the Breed: The
Alaskan Klee Kai
(AKK) was developed in
by Linda Spurlin and her family, to be a companion-sized version of the
Husky. From the early 70’s through 1988, the Spurlins
dogs that met their high standards for appearance and
first AKK to be sold outside of Alaska
was in 1988. The AKK was recognized by the American Rare
Association ( Alaska ARBA)
the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1997.
Husky in Miniature, the AKK is a smaller version of its northern
weighing an average of ten to fifteen pounds. Despite its
this newly developed breed is intended to pull heartstrings instead of
sleds. Their smaller size and loyal and somewhat reserved
make them a unique companion for those seeking a smaller northern
characteristic of the AKK is the striking facial mask that must be
visible due to contrasting colors.
AKK has prick ears
and a well-furred tail that curls over the back or to either side when
is alert or moving. They can be black and white, or
and white, or red and white. They can be either short-haired
long-haired Their eyes can be both blue, both brown, one of each or
AKK comes in three
varieties. The Toy measures up to 13 inches from the withers
ground. The Miniature is over 13 inches and up to 15 inches,
Standard is over 15 inches but not more than 17-1/2 inches.
proportionate to his height.
of the AKK reflects the breed’s northern heritage.
curious, active, quick and agile. He is loyal and affectionate with
members, but can be reserved and cautious with strangers and in
situations. Obedience training is highly recommended for
Below is a video
puppies and their Siberian counterparts at the same ages.
AKK has a high
energy level and, due to its heavy double coat, sheds continuously and
coat twice a year. Therefore an AKK may not be an ideal
everyone. However, if in an appropriate home, the AKK can be
and loving companion. Because of their size, these dogs can
apartment, but a home with at least a small, well-fenced yard is
They should be exercised regularly, however, they are not as dependent
exercise as their larger relatives.