Alaskan Klee Kai

An extremely rare breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a smaller version of the Alaskan Husky; it was designed to be a companion version of the great sled dogs of the north. It was developed in the 1970s by Linda S. Spurlin of Wasilla, Alaska, and her family, and made available to the public in 1988. The United Kennel Club recognized it as a breed in 1997.

Klee Kai is derived from the Eskimo words for “little dog.” It was originally called Klee Kai of Alaska, but later became just Alaskan Klee Kai. The Alaskan Klee Kai has a wedge-shaped head and a distinguishing masked face.

Because of the small numbers and careful breeding, there are few health concerns with this breed. This agile and active companion dog has a personality full of curiosity, alertness and loyalty. It loves to be around the family, sharing its affection and energy, but might be a little reserved with strangers. Although you don’t need a lot of indoor room (so an apartment would be OK for this breed, but not preferred), you will need lots of time to exercise this dog. With lots of energy comes lots of time spent burning it off. Don’t let its small stature fool you; the Alaskan Klee Kai can make a great watchdog.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
All colors are permissible provided that the mask on the face is distinct and clearly visible with a contrasting lighter color on the throat, chest and underside.

Hindquarters, flanks, ribs, forequarters, and legs are covered with thick, silky, fine hair. The ears and feet are feathered.


Brush frequently. Bathe only as needed, ideally about twice a year.

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
AKC Group:
UKC Group:
Northern Breed
Up to 17 inches at the withers.
10 to 25 pounds
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