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Siberian Huskies are one of the most beautiful breeds out there. They’re also known as the “wolf dogs” because of the wolf-like appearance and howling sounds they make when they bark. But don’t worry, these dogs are very friendly and love to play with humans! If you want to learn more about this breed, then read on..
Desire: You can find all sorts of different colours in Siberian breeds – from black, white, red, brown, and grey! There is no standard colour for this breed, so seeing what pops up next is always fun. The coat length varies too – some have thick fur while others have short hair like an Alaskan Malamute or German Shepherd.
And if you’re wondering why their eyes look so unique…well, that’s because they come in many different shades, including amber (which is similar to gold), green or blue! These pups are indeed one-of-a-kind creatures that will steal your heart away once you meet them face-to-face.
Read on to explore all the beautiful Siberian Husky colours
The head should be in proportion to the body and as with most Spitz-type dogs resemble a fox with sharp chiseled features. Siberian huskies ears should be tri-angular in shape and fairly close together standing erect with slightly rounded tips and thickly furred both inside and out.
Is there a more striking dog than a husky?
The neck should be slightly arched with laid back shoulder blades and the top of the front legs angled backwards from the point of shoulder. Straight or loose shoulders are frowned upon. Forelegs should be parallel and moderately spaced as should the hindquarters with well-muscled thighs.
The huskies body should have a level top-line and not be too cobby or too long as this can inhibit movement and the tail should be well-furred, carried over the back in a curve.
The coat should be a double, medium-length thick coat the undercoat dense and soft while the guard hairs of the outer coat should be straight and smooth. Huskies often have striking markings or masks on the face that are not found in other breeds of dogs. A dog which has a heavily masked dark face with no white is known as “dirty faced” and has a wolf-like appearance. Huskies coats can be a variety of colours including:
- Black and White
- Medium/Dark Grey
- Wolf Grey
- Red and White
- Silver and White
The colour of a Sibes nose depends on the coat colour being black in grey, black and agouti dogs, liver-coloured in red and copper dogs and flesh-coloured in pure white dogs. A Siberian Husky’s nose sometimes becomes paler during the winter months and this is known as “snow nose.”
One of the most distinguishing features of a Siberian is their eyes. They often have blue eyes and can have one of each blue and brown (bi-eyed) they can even have both colours in one eye (parti-eyed). Amber eyes can sometimes be found in red or pure white Sibes as can green eyes which is in fact amber mixed with blue making them appear green. This breed of dog may look angelic but they can be extremely mischievous and you can find out more information on a siberian husky temperament on our other page.
This is known as heterochromia and is caused by an in-balance of melanin in the eye it is hereditary and as the Siberian is one of the oldest pure-bred dogs it has become part of the breed standard. They are the only dog where heterochromia is allowed in the show ring and no one can argue it certainly adds to their appeal.
Black Siberian Huskies can be jet black or what is called a diluted black which can make them appear dark grey. They have an undercoat of a paler colour which can be charcoal, beige or white and can also have different coloured points (pigmentation on the nose, around the eyes and paw pads)
Silver & White
A perfect illustration of the double coat. This is a grey undercoat with a white topcoat
This is a reddish-brown shade; quite rare it always has black points and black tipping on the fur. The undercoat can be any shade of red but should not be beige as found in wolf-grey coats. This colouring is always accompanied by a black nose.
Agouti (the wolf-like husky)
Another relatively rare colouring Agouti describes hair which has alternate bands of dark and light shades. The undercoat is charcoal with the outer or topcoat being a mixture of grey, red, tan and black giving a grizzled look that most resembles wolves. It is accompanied by a dark mask and cream coloured markings.
This colour contains the Agouti gene which gives each individual hair a range of shades and produces a rich depth of colouring in the coat. The undercoat is cream/beige with the outercoat being various shades of grey tinged with red or tan.
Most common of the grey shades found in a Siberian, the undercoat is silver or beige with the topcoat containing diluted red or tan tones.
The absence of the Agouti gene produces a silver coat with no hint of red, tan or cream. The undercoat is white while the outercoat is tipped with black but if the black is diluted it produces an almost blue or slate hue.
Red & White
This double coat produces the most shade variation of Husky coats, the dilution factor can produce a light red shade that is almost cream, copper through to a dark chocolate red. Dogs with this coloring always have liver points.
White – You won’t see many this colour
The white Siberian Husky is the rarest of colours. The undercoat is white or silver with the lack of pigment in the topcoat producing a pure white dog that can have either black or liver coloured points.
At this blog post you can view a beautiful white Siberian who lives in Hawaii.
A Siberian Husky is not just an “ordinary dog.” These noble creatures are one of the oldest breeds in existence, and they have a lot to offer. So if you’re thinking about a new family member, consider adding this beautiful breed to your family with all their beautiful colours!