The Alaskan Klee Kai has a light, compact frame covered in a well-furred coat that comes in almost any color. Its slightly rounded, wedge-shaped head has triangular ears that open forward, almond-shaped eyes and a distinctive facial mask. Its arched neck and straight back leads to a bushy tails. Overall, the Alaskan Klee Kai has a balanced and well-developed look.
The Alaskan Klee Kai looks a lot like a Siberian Husky, but it has its own unique personality. The Klee Kai is just as loving and outgoing as its cousin, but it can be somewhat reserved with strangers. It is an observant and protective canine, making for a formidable watchdog. Around the home, it is active, friendly and loving, not to mention highly intelligent and trainable. The Alaskan Klee Kai is a warm and loyal companion.
The Alaskan Klee Kai can live as long as 14 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Some may develop cardiac problems or liver disease, however. The Klee Kai’s furry coat requires regular brushing, especially during shedding seasons. It is perfectly suited for apartment living as long as it gets a good daily walk.
A relatively new breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai was developed in the 1970s by mixing Alaskan sled dogs with the Siberian Husky and various small dogs like the Schipperke. The original breeder, an Alaskan named Linda Spurlin, created the Klee Kai as a more compact and apartment-friendly version of the Alaskan Husky type.