new people or even wandering off with someone they only just met if it looks as if there may be an adventure in it!
The Alaskan Klee Kai, on the other hand, was deliberately bred as a companion dog or pet, and while they are intelligent, lively and spry, they are not quite as energetic or one track minded as the Mini Husky! They also tend to be rather more speculative around people that they don’t know, and while they bond strongly with their families, they need to be properly introduced to strangers, and will usually take a while to warm up to them!
They make for good watchdogs and guard dogs too, and will soon let you know if a stranger is approaching-in contrast to Mini Huskies, which will usually offer a warm welcome to both friends and potential foes alike!