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Alaskan Klee Kai


Alaskan Klee Kai Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • Toy: under 13" (33cm)
    Miniature: 13.1" - 15" (33 - 38cm)
    Standard: 15" - 17" (38 - 43.2cm)
  • Weight
  • Minimum 5 lbs (2.2kg)
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Silver / Grey
    • White / Black
    • White
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

The Alaskan Klee Kai is also known as the AKK, Klee Kai, and Klee Kai of Alaska.


The Alaskan Klee Kai originated in Wasilla, Alaska, United States.

Date Of Origin

The Alaskan Klee Kai breed was created in the mid 1970's.


The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed by Linda Spurlin in the 1970's. Mrs Spurlin and her family were creating a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. The Spurlins carefully selected dogs who met their high standards for appearance and soundness. Breed crosses responsible for the Alaskan Klee Kai include Alaskan husky, Siberian husky, American Eskimo, schipperke.

In 1988, the Spurlins invited other breeders to work with them in the development of this new breed, and in 1990, the breed standard was written. The Alaskan Klee Kai was recognized by the UKC in 1997. The entire story of the development of the Alaskan Klee Kai is available on the Alaskan Klee Kai Association Of America's website.


The Klee Kai resembles a small Siberian Husky. He was a wedge shaped head, prick ears, a sturdy body with a tail that curls over the back, and almond shaped eyes. He has a full coat that sheds heavily during spring and fall. Contrasting hair colors produce a striking masked face, accentuated by the variety of colors or combination of colors of the eyes. The appearance of the Alaskan Klee Kai reflects the breed's Northern heritage.


The Alaskan Klee Kai is very curious, active, quick and agile. His loyalty and alertness make the Alaskan Klee Kai an excellent watchdog, who may be territorial despite his small size. While affectionate with family members, the Alaskan Klee Kai is reserved and cautious with strangers and in unfamiliar situations. The Alaskan Klee Kai requires socialization. The Alaskan Klee Kai is good with children that understand how to handle a pet, but will not tolerate rough handling - and thus should not be left unattended with young children. They have a strong prey drive and should not be trusted alone with smaller pets.

With the sled dog heritage, the Alaskan Klee Kai can be quite busy. A long walk or jog daily will keep this energetic breed healthy and mischief-free. This breed is very playful and thrives in many canine sports including sledding, skijoring, agility, flyball, and flying disc. Many have also made successful therapy dogs.

The Alaskan Klee Kai requires an experienced, firm owner. It can adapt to apartment life if provided with sufficient exercise.


The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed as a companion breed.

Health Concerns

None known when responsible breeding guidelines are adhered to.

Additional Information

During most of the year, the Alaskan Klee Kai can be brushed 2 or 3 times per week, however, during the spring and the fall when shedding is heaviest, daily brushing may be required.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

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