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Breed Spotlight: Alaskan Klee Kai

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

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
he is sooooo adorable!!!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
he is precious!! congrats on POTW
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Gorgeous dog!
thorswitch thorswitch 9 years
Since we know it's getting close to the time when Tasha will be leaving us, Nyght and I have been just reading up on various breeds and trying to determine what would be a good fit for our family. So far, all three of our dogs have been Black Lab mixes, and the next probably will be also, since we're somewhat familiar with the temperment now, but then you go and throw a face like that up on the screen and.... AWWWwwwwwwwwwww! He's SOOOOOOOOOO adorable! And doesn't Crimson look like he knows *exactly* what he wants to do - he just got this great determination on that sweet little puppy face :) Maybe we'll get lucky and find a Lab/Alaskan (or Husky) mix :) LOL
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Beautiful dog.
betchface33 betchface33 9 years
uhh this dog is the most beautifulishous thing ever omg i want it
PAULAYOST PAULAYOST 9 years
What a beautiful dog. I thought I new all breeds. I wonder if they have a thick coat like a husky?
zombielove zombielove 9 years
awwww theyre soooo gorgeous. i want one.
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
Want want want want want!!! Mini Husky!! That is the cutest dog. That and the Swedish Valhund (viking dog)! Of course, since they're so rare they're probably super expensive and hard to get. I doubt I will find one at the Las Vegas shelter!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
so beautiful. I read on a site somwhere that they actually have 3 sizes, toy mini and standard, ranging from like 10-20 lbs. adorable.
wren1 wren1 9 years
A really cool looking dog!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Positively stunning! It looks like Crimson has a little mischief in him? Something about those awesome blue eyes... Kisses to Crimson!
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