"Siberian Huskies are strong,
compact, working sled dogs"
The medium sized head is in proportion to the body, with a muzzle
that is equal in length to the skull, with a well defined stop. The color of the nose depends upon the color
of the dog's coat.
It is black in gray, tan or black dogs, liver in copper dogs and
flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The medium sized, oval shaped eyes are moderately spaced and come in blue,
brown, amber, or any combination thereof. Eyes can be half blue and half brown, (parti-eyed) or can have one
blue eye and one brown eye (bi-eyed). The erect ears are triangular in shape, set high up on the
The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The tail is carried over the back
in a sickle curve, not curved to either side when the dog is excited. The large "snow shoe" feet have hair
between the toes to help keep them warm and for gripping on ice. Dewclaws are sometimes
The medium length, double coat is thick and can withstand
temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees F ( -50 degrees to -60 degrees C). Coat colors include all
from black to pure white, with or without markings on the head. The face mask and underbody are usually
white, and the remaining coat any color.
Examples of common colors are black and white, red and white, brown,
gray and white, silver, wolf -gray, sable and white, red-orange with black tips, dark gray and white.
Pie-bald is a very common coat pattern.
Siberian Husky Description....medium-sized working
dog, quick and light on his feet and free and graceful in action. His moderately compact and well-furred
body, erect ears and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage. His characteristic gait is smooth and
seemingly effortless. He performs his original function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at a
moderate speed over great distances.
His body proportions and form reflect this basic balance of power,
speed and endurance. The males of the Siberian Husky breed are masculine but
never coarse; the bitches are feminine but without weakness of structure. In proper condition, with muscle
firm and well developed, the Siberian Husky does not carry excess weight.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Height: Dogs, 21 to 23 1/2 inches at the withers.
Bitches, 20 to 22 inches at the withers.
Weight: Dogs, 45 to 60 pounds. Bitches, 35 to 50
pounds. Weight is in proportion to height. The measurements mentioned above represent the extreme height and
weight limits with no preference given to either extreme. Any appearance of excessive bone or weight should
In profile, the length of the body from the point of the shoulder to
the rear point of the croup is slightly longer than the height of the body from the ground to the top of the
Disqualification: Dogs over 23 1/2 inches and
bitches over 22 inches.
Head Expression: Is keen, but friendly;
interested and even mischievous.
Eyes: Almond shaped, moderately spaced and set a
trifle obliquely. Eyes may be brown or blue in color; one of each or parti-colored are acceptable. Faults:
Eyes set too obliquely; set too close together.
Ears: Of medium size, triangular in shape, close
fitting and set high on the head. They are thick, well furred, slightly arched at the back, and strongly
erect, with slightly rounded tips pointing straight up. Faults: Ears too large in proportion to the head; too
wide-set; not strongly erect.
Skull: Of medium size and in proportion to the body;
slightly rounded on top and tapering from the widest point to the eyes. Faults: Head clumsy or heavy; head
too finely chiseled.
Stop: The stop is well-defined and the bridge of the
nose is straight from the stop to the tip. Fault: Insufficient stop.
Muzzle: Of medium length; that is, the distance from
the tip of the nose to the stop is equal to the distance from the stop to the occiput. The muzzle is of
medium width, tapering gradually to the nose, with the tip neither pointed nor square. Faults: Muzzle either
too snipy or too coarse; muzzle too short or too long.
Nose: Black in gray, tan or black dogs; liver in
copper dogs; may be flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The pink-streaked "snow nose" is
Lips: Are well pigmented and close
Teeth: Closing in a scissors bite. Fault: any bite
other than scissors.
Neck, Topline, Body
Neck: Medium in length, arched and carried proudly
erect when dog is standing. When moving at a trot, the neck is extended so that the head is carried slightly
forward. Faults: Neck too short and thick; neck too long.
Chest: Deep and strong, but not too broad, with the
deepest point being just behind and level with the elbows. The ribs are well-sprung from the spine but
flattened on the sides to allow for freedom of action. Faults: Chest too broad; "barrel ribs;" ribs too flat
Back: The back is straight and strong, with a level
topline from withers to croup. It is of medium length, neither cobby nor slack from excessive length. The
loin is taut and lean, narrower than the rib cage, and with a slight tuck-up. The croup slopes away from the
spine at an angle, but never so steeply as to restrict the rearward thrust of the hind legs. Faults: Weak or
slack back; roached back; sloping topline.
The well-furred tail of fox-brush shape is set on just below the
level of the topline, and is usually carried over the back in a graceful sickle curve when the dog is at
attention. When carried up, the tail does not curl to either side of the body, nor does it snap flat against
A trailing tail is normal for the dog when in repose. Hair on the
tail is of medium length and approximately the same length on top, sides and bottom, giving the appearance of
a round brush. Faults: A snapped or tightly curled tail; highly plumed tail; tail set too low or too
Shoulders: The shoulder blade is well laid back. The
upper arm angles slightly backward from point of shoulder to elbow, and is never perpendicular to the ground.
The muscles and ligaments holding the shoulder to the rib cage are firm and well-developed. Faults: Straight
shoulders; loose shoulders.
Forelegs: When standing and viewed from the front,
the legs are moderately spaced, parallel and straight, with the elbows close to the body and turned neither
in nor out. Viewed from the side, pasterns are slightly slanted, with the pastern joint strong, but
Bone is substantial but never heavy. Length of the leg from elbow to
ground is slightly more than the distance from the elbow to the top of withers. Dewclaws on forelegs may be
removed. Faults: Weak pasterns; too heavy bone; too narrow or too wide in the front; out at the
Feet: Oval in shape but not long. The paws are
medium in size, compact and well-furred between the toes and pads. The pads are tough and thickly cushioned.
The paws neither turn in nor out when the dog is in natural stance. Faults: Soft or splayed toes; paws too
large and clumsy; paws too small and delicate; toeing in or out.
When standing and viewed from the rear, the hind legs are moderately
spaced and parallel. The upper thighs are well-muscled and powerful, the stifles well bent, the hock joint
well defined and set low to the ground. Dewclaws, if any, are to be removed. Faults: Straight stifles,
cowhocks, too narrow or too wide in the rear.
The coat of the Siberian Husky is double and medium in length, giving
a well-furred appearance, but is never so long as to obscure the clean-cut outline of the dog. The undercoat
is soft and dense and of sufficient length to support the outer coat.
The guard hairs of the outer coat are straight and somewhat
smooth-lying, never harsh nor standing straight off from the body. It should be noted that the absence of the
undercoat during the shedding season is normal Trimming of whiskers and fur between the toes and around the
feet to present a neater appearance is permissible.
Trimming the fur on any other part of the dog is not to be condoned
and should be severely penalized. Faults: Long, rough, or shaggy coat; texture too harsh or too silky;
trimming of the coat, except as permitted above.
All colors from black to pure white are allowed. A variety of
markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds.
The Siberian Husky's characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly
effortless. He is quick and light on his feet, and when in the show ring should be gaited on a loose lead at
a moderately fast trot, exhibiting good reach in the forequarters and good drive in the
When viewed from the front to rear while moving at a walk the
Siberian Husky does not single-track, but as the speed increases the legs gradually angle inward until the
pads are falling on a line directly under the longitudinal center of the body.
As the pad marks converge, the forelegs and hind legs are carried
straight forward, with neither elbows nor stifles turned in or out. Each hind leg moves in the path of the
foreleg on the same side. While the dog is gaiting, the topline remains firm and level. Faults: Short,
prancing or choppy gait, lumbering or rolling gait; crossing or crabbing.
The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and
gentle, but also alert and outgoing. He does not display the possessive qualities of the guard dog, nor is he
overly suspicious of strangers or aggressive with other dogs. Some measure of reserve and dignity may be
expected in the mature dog. His intelligence, tractability, and eager disposition make him an agreeable
companion and willing worker.
The most important breed characteristics of the Siberian Husky are
medium size, moderate bone, well balanced proportions, ease and freedom of movement, proper coat, pleasing
head and ears, correct tail, and good disposition. Any appearance of excessive bone or weight, constricted or
clumsy gait, or long, rough coat should be penalized.
The Siberian Husky description never appears so heavy or coarse as to
suggest a freighting animal; nor is he so light and fragile as to suggest a sprint-racing animal. In both
sexes the Siberian Husky gives the appearance of being capable of great endurance. In addition to the faults
already noted, the obvious structural faults common to all breeds are as undesirable in the Siberian Husky as
in any other breed, even though they are not specifically mentioned herein.