Alaskan Klee Kai vs Japanese Spitz

Compare the Alaskan Klee Kai to the Japanese Spitz. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Alaskan Klee Kais and Japanese Spitz.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Japanese Spitz is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Alaskan Klee Kai is okay for new owners, but may not be as easy as the Japanese Spitz.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Japanese Spitz is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Alaskan Klee Kai and Japanese Spitz are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Japanese Spitz has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Alaskan Klee Kai vs Japanese Spitz
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Japanese Spitz
Breed NameAlaskan Klee KaiJapanese Spitz
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Height17-17 in.12-15 in.
Weight10-20 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesJapan
Origin Year1988 AD1950 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹15°F to 85°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighHigh
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthMedium-HighLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumMedium
SheddingHighMedium-High
DanderMedium-HighLow
Drool AmountLowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan Klee KaiJapanese Spitz
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingAverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan Klee KaiJapanese Spitz
Lifespan
Lifespan12-16 yrs.10-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan Klee KaiJapanese Spitz
Coat
FurYesYes
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Brown & WhiteYesNo
Grey & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
SableYesNo
Tan & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes