DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
UTILIZATION: Sledge dog
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types. Section 1
Nordic Sledge Dogs.
Without working trial.
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 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.
- 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 withers.
- The distance from the tip of the nose to the stop is equal
to the distance from the stop to the occiput.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
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
Skull: Of medium size and in proportion to the body;
sligthly rounded on top and tapering from the widest point
to the eyes.
Stop: Well defined.
Nose: Black in gray, tan or black dogs; liver in copper
dogs; may be flesh-coloured in pure white dogs. The
pink-streaked « snow nose » is acceptable.
Muzzle: Of medium length and of medium width, tapering
gradually to the nose, with the tip neither pointed nor
square. The bridge of the nose is straight from the stop to
Lips: Well pigmented and close fitting.
Jaws/Teeth: Closing in a scissor bite.
Eyes: Almond shaped, moderately spaced and set a trifle
obliquely. Eyes may be brown or blue in colour; one of each
or particoloured are acceptable.
Expression: Keen, but friendly, interested and even
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.
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.
Back: Straight and strong, with a level topline from
withers to croup. Of medium length, neither cobby nor slack
from excessive length.
Loin: Taut and lean, narrower than the rib cage, and with a
Croup: Slopes away from the spine at an angle, but never so
steeply as to restrict the rearward thrust of the hind legs.
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.
TAIL: 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 the back. 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
FOREQUARTERS: When standing and viewed from the front, the
legs are moderately spaced, parallel and straight. Bone is
substantial but never heavy. Length of the leg from the
elbow to ground is slightly more than the distance from the
elbow to the top of withers. Dewclaws on forelegs may be
Shoulders and arm: 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.
Elbows: Close to the body and turned neither in nor out.
Pastern joint: Strong, but flexible.
Pasterns: Viewed from the side, pasterns are slightly
HINDQUARTERS: When standing and viewed from the rear, the
hind legs are moderately spaced and parallel. Dewclaws, if
any, are to be removed.
Upper thigh: Well muscled and powerful.
Stifle: Well bent.
Hock joint: Well defined and set low to ground.
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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: 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 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 straightforward, 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.
HAIR: 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 cleancut 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.
COLOUR: All colours 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.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at withers:
Dogs: 21 to 23, 5 inches (53,5 - 60 cm).
Females: 20 to 22 inches (50,5 - 56 cm).
Dogs: 45 to 60 pounds (20,5 - 28 kg).
Females : 35 to 50 pounds (15,5 - 23 kg).
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 be penalized.
SUMMARY: 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.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault
should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its
Skull: Head clumsy or heavy; head too finely chiseled.
Muzzle: Either too snipy or too coarse; too short or too
Jaws / Teeth: Any bite other than scissor bite.
Eyes: Set too obliquely; set too close together.
Ears: Too large in proportion to the head; too wide set;
not strongly erect.
Neck: Too short and thick; too long.
Back: Weak or slack back; roached back; sloping topline.
Chest: Too broad; « barrel ribs »; ribs too flat or weak.
Tail: A snapped or tightly curled tail; highly plumed tail;
tail set too low or too high.
Shoulders: Straight shoulders; loose shoulders.
Forequarters: Weak pasterns; too heavy bone; too narrow or
too wide in the front; out at the elbows.
Hindquarters: Straight stifles, cow-hocks, too narrow or
too wide in the rear.
Feet: Soft or splayed toes; paws too large and clumsy; paws
too small and delicate; toeing in or out.
Gait/Movement: Short, prancing or choppy gait, lumbering or
rolling gait; crossing or crabbing.
Hair: Long, rough, or shaggy coat; texture too harsh or too
silky; trimming of the coat, except as permitted above.
Aggresive or overly shy.
Dogs over 23,5 inches (60 cm) and bitches over 22 inches (56
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.