Boston Terrier vs Alaskan Klee Kai

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Boston Terrier 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 Boston Terrier.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Boston Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Boston Terrier and Alaskan Klee Kai are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Boston Terrier and Alaskan Klee Kai are above average barkers.
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Boston Terrier vs Alaskan Klee Kai
Boston Terrier Dog Breed
Grey & White Alaksan Klee Kai
Breed NameBoston TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height13-15 in.17-17 in.
Weight10-25 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited States
Origin Year1870 AD1988 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F15°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed15 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium-High
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 NameBoston TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
Brain TumorsYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
MegaesophagusYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Reverse SneezingYesNo
Vaccination SensitivityNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Seal Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Grey & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SableNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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