Irish Terrier vs Alaskan Klee Kai

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Irish Terrier and Alaskan Klee Kai are okay choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Irish Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Alaskan Klee Kai is easy to groom while the Irish Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Irish Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Breed NameIrish TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicMaybeNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height16-18 in.17-17 in.
Weight21-27 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryIrelandUnited States
Origin Year1875 AD1988 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F15°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed22 mph18 mph
StrengthHighMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow-Medium
SheddingNone-LowHigh
DanderLowMedium-High
Drool AmountNone-LowLow

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 NameIrish TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingHighAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Grey & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SableNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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