Tibetan Terrier vs Alaskan Klee Kai

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Tibetan Terrier and the Alaskan Klee Kai are good for new owners, but the Tibetan Terrier is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Tibetan Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Alaskan Klee Kai is very easy to groom. The Tibetan Terrier has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Alaskan Klee Kai has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Tibetan Terrier is an average barker.
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Tibetan Terrier vs Alaskan Klee Kai
Cream Tibetan Terrier
Grey & White Alaksan Klee Kai
Breed NameTibetan TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height14-16 in.17-17 in.
Weight20-24 lb10-20 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryTibetUnited States
Origin Year10 AD1988 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F15°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed18 mph18 mph
StrengthMediumMedium-High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow-Medium
SheddingVery HighHigh
DanderMediumMedium-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 NameTibetan TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingAverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameTibetan TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Autoimmune HypothyroidismNoYes
CataractsYesNo
DistichiasisYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HyperthyroidismYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Lens LuxationYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Vaccination SensitivityNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameTibetan TerrierAlaskan Klee Kai
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BrindleYesNo
BrownYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldYesNo
GrayYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Grey & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SableNoYes
Tan & WhiteNoYes
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