What breed is Sophie Turner’s dog?
Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Porky Basquiat / Instagram)
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By helloBARK! staff
Updated on September 17, 2019
Fact Checked This article was fact checked by one of our writers on August 16, 2019.

Sophie Turner has two dogs that she owns with her husband Joe Jonas.

The red-haired actress shot to fame as Sansa Stark in HBO’s acclaimed Game of Thrones.

Sophie Turner married musician Joe Jonas in a private ceremony in 2019 after the couple started dating in 2016.

The British actress has 15.1m followers on Instagram.

Her dog Porky Basquiat regularly features in her photos on the social media platform.

However, there’s often confusion surrounding Porky’s breed. Contrary to what you might read online, Porky is an Alaskan Klee Kai.

Porky’s sibling died in July 2019 but Sophie and Joe have since welcomed a new dog to their family.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at Porky’s breed, what happened to his sibling Waldo Picasso Jonas.

You can follow our dogs Copper and Skye on Instagram here (@lifewithkleekai).

We’ll break this article into the following sections:

• Who is Sophie Turner?
• Who is Joe Jonas?
• When did Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get married?
• What breed is Porky Basquiat?
• When did Sophie Turner get Porky Basquiat?
• What happened to Waldo Picasso Jonas?
• Does Porky have an Instagram account?
• Other celebrities with Alaskan Klee Kai
• Alaskan Klee Kai facts
• Where can I buy an Alaskan Klee Kai?
• In conclusion

Who is Sophie Turner?

Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai plays with Sophie Turner (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)
Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai plays with Sophie Turner (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)

Sophie Turner is an English actress who made her first acting appearance in HBO’s fantasy television series Game Of Thrones.

She was just 14 when she started filming for the hit show alongside her colleagues Kit Harrington, Sean Bean, Maisie Williams and her other co-stars in Game Of Thrones.

Turner featured in all eight seasons of Game Of Thrones. She earned an Emmy Award nomination for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019.

Sophie has starred in feature films, including Another Me. Her biggest onscreen role to date came in the X-Men flim series where she portrayed Jean Grey / Phoenix.

Who is Joe Jonas?

Joe Jonas is an American singer, songwriter and actor.

He achieved initial fame with his two brother Kevin and Nick in the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers.

Joe regularly featured on the Disney Channel during the height of the band’s fame.

He had his biggest commercial hit in 2015 with ‘Cake By The Ocean’ with funk-pop group DNCE.

When did Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas get married?

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas started dating in 2016.

Three years later, the actress and musician tied the knot in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2019. A month later, Turner and Jonas had a second wedding in Paris.

Porky was one of Joe’s groomsmen in the lavish wedding in the French capital.

What breed is Porky Basquiat?

Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)
Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)

Porky Basquiat is an Alaskan Klee Kai. The breed has been recognised by the United Kennel Club since 1997.

Often confused for a Mini Husky or a Pomsky, Alaskan Klee Kai are purebred dogs that were created to be companion pets.

An American lady named Linda Spurlin was responsible for creating the Alaskan Klee Kai in the 1970s. She didn’t make her AKK available to the public until 1988.

When did Sophie Turner get Porky Basquiat?

Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai naps with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (Photo: Joe Jonas / Instagram)
Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai naps with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (Photo: Joe Jonas / Instagram)

In 2017, Sophie got her first Alaskan Klee Kai named Porky Basquiat.

Joe has revealed that he actually picked out Porky as a present for Sophie but got the wrong dog. Sophie wanted a Pomsky! Here’s Joe to explain:

We got Porky and it was kind of a mistake because the name came from her wanting a Pomsky. And I misheard what she said, so I thought she was saying that’s the name of the dog she wanted.

Naturally, Porky got a lot of attention on Sophie’s Instagram when she debuted her new Alaskan Klee Kai puppy in September 2017.

Around six months later, Jonas and Turner adopted Porky’s brother Waldo.

The pair were in North Carolina visiting his parents. It wasn’t far from where Waldo was living. After meeting Waldo, Jonas and Turner couldn’t resist reuniting the brothers.

It wasn’t long before Porky and Waldo were valued members of the family.

I think I knew they were definitely part of the family when my parents met them, and my mom’s buying them gifts and treats and hoping that she can babysit while I travel.

In an interview with Today, Joe revealed that Porky is an energetic Klee Kai, while Waldo was more reserved and shy. Both are traits associated with the breed.

What happened to Waldo Picasso Jonas?

Tattoo of Waldo the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Joe Jonas / Instagram)
Tattoo of Waldo the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Joe Jonas / Instagram)

Unfortunately, Sophie and Joe suffered a heartbreaking loss in July 2019 when Waldo was hit by a car and killed.

TMZ reported that Waldo Picasso was with Sophie and Joe’s dog walker in New York City when “the dog got spooked by a pedestrian, broke free, ran into the street and was struck by a vehicle.”

Joe broke his silence on Instagram with a post dedicated to Waldo. He revealed a new tattoo of Waldo on his arm.

His caption read: “R.I.P. my little angel.”

The pair have been photographed with a Golden Retriever puppy in August 2019, although it’s unclear whether this is a new sibling for Porky.

Does Porky have an Instagram account?

Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)
Porky the Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)

Although Porky can’t match Sophie’s 15 million followers or Joe’s 12 million followers, the famous Alaskan Klee Kai has 147,000 followers on the photo-sharing app.

You can follow Porky (@porkybasquiatjonas) here.

Other celebrities with Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai are a relatively rare breed of dog. However, there are some celebrities with these Mini Huskies.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has an Alaskan Klee Kai called Nike.

Singer Miley Cyrus previously owned an Alaskan Klee Kai called Floyd that was killed by a coyote in 2014.

Alaskan Klee Kai facts

Alaskan Klee Kai Copper and Skye at Golden Gate Bridge (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)
Alaskan Klee Kai Copper and Skye at Golden Gate Bridge (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai are a small breed. They were created in Alaska by a lady called Linda Spurlin. She wanted to create a companion-sized Alaskan Husky.

Spurlin initially created her Alaskan Klee Kai using predominantly Alaskan Husky, some Siberian Husky, American Eskimo Dog and Schipperke. As a pure breed, you can only create an Alaskan Klee Kai by breeding two Klee Kai. There have been over 15 generations of AKK registered with the UKC.

There are three different sizes: standard, miniature and toy.

Alaskan Klee Kai come in three different colors: black and white, gray and white and red and white. However, there are other colors for Alaskan Klee Kai such as solid white or predominantly black but these don’t meet the UKC’s breed standard.

Klee Kai are energetic dogs that require regular exercise, such as daily walks, trips to the dog park or a run around in the garden or yard.

Like all dogs, Alaskan Klee Kai require socialisation with people and dogs from a younge age to improve their social skills. Klee Kai can be reserved or shy around people they don’t know.

The breed can be vocal dogs but make a woo-woo sound rather than a traditional bark.

Some Alaskan Klee Kai can have poor recall, while they can have a high prey drive and they’ve earned a reputation as escape artists. Therefore, you may prefer to keep an AKK on a leash at all times, while you should ensure your garden or yard is secure.

Where can I buy an Alaskan Klee Kai?

Alaskan Klee Kai come in three different sizes (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)
Alaskan Klee Kai come in three different sizes (Photo: lifewithkleekai / Instagram)

Alaskan Klee Kai puppies cost between $1800 and $3000 from a reputable breeder. If you receive a quote for more or less than this range, it could be a scam.

The Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America have a list of 50 breeders that have signed up to the organization’s code of ethics. You can visit their website to learn more.

You should never buy an Alaskan Klee Kai online, at a pet store or from a third party dealer as it’s almost certainly a scam. Instead, you should contact one of the 50 breeders on AKKAOA’s website.

Where can I learn more about Alaskan Klee Kai?

If you want to learn more about Alaskan Klee Kai, you can check out the MyAlaskanKleeKai YouTube channel.

Alternatively, you can head over to Instagram and follow Copper and Skye (@lifewithkleekai) where I’d be happy to answer any further questions about the breed or point you in the direction of a breeder.

In conclusion

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner with her Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner with her Alaskan Klee Kai (Photo: Sophie Turner / Instagram)

So there you have it, Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are the owners of an Alaskan Klee Kai called Porky.

Sadly, his sibling Waldo died in a tragic accident earlier this year.

However, you can still follow Porky’s adventures on his Instagram page.