AKK Origins

The Alaskan Klee Kai was developed in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family, to be a companion-sized version of the Alaskan Husky. From the early 70’s through 1988, the Spurlins carefully selected dogs who met their high standards for appearance and soundness. In 1988, they made the Alaskan Klee Kai available to others. Mrs. Spurlin originally called her new breed the "Klee Kai" but in 1995, it was changed to "Alaskan Klee Kai." The Alaskan Klee Kai is still extremely rare. The Alaskan Klee Kai was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1997.

AKK Breed Standard

Official UKC Breed Standard  Revised May 1, 2012, @Copyright 1997, United Kennel Club, Inc.


Click here to open the UKC website Breed Standard in a new window.


A "Breed Standard" is a list of criteria describing the "perfect" dog of that breed.  Each registry (AKC, UKC, ARBA) has a "breed standard" that defines what judges in that organization should be looking for, both for quality points and things to be cautious of. 


Since the United Kennel Club (UKC) is the main registry accepting Alaskan Klee Kai, those that breed and show these amazing dogs must be intimately aware of the standard.  This is the yardstick by which all dogs must be measured.  Every breeder should be working in their breeding program to produce dogs that are more closely aligned with the breed standard.


The descriptions are very specific, and describe everything from the shape of the eyes, the curl of the tail, the markings (must be symmetrical on an AKK!), the proportions of the body, the movement (known as gait), and actually even describes a bit of personality!


As a puppy buyer, these individual items probably don't carry much weight to you - except that a breeder may be placing a pup as a pet because "the eyes aren't right."  And you'll think, really??  But that just means you luck out!

Links for further research on AKK

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