Thursday, June 9, 2011


This is a new breed of dog that was invented by a lady named Linda S. Spurlin back in the 1970s.  She wanted to make a dog that looked like a Siberian Husky, but that was smaller, so that it could be more of a companion dog.  So she bred Siberian and Alaskan Huskies with American Eskimo dogs and Schipperkes.  Then she named the breed the Alaskan Klee Kai.  In the native Athabaskan language, the phrase klee kai means "small dog."  Sometimes this breed is also called a Miniature Husky.

Alaskan Klee Kai look a lot like Siberians, but they also have some differences, such as a shorter snout, larger ears, and a higher tail set.  There are three sizes of Klee Kai:
      Toy size -- up to 13"
      Miniature size -- 13" to 15"
      Standard size -- 15" to 17"

The breed comes in four main colors:  black-and-white, gray-and-white, red-and-white, or shades of white.  The most important thing is that you have to be able to clearly see the facial mask.

Ms. Spurlin worked on breeding these dogs in private until 1988, and that is when she let the public know about them.  The American Rare Breed Association recognized the breed in 1995, and the United Kennel Club recognized it in 1997.  The AKC has not recognized the Klee Kai yet, but maybe they will someday. So far, there are still not a whole lot of Klee Kai in the country, but there are getting to be more of them.

These dogs are small enough to live in apartments, but they have a lot of energy, so a place with a yard is probably better.  Either that, or you should take them for long walks every day.  They also blow their coats twice a year, so while that is happening, they need regular brushing.

When Alaskan Klee Kai meet people they don't know, they are pretty cautious at first.  For this reason, they are really good watchdogs.  They don't like being poked or bullied by children, so they are not always good family pets.  But they are smart and they do well in obedience classes, and also in agility.

Mom and I think that one of the dogs at the Humane Society, Sasha, is a Klee Kai.  It doesn't seem like a dog of this unusual breed would be in a shelter, but Sasha looks and acts like a Klee Kai.  Also she came from the home of a hoarder, so that person could have got this type of dog from someplace.  Anyway, that's our opinion about Sasha, and we're sticking to it!


  1. Dear Piper.
    OMG, those are the cutest dogs ever! They are a mini version of huskies! No wonder they are so obedient, but they're type sounds a little complicated. Sorry I missed some of your posts, oh and I noticed that you completely changed your blog, it is the perfect pattern for you though.
    Okay that's enough out of me!

  2. Dear Tas,
    I wondered where you were, but I thought you would come back eventually! I agree that these Klee Kai dogs are really cute, although they are not as cute as basenjis are, of course. I'm glad you like my new blog look. It took me hours to make all those footprints! LOL
    Your friend, Piper

  3. The first dog looks so loyal!

  4. How do I get one?????

  5. You can put the breed name into Google or whatever search engine you use, and you should get some listings for Klee Kai breeders that have dogs for sale.

  6. Its a very nice and informative blog. I like these kinds of blogs. I hope this information is very useful for all searching about Alaskan Klee Kai Puppies.

    1. Dear Unknown,
      I'm glad you like my blog. I think it would be nice if more people had Alaskan Klee Kai dogs, so maybe what I wrote will inspire them to get one.
      Sincerely, Piper

  7. How much do these puppies sell for? I'm looking for a smaller dog and I think this would be perfect. I was actually wantons a husky because I've had like 6 of them and they are the best but they are too big. These puupies are perfect!!

    1. I don't know how much these puppies cost. I guess you would have to find a breeder and ask them. You could Google Alaskan Klee Kai puppies, and you would probably find some breeders.

  8. I have always enjoyed having one of the large dog breeds and it wasn’t until my brother brought home a Beagle puppy from college that I had ever had any real contact with a little dog. It’s not that I don’t like little dogs, there are some really cute small dog breeds, and it’s just that I have grown so accustomed to having one of the large dog breeds that I can’t imagine having other type puff dog. Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds

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  11. Looks to me that Sasha is mixed with German Shepherd