Alaskan Klee Kai
region Wasilla, Alaska
cut 33 to 44 cm depending on the variety
hair Double, dense
dress Color(s) indifferent but well contrasted including the mask
head Slightly round, somewhat broad skull
eyes Medium, almond-shaped, any color
ear Straight, erect, triangular and broad trend
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a Nordic dog breed from the spitz family. The term “Klee Lai” derives from an Athapascan word meaning “little dog”. This breed was bred to get a pet-sized Alaskan Husky. The result is an energetic, intelligent house dog whose morphology recalls its Nordic origins.
This breed of dog was obtained in Wasilla (Alaska) in the mid-1970s by Linda S. Spurlin following an accidental cross between an Alaskan Husky and a small dog. The breed is the result of crossbreeding including Siberians, Alaskan Huskies, Schipperkels and American Eskimo dogs to achieve size reduction without dwarfism. She developed her dogs privately and it was not until 1988 that she made this new breed public. Initially baptized "Klee Kai", the breed was separated into "Alaskan Klee Kai" and "Klee Kai" for political reasons in 1995. In 2002, the name of this breed switched definitively to the new name. The Alaskan Klee Kai was recognized by the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) in 1995 and by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1997.
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a highly intelligent, highly inquisitive, active, quick and agile dog that quickly becomes an integral part of any family that wishes to adopt one. He looks like a Siberian Husky, the AKK is aloof and suspicious of strangers. Thanks to this, they make very good watchdogs. To help them integrate into a society where they must accept and tolerate strangers, they must be socialized very early and must be continuous throughout their lives. They are moderately active but have plenty of prey, such as rabbits, hamsters, birds, cats, etc...which they will hunt and kill if not properly socialized. The Alakan Klee Kai can't stand being mistreated by children (pinched, etc). Due to its intelligence, the Alaskan Klee Kai needs a good education and can excel in many activities. The AKK is an activity he seems to be pretty good at. If your Klee Kai is very active, agility is a good way for him to let off steam.