Alaskan Klee Kai Dog Breed

The Klee Kai makes a good watch dog as it is very alert at all times.
By: PawCulture Editors
medium size black and white husky

About the Alaskan Klee Kai Dog Breed

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.

Alaskan Klee Kai 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 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.


Similarly to the Husky, the breed can be red and white, black and white or grey and white. The most desirable feature in a Klee Kai is the facemask (similar to the markings seen on a Husky face).


The Klee Kai has a thick double coat.

Alaskan Klee Kai Personality and Temperament

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The Alaskan Klee Kai is a small and affection dog that is a loving and loyal family pet. The Klee Kai makes a good watch dog as it is very alert at all times.

Things to Consider

This breed may be cautious around strangers and small children, so it is best to socialize it at an early age.

Alaskan Klee Kai Care

Ideal Living Conditions

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

Special Requirements

The double layer coat requires a moderate amount of grooming.

Alaskan Klee Kai Health

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.

Alaskan Klee Kai 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.