The lifespan of an Alaskan Klee Kai is said to be between 12 to 16 years. This is similar to the lifespan of Alaskan Huskies, Siberian Huskies, American Eskimos, and Belgian Schipperke mixes, which are the parent breeds of the AKK.
This canine is considered to be a healthy breed. But just like any other dog breed, there are some common health issues to monitor for maximum lifespan.
Alaskan Klee Kais are prone to autoimmune disorders; the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid glands, creating inflammation and scar tissues. If this condition is not treated, it could lead to your four-legged furry friends having a reduced amount of thyroid hormones.
Alaskan Klee Kai can get congenital heart murmurs, which could eventually lead to heart disease. A qualified breeder can screen the adult canine before breeding to ensure they are not prone to the disease.
Factor VII Deficiency
Factor VII is a clotting factor, and when it is deficient in dogs, it leads to excessive bleeding after minor knocks and scrapes. Since the condition is a recessive gene, the breeder needs to test the parent dogs to ensure they do not have the condition.
The condition is linked to canines getting wobbly or unstable kneecaps. It is a common disease with many small breeds, like the AKK. If your furry friend has this condition, ensure that it gets ample rest and some pain medication. But in extreme cases, you will have to take your canine buddy for reconstructive surgery.