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Alaskan Klee Kai

The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed fairly recently by a woman in Alaska who took a strong interest in a small dog resembling a Husky. Over time other breeders became interested in furthering the development of the Alaskan Klee Kai; however, it is still considered a rare breed.

Physical Characteristics

Often referred to as a miniature Husky, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a medium-sized dog breed with very similar markings to the Siberian Husky. The most desirable feature in a Klee Kai is the facemask (similar to the markings seen on a Husky face). The Alaskan Klee Kai can be seen in a toy, miniature or standard since weighing anywhere from 5 to 22 pounds at a height of 13 to 17 inches.

Personality and Temperament

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a small and affection dog that is a loving and loyal family pet. This breed may be cautious around strangers and small children, so it is best to socialize it at an early age. The Klee Kai makes a good watch dog as it is very alert at all times.


The Klee Kai is an active breed that requires a good amount of daily exercise and does best with a large, fenced-in yard. The double layer coat requires a moderate amount of grooming.


The average lifespan of this dog breed is about 10 to 13 years. Although the Alaskan Klee Kai is generally free of genetic issues, some health conditions linked to this breed include juvenile cataracts, liver disease, factor VII deficiency, pyometra, patellar luxation, cryptorchidism, cardiac issues, and thyroid diseases.

History and Background

As a newer dog breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai has a very detailed recording of its origin. In the mid 1970s an Alaskan woman named Linda Spurlin came across what looked like a small version of a Siberian Husky in Oklahoma. Immediately drawn to this unique dog, Spurlin returned to Alaska and began trying to recreate the dog into a new breed.

While Spurlin was working on this new breed, others became intrigued with the small dog as well and within about 15 years, Spurlin began to sell dogs from the newly created breed although the gene pool was still small.

About ten years later Spurlin decided to end her days as a Klee Kai breeder. Although others now carry it on, the breed is still rare.

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  • Please edit
    05/21/2014 03:47pm

    Some of the information on this page should be edited. Linda Spurlin didn't simply come across this small dog. When Linda and her husband visited her husband's family this dog was one of those that they had. Linda felt totally in love with the dog and recieived permission to bring it back with them to Alaska. On the way back they stop at a restaurant to eat. When they got inside the tables were bare. Everyone inside the place was by the window out looking out at the cute little dog in Linda's car. This dog was named Curious and she was the foundation of the breed that Linda was to create. Linda's brother-in-law lived near them and he and his family were also instrumental in creating the Klee Kai. They stopped breeding and handed the dogs they had over to Linda. Linda started out simply trying to re-create Curious. Her best friend that lives near Linda had a visit that changed the course of history. This visitor was Eileen Gregory And she fell totally in love with the dogs that Linda had. Eileen told others and soon there was a constant stream of visitors to Alaska just to look at these dogs. When Linda Stopped breeding the Klee Kai her dogs went to Eileen. Soon others started breeding them too Breeders with High ethics whose goal was to have sound healthy dogs

  • Eldon
    12/30/2016 06:41pm

    I am a animal lover I am 53 years young I have a dog named Shelby she's beautiful medium dog but she is now very very old 11 she is showing her age in the face absolute love her but looking for a smaller dog to love I have always wanted a Siberian but I know the problems with them . Like I said I am looking for a smaller dog to share the house with My family and Shelby please contact me if you think I would be a good fit for a dog looking for small Klee Kli

  • 01/01/2017 12:56pm

    If you feel Siberians have problems, then think of the Alaska Klee Kai as problems on steriods. This is an adorable dog that everyone wants - and one that you must change your lifestyle to accomodate. There are some things about this breed that you must consider:

    1. This not your typical Golden Retriever dog. You can't just wash and wear, set it and forget it. This dog requires all your attention all the time. Slip up even once and it could end up in tragedy.

    2. The AKK is like a perpetual 2 year old toddler. Very endearing, but incredibly smart. They are always watching. They follow your actions they know where you put the good stuff and will stop at nothing to get ahold of it. Tell them no and they will stop. Turn your back and they will start right up again. You have to AKK proof your home so they can't get into trouble. And they will at every opportunity. They will chew on electrical cords, jump up on kitchen countertops, nothing is safe from them. You cannot leave anything out that will make them sick.

    3. The instinct to run is strong with the AKK. Siberians run but eventually you might get them back. The Klee Kai, not so much. The problem, if they get out or get away from you they turn wild in an instant. People have been known to roam the mountains in the bitter cold in winter to set live traps hoping to catch them. Sometimes they are successful.

    4. A Klee Kai owner MUST barricade all doors leading to the outside. If not, this breed of dog can run out an open door even before you realize it. They move incredibly fast and you will never catch them if they get out. Most AKK owners use x-pens to block doors.

    5. You may feel you can keep your AKK from getting out, but will your family, your kids? How about your kids friends as they enter and leave your house? Will they shut the gate to the x-pen first? How about servicemen coming to your house? Can you trust them? What will you do when you have a vacation? If you choose a pet-sitter can they be trusted to keep your AKK confined so they cannot get out? If you take your AKK to be groomed can you trust the groomer to keep your dog confined? AKK's have gotten away from the pet sitter and the groomer never to be seen again.

    6. You may think of taking your AKK for a walk would be a simple matter. What if you accidently drop the leash? You might never see your dog again. Some people actually fasten the leash to their body so prevent this. Do you have the right type of harness to keep your AKK from backing out of it? This is a must. Do you have a martingale collar to use along with the harness? A martingale collar keeps the dog from slipping out. Many people use both. The amount of determination the AKK has to get away is unbelievable.

    7. Do you have a fenced in yard? Better check it very carefully. The AKK will look for places to get out every single time they are let out. They can fit through any hole. They will dig under. They will jump over. Some breeders have 6 foot fences, some have a double fence and their dogs still get out.

    8. Then, the seperation anxiety. These dogs don't like to be alone, and they will scream out their unhappiness. You can hear them literally a block away. The best solution is another dog, a playmate. But a single dog left alone will screech, howl, scream, yell, at the top of their mighty lungs non-stop.

    8. When AKK owners are told to change their lifestyle to keep their dog safe, that is meant literally. But they are so worth it. The love and enjoyment they give to their people is beyond compare. They may not warm up to their new family at first, sometimes it might even take a year. They are a funny merry little dog that will make you laugh and you might think how can a dog like this ever get out and run away. But you can never let your guard down around this breed. You must be alert and aware all the time.

    Facebook has several AKK groups like Alaskan Klee Kai


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