|This breed is basically a small husky|
The Alaskan Klee Kai (or AKK) is a more recently created breed of dog. It began in the 1970s with a single bitch who had been the product of a breeding between an Alaskan husky and a small dog of some sort. She looked like a husky in perfect miniature, and everyone thought it was adorable, so the owner, Linda S. Spurlin decided to create a new breed replicating the first. After some rather harsh selective breeding based on the mantra of "breed the best, cull the rest," the Klee Kai was born.
|Size comparison to a Siberian husky|
Health-wise, the AKK is prone to a wide variety of ailments including patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, liver issues, heart murmurs, cleft palate, an open fontanel (i.e. soft spot on the head), and retained baby teeth, among many other things.
Sources are Linda S. Spurlin, the Alaskan Klee Kai Association of America, United Kennel Club, and a breeder. Images are from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license or are copyright free: one, two.