to vargevass


    Move the mouse over the picture for a detailed description.


  General Appearance

The Siberian Husky is a 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 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, Proportions, Substance

Height: Dogs, 53 to 60 centimeter. Bitches, 51 to 56 centimeter.
Weight: Dogs, 21 to 27 kilogram, Bitches, 16 to 23 kilogram.
Disqualification: Dogs over 60 centimeter and bitches over 56 centimeter.

Expression: Is keen, but friendly; interested and even mischievous.
Stop: The stop is well-defined and the bridge of the nose is straight from the stop to the tip.
Fault: Insufficient stop.
Lips: Well pigmented and close fitting.
Teeth: Closing in a scissors bite.
Fault: any bite other than scissors.
For Eyes, Ears, Skull, Muzzle and Nose, see picture above.
  Neck, Topline Body, see picture above.
  Forequarters and Hindquarters, see picture above.

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 dogs is not 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. For an overview, see the colors page. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds. For an overview of head markings, see the portraits page.

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 hindquarters. When viewed from the front to rear while moving at a walk, the Siberian Husky does not single-track, but as 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 hindlegs 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, 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 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.

  Source: Federation Internationale Cynologique (FCI), 1996
American Kennel Club (AKC)


vargevass homepage | home | breedstandard | breedtypes | portraits | colors | behaviour | health,, © Eveline Koch,, January 2004