Lhasa Apso vs Alaskan Klee Kai

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Lhasa Apso 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 Lhasa Apso.
  • Children - Both the Lhasa Apso and Alaskan Klee Kai are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Alaskan Klee Kai is very easy to groom. The Lhasa Apso has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Lhasa Apso has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Lhasa Apso vs Alaskan Klee Kai
Lhasa Apso Dog Breed
Grey & White Alaksan Klee Kai
Breed NameLhasa ApsoAlaskan Klee Kai
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height9-11 in.17-17 in.
Weight12-15 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryChina (Tibet)United States
Origin Year800 BC1988 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹25°F to 85°F15°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium-High
Exercise RequiredLowMedium-High
Top Running Speed15 mph18 mph
StrengthLowMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow-Medium
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowMedium-High
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 NameLhasa ApsoAlaskan Klee Kai
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageAverage
ProtectionAverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowAverage
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoAlaskan Klee Kai
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Familial Inherited Renal DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Vaccination SensitivityNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLhasa ApsoAlaskan Klee Kai
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
CharcoalYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldenYesNo
GrayYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
LiverYesNo
RedYesNo
Red GoldYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Grey & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SableNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
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