The Alaskan Klee Kai can most closely be described as a miniaturized version of the Alaskan Husky, which is what they were intended to be. Like the husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai exists with varied coat colors; the acceptable colors for Alaskan Klee Kai are outlined in the breed standard developed by the breed's creator and accepted by clubs including the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America and the United Kennel Club.
Allowed Colors Of The Alaskan Klee Kai
Nearly all colors are accepted in the Alaskan Klee Kai with a few small exceptions.
Alaskan Klee Kais are most often white and black or gray and white; these colors can exist in any variations in these dogs.
Variations of red and white have also presented in the Alaskan Klee Kai and are perfectly acceptable, but are much rarer than the black and white and gray and white versions.
Solid white also presents as a color in the occasional Alaskan Klee Kai, but is disallowed and dogs of this color are not candidates for registration and breeding.
Desirable Patterning In The Alaskan Klee Kai
All colors are allowed in the Alaskan Klee Kai provided that the dog is bi-colored. The most important color and pattern characteristic in the Alaskan Klee Kai is the facial mask. Dogs without a distinct and clearly visible facial mask are disqualified. In addition to the mask, there must be a contrasting lighter color on the throat, chest, legs, breeches, feet and underside of the Alaskan Klee Kai.
Dark colored masks are most highly desired in these dogs; the most desirable mask is one that starts in a dark coloring on the skull and extends down under the eyes to the bridge of the muzzle. The dark color under the eyes should not extend any further than half-way down the muzzle.
In addition, certain markings are favored on the face and mask, but it is not required that all be present. Favored facial markings include
Light colored spots over the eyes
Light blaze on the center of the skull and the stop
Dark strip on the center of the muzzle-strip may have a dividing lighter stripe splitting the middle
Dark coloring under eyes
With the exception of the desired spotting, the lighter the mask color (hence, the smaller the mask), the less desired it is. In addition, a dark tip on the tail is also desirable.
Color Disqualifications Of the Alaskan Klee Kai
The only disqualifications made within this breed for color are solid colors, albino (pure white) coloring, and lack of clear facial mask and color contrast. There are also faults applied such as asymmetry in marking. The breed standard, available through the UKC, details all applicable faults.
It should be noted that dogs of disqualifying color may still make very good pets, but will probably not be allowed to be registered or breed, and will definitely not be considered for show; breeders will state in the sales contract whether a dog is restricted from reproduction, and in deference to the breed, restrictions should be respected.