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"A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds," says the standard.

The photos to the right, show a small range from the wide palet of markings, masks and patterns found in the breed. There are rarely two Siberians alike.

There are no prescriptions for masks, and no clear categorization can be made, but some of the markings found in the breed can be described. Among them are: 'Munkcowl' (shaped like a V), 'Open face' (the white extends far up the forehead), 'Wolf mask' (dark bars over the nose), 'Dirty face' (no white in the face) and 'Goggles' (the color surrounds the eyes which gives the impression of the dog wearing glasses). The breed is most known for its symmetrical markings and this is often seen in the show ring.


A dark to light, but definite brown eye.

"Eyes may be brown or blue in color. One of each or parti-colored are acceptable." according to the standard.

No other breed allows such wide variety. Apart from two brown and two blue eyes, the Siberian Husky can have one of each or even have both colors in one eye. This great diversity in eye colors makes the breed even more unique than it already is by its variety in markings and coat colors.

Brown is the most common color, but the breed is most known for its blue eyes with the general public. Yet, many an owner of a blue eyed Siberian is asked if the dog has eye-problems. Dogs with blue eyes or one blue and one brown eye have as good eyesight as any other brown eyed dog. The same goes for parti-color eyed specimens.

White with a blue cast.
One eye of each color.
Partions of the eye are different colored.

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