Breed Spotlight: The Alaskan Klee Kai!

Alaskan Klee Kais are intelligent, loyal, and energetic dogs! The Alaskan Klee Kai's, Sandy and Katana!

In our daycare environment, you would most likely see our Alaskan Klee Kai's cuddled up on a bed, watching the action in the room, or being the life of the party!  They often go from being couch potatoes to having a burst of energy and then back to their favorite bed in the sun. But, of course, they love attention from their favorite staff members, too!

These dogs generally weigh between 6 - 25 pounds and have a life expectancy of 13 - 16 years!



Alaskan Klee Kais have deep, ancient roots descending from the native dogs in Alaska!

Their descendants had many skills like tracking, hunting, and pulling sleds.  They were often crucial in the survival of tribal groups and nomadic people of Alaska.

The modern Alaskan Klee Kai that we see today was formed in Alaska.  They were bred from Siberian Husky lines by Linda Spurlin in the 1970s.  She used a breeding program by selecting the smaller the Huskies with the look, temperament, and health she desired.

TemperamentThe Alaskan Klee Kai's, Dakota and Stryker!

The Alaskan Klee Kai is a versatile breed that can adapt to multiple lifestyles. In addition, they are excellent companion dogs, as they tend to have tight bonds with their people.

They can sometimes be cautious about new people or things, but with encouragement through positive reinforcement training, they will be eager to please!  They love to be physically and mentally challenged, making them a great candidate for sports like agility, rally obedience, and scent work.


Alaskan Klee Kais are not considered "high maintenance", but they require regular grooming, exercise, and socialization.

This breed has a double coat, so brushing is a must!  It is recommended that they be brushed once a week to help reduce the amount of dog hair around your home.

While Klee Kais enjoy lounging around the house, they require regular exercise.  They are excellent camping and hiking companions.  For those that do not do many outdoor activities, they would enjoy daily walks or playing fetch in the backyard!

Alaskan Klee Klais are considered a healthy breed and are not prone to many health issues. But, of course, we recommend looking into reputable breeders that screen for things like heart murmurs, patella luxation, and other health conditions.

Meet Sandy! Sandy the Alaskan Klee Kai!

Sandy is one of our regular training clients here at Wags & Wiggles.  She has an older Klee Kai sister, Katana, too!

She is currently enrolled in our Puppy Raising Program.  This program is designed for the dogs to have training sessions while getting the socialization they need in daycare.  When she first started coming to our facility, she was reserved and mostly hung out with her older sister. However, after beginning her training and building confidence, she has become the life of the party!

Her owner's goals for her training were to help her gain confidence, have positive socialization, learn basic obedience, and be an overall well-rounded puppy.

She is an excellent example of why it is essential to begin positive reinforcement training with your Alaskan Klee Kai as soon as possible.  And to continue to train, explore,  and have fun with them!

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  • I purchased a breeding pair, 4.5 years old. In speaking with the breeder, it turned out to be an expensive rescue. Shots outdated, broken bones healed badly and about to go into heat again. Three weeks later, the pair have become the delight if the household. Have had shots and microchipped. Spaying and neutering dates set. They stay at home fir a few hours twice a day, play in the yard often, enjoy balls, toy bones, and certain stuffy toys. They needed love, they wiggled into our hearts and settled there.

  • My husband and I had a miniature grey and white female Alaskan Klee Kai named Luna who we purchased back in 1998. I used to have three Siberian huskies when I was a teenager back in the 1970’s. In addition to being being beloved pets, we enjoyed recreational mushing and short distance racing which both the dogs and I enjoyed immensely. The time I spent with these wonderful beings were one of the fondest memories of my youth. When I was 38 I unfortunately had a serious accident that left me partly disabled. I could walk with a walker but when my elderly whippet died I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to handle the strength and actively level of a full sized husky, and I was delighted to find out about the Klee kai. My husband got me Luna for my birthday and she was not only absolutely gorgeous, she was one of the most intelligent, amazing dogs I have ever had though I wouldn’t recommend Klee Kai for first time dog owners unless they are willing to learn how to deal with a possibly shy, stubborn, somewhat over sensative breed first. I didn’t have these problems with Luna, but others told me they sometimes had. They are unlike any other kind of dog I have owned, and in my long life I’ve had Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, smooth whippets, longhaired whippets, silken windhounds ( one of whom was a trained, certified Service Dog), a wolf husky hybrid, an Italian Greyhound, a great Dane, and a cockapoo in addition to Siberian huskies. Luna was one of a kind. She definitely had many husky personality traits, but differed in being a very good watchdog and also a one person dog. She loved both of us but was intensely bonded to my husband. When he passed away from cancer, she was heartbroken and refused to eat for awhile. She was never the same afterwards. When she was about four, she got out and was hit by a car, suffering a badly broken pelvis and other injuries. We managed to save her but her tail was paralyzed and that put an end to her show career ( she had been doing quite well). We also were planning at least one litter of puppies, because this was still kind of near the beginning of the development of the breed, before they were even recognized by the UKC ( we had to show her a ARBA and Rarities shows) and she was a good example of the breed as well as not suffering from extensive shyness, which was a real problem back in those days. They seem to have bred that out pretty much by now. Also, back then a red Klee Kai was nearly impossible to find, now they are a lot more common. Luna was gray, not red so I’m only mentioning this for information. My husband and I were also involved in the development of another new breed, the Silken Windhound, which has now been finally recognized by several different Kennel Clubs. Back then we had to show them at Rarities. We had five dogs in our home including Luna, mostly Silken Windhounds and one full sized Siberian husky, who was also a trained back up Service Dog. We ended up with her when she was dumped in the middle of a freeway at rush hour by her horrible former owner. She was hit by a car and suffered injuries, only to her foot fortunately, and was rescued by an acquaintance who couldn’t keep her so we stepped in because we had a large property at the time and I knew huskies. She made a full recovery and got along well with our other four dogs and with us. I had her trained as a back up Service Dog because my silken windhound main Service Dog turned out to have bad allergies which made him sneeze and cough sometimes, which made some people think he was “sick” and object to him being in public. Eventually we had to retire him and let Kila step in. But I digress. Luna the Klee Kai weighed 15 pounds but was the Alpha of my entire 5 dog pack, and she was a great Alpha. For example, she took it upon herself to housebreak all my rescue dogs and new puppies by personally herding them out of the dog door into the yard when she sensed they had to go. I never had to do any of it! She also kept order and wouldn’t allow any bickering or fighting. Everyone ate peacefully out of two very large communal dog food dishes. When my silken female Amber had puppies, she was the “Auntie” who helped socialize them. She even mothered a litter of feral kittens we had rescued, carrying them gently to her own bed and cuddling and grooming them. She would have made a wonderful mother, but the injury to her pelvis made that impossible. We got her at 8 weeks, and the very first night she slept in the bed with Jim and I. She didn’t have any accidents, and plainly asked to go out in the morning ( her breeder had not made any effort to housebreak her). She was the easiest puppy to housebreak I have ever had, she practically did it herself. Anything we tried to teach her, she picked up almost immediately. She was incredibly intelligent. In addition to many tricks and commands, I showed respect for her “husky” desire to pull things by buying her a tiny sledding harness and letting her pull small objects, teaching her all the sled dog commands. I was going to get her involved in carting with a tiny dog cart, but she had the accident first so that never happened. When she was recovering from her terrible car accident, she was clearly in a lot of pain but never complained and was completely cooperative with our efforts to care for her and never snapped or growled like I had seen other dogs so with a lot milder injuries ( I had worked for a Veterinary clinic). Luna was wonderful. Unfortunately, when my husband Jim got cancer and had to be hospitalized for a long time, Luna was very anxious and kept waiting by the door for him to come home. When he didn’t, she got visabilly depressed and stopped grooming herself and didn’t want to eat. It was clear that I could not replace Jim in her heart, though she did love me. Somehow she knew when he passed away, and *howled* that day. She barely left her bed for weeks. She looked like a shell of the vibrant, happy dog she had been. Eventually she seemed to kind of deal with it emotionally, though she was never the same again. When I finally found a new boyfriend, Luna accepted him unenthusiastically. When she was 10, she managed to get out of the yard and was struck by a car and killed. The strange thing was, she was halfway back to the house where she had lived for many happy years with Jim, a route she had never walked on foot. I personally believe that in her mind she was returning to the place where she imagined that she could find Jim again when she was accidentally killed. I am a spiritual person, and believe that Luna and Jim are together again in another place. Luna’s breeder told me one time that she thought of Luna’s mother Hope as a full person, not just a pet. Knowing Luna, and having had and loved many other breeds of dogs, I would tend to agree. She was different, more self-aware, than any dog I have ever had. It was a blessing to have known her.

  • Thank you for info on Klee Kai’s. I have 5 year old living with me now, however he had a rough start. My grandson had rescued him from having lived in a contained huge cage for 2 years, so his socialization seems a bit damaged. On walks he becomes very difficult if he sees a squirrel, a cat and other dogs. He becomes aggressive, and pulls so hard that I fear he could pull me down. I am 85 years old. He is exceptional in every other way but for his aggressiveness toward other animals. Any suggestion for controlling him on walks would be helpful.

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