Breed Detail

Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai
 

Breed Description +

The most distinctive characteristic of the Alaskan Klee Kai is the facial mask, which is clearly visible due to contrasting colors. The full face mask is the most desirable. 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.
  • AKC Name:

    Alaskan Klee Kai

  • AKC Group:

    Non-Sporting

  • Genetic Group:

    Asian

  • Observed Weight:

    12 - 24 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    10 - 23 lbs

Features+

Identifying Features:


Average Height: 13 - 17 inches

History+

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a reasonably modern miniaturized breed developed from Alaskan and Siberian Huskies in the 1970s after the breeder, Linda Spurlin saw an accidental mating between an Alaskan Husky and an unknown small dog and thought it would make the perfect pet. Breeding with small, Nordic, spitz-type dogs such as the Schipperke and American Eskimo Dog, she kept the miniaturization of the breed a secret until she was confident about their nature as a pet. Although this dog is ideal for small apartments, they need daily exercise as they have a high energy level. They are a large dog in a small dog’s body, and although they will happily curl up on your lap, they have still retained their hunting, guarding, and pack instincts of the Huskies. This breed is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club’s breed classification system.

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