The Alaskan Klee Kai have ancient roots descended from the numerous native dogs that have populated Alaska for thousands of years. Many of these dogs not only became loving pets, but were vital for the tribal groups and nomads in the harsh Alaskan environment. They excelled at sled pulling, hiking, hunting, and tracking, and were early warnings for dangers such as wild animals or approaching enemies. One of the largest groups of native dogs that make up the basis of what is known as the Alaskan Husky dog type are the Alaskan Interior Village dogs. Husky lines from Siberia, imported to Alaska in the early 20th century, were added to much of this hearty dog population as dog sledding began to grow. They developed an intelligent, vigorous, and hardworking dog with a happy nature.
The Alaskan Klee Kai breed we see today was developed from these well-bred husky dogs in Alaska by Linda Spurlin and her family in the early 1970s. Using a rigorous breeding program to select the slightly smaller dogs with the type / appearance she envisioned and which also met her high standards of health, structure and temperament, she carefully co-developed a companion-sized version of the Alaska Husky a very distinctive contrasting symmetrical facial mask and markings. Similar to their ancestors, the Alaskan Klee Kai is adaptable to different lifestyles, travel, hiking, sports, entertainment, therapy and service and, above all, is a loving companion dog for all age groups.