A relatively new breed, the Alaskan Klee Kai is a small spitz-type dog that is commonly referred to as the Miniature Alaskan Husky or Mini Husky. Keeping to their native roots, the breed's name is derived from the Eskimo word Klee Kai meaning "little dog." They were developed by Linda Spurlin and her family during the 1970s and 80s by incorporating the Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, American Eskimo Dog, and Schipperke into the lineage to create a smaller version of the hard-working shed dog, the Alaskan Husky.
Alaskan Klee Kais have a similar appearance to many Northern breeds and can be found in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. They have a wedge-shaped head, erect ears, and a thick double coat that comes in many of the same distinct colors as the Alaskan and Siberian Huskies. The most distinctive feature of the Klee Kai is their facial mask with contrasting colors, a characteristic seen in many Northern breeds. Similar to the Alaskan or Siberian Husky, the eyes of the breed are commonly seen to be blue, brown, or bi-colored. Their muzzle is a moderate length with a black, pink-streaked, or liver nose to match the color of the coat. Also like most Northern breeds, Alaskan Klee Kais have a fluffy tail that curls over itself to sit on top of the lower back.
Lively and alert with a strong physiological tolerance, the Alaskan Klee Kai is very intelligent, curious, and can learn fairly quickly. Their small size allows the breed to be capable of adapting to living in apartments as long as they receive the proper amount of exercise, while indoor playtime is also encouraged to work off their energy. They are natural territory defenders and can make an excellent watchdog, but they should be kept on a leash or within a fenced yard when outdoors because of their high prey drive. The Klee Kai is not considered a barker, but like many Northern breeds, they do make cute howling and "woo-woo" sounds as if they were talking. Although reserved with strangers and a bit intolerant of cats, they are generally friendly with children and other dogs but do not tolerate being mistreated by small children or other pets during playtime. Almost "cat-like" themselves, they do not require a lot of grooming since they are relatively efficient in grooming themselves. These small fluffy dogs can be wonderful companions for a disciplined individual who loves the look of a Husky but does not think they can handle a larger dog.