The Alaskan Klee Kai should look like a miniature husky. Although their standard is based on that of the Siberian Husky, there are physical differences, such as a shorter snout, larger ears, and higher tail set, that make them easily distinguishable from the Siberian.
Alaskan Klee Kai come in four main color varieties. Black and White, which can appear with stark contrasts or with a more dilute diffusion of the colors; Gray and White, which comes in several variations; Red and White, which appears either as a cinnamon or a dark auburn, or shades of white.
They come in three sizes based on their height:
Toy size Alaskan Klee Kai are under 13 inches in height.
Miniature Alaskan Klee Kai are over 13 inches high and up to 15 inches high.
Standard Alaskan Klee Kai are over 15 inches high and up to 17 inches in height.
Seriously Faulted – Any Alaskan Klee Kai over 17 inches and up to 17.5 inches.
Disqualified – Any Alaskan Klee Kai over 17.5 inches.
Health Problems: The breed has little health problems.
Living Conditions: Because of their size, these dogs can live in an apartment, but a house with at least a small yard is recommended.
Exercise: These dogs should be exercised regularly. They should be taken on long daily walks.
Life Expectancy: Unknown yet, but 14 years is a good estimate.
Litter Size: Average of 1 – 3 puppies.
Grooming: This breed sheds and should be combed and brushed on a regular basis. This breed is an average shedder.
The Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, Inc. (also referred as AKKAOA) is a nationwide organization devoted to the promotion and welfare of the Alaskan Klee Kai (AKK), an Alaskan husky in miniature. Explore the links to find out more information on the Association and the rare breed that is lovingly referred to as the AKK.
The breed was developed in Wasilla, Alaska during the mid-1970s by Linda S. Spurlin after she observed the result of an accidental mating of an Alaskan Husky and an unknown small dog. The breed was developed with Siberian and Alaskan Huskies using Schipperke and American Eskimo Dog to bring down the size without dwarfism. She bred these dogs in private until she released them to the general public in 1988. Originally called the “Klee Kai”, the breed split into “Alaskan Klee Kai” and “Klee Kai” for political reasons in 1995. The breed consolidated under the new name in 2002.
If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using the major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.
At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following States: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.