Congratulations to cutie pie Crimson for being our POTW! Now I mentioned that this pup is an Alaskan Klee Kai . . . but I wanted to tell you a little bit more about this rare breed. The most distinctive characteristic is the striking facial mask of contrasting colors, don't those patterns look like a husky face?! These pups are very small, earning them the nickname "mini huskies." Recognized by the United Kennel Club since 1997, the dogs should be between 13 to 17 inches high but with the same double coat, prick ears, and furry tails of their ancestors. The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family, to be a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. She says:
They are not the fictional husky of the famous Jack London books, and they are not the beautiful Siberian Huskies, which the Russians imported from the Kamchatka Peninsula in the 18th century to haul their sled loads of fur. Neither is the Alaskan Husky related to the Malamute whose ancestors were the Eskimo dogs used by the people of coastal Alaska. Instead, the ancestors of the Alaskan Husky were a scruffy little Indian dog used by the people of interior Alaska.
See a couple more pictures of these beautiful dogs when you read more.