Standard de race officiel CKC,
|Origin and Purpose
The Siberian Husky
was developed untold centuries ago by the Chukchis of Northern
Siberia. The Chukchis, a nomadic people, utilized their dogs in
many ways - companions for their children, hunters for their
food and as their mode of transportation.Siberian Huskies were
brought to Alaska in 1909 for racing, proving themselves to be
hardy dogs with speed and endurance. It is essential that the
breed purpose be retained today.
The Siberian Husky
is a medium-sized working dog, light on his feet, free and
graceful in action. He has an inbred desire to run and an
independent spirit. His well-furred body, erect ears, and brush
tail suggest his northern heritage. He performs his original
function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at
moderate speed over great distances. His body proportions and
form reflect this basic balance of power, speed, endurance and
general athletic abilities. The males of the Siberian Husky
breed are masculine but never coarse. The bitches are feminine
but without weakness of structure. In dogs and bitches, the bone
must be medium with firm and well developed muscles. The coat is
temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly and gentle, but
also alert and energetic. As adults, the breed tends to be aloof
and independent. His intelligence, natural workability and eager
disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing worker,
especially as a sled dog. He does not display the possessive
qualities of a guard dog.
At maturity (18
months) a male should measure 21 - 23-1/2 inches (53-60 cm) at
the withers and should weigh 45 - 60 lbs. (20-27 kg). Bitches
should measure 20 - 22 inches (51-56 cm) and weigh 34 - 50 lbs.
|Coat and Colour
The Siberian Husky
has a thick, soft, double-coat consisting of a soft, dense,
downy undercoat of fur next to the skin, and an outer coat of
soft, smooth-texture guard hairs, giving a smooth, full-furred
appearance and a clean cut outline. It should be noted that the
absence of undercoat during the shedding season is normal. Trimming of the fur around the feet
to present a neater appearance is permissible. Trimming the fur
on any other part of the body is not to be condoned and should
be severely penalized. All colours (solids and blended
shades) and pure white are allowed and all markings. A large
variety of markings are found in the Siberian Husky, especially
around the head.
Skull of medium
size and in proportion to the body; slightly rounded on the top
and tapering from the widest point to the eyes. 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
stop is well defined and the bridge of the nose is straight from
the stop to the tip. In profile, the skull and the muzzle are on
parallel planes. The muzzle is of medium width, tapering
gradually to the nose, with the tip neither pointed or square.
The lips are dark pigmented and close fitting. Eyes are shades
of brown or blue, one of each or parti-coloured; all are equally
acceptable. The eyes should be almond shaped, moderately spaced
and set slightly obliquely with well fitting lids. The eye
expression is keen, friendly, interested and even mischievous.
Ears of medium size, erect, close fitting, set high on the head.
They are thick and well furred including hair on the inside.
This helps reduce heat loss during the winter months. The ears
are slightly arched at the back and strongly erect, with
slightly round tips pointing straight up. Teeth Scissor bite,
strong and powerful jaws with a full compliment of evenly set
The nose, eye rims
and lips must be black in gray, black or tan coloured dogs;
liver in copper (red) coloured dogs. In white dogs, they may be
flesh coloured but it is not preferred. The pink-streaked snow
nose is acceptable. This normally colours back in the summer
When dog is standing, the neck is arched and carried proudly
erect. When gaiting, the neck is extended on an even plane with
the topline, so that the head is carried slightly forward.
blades must be well laid back at an approximate angle of 45
degrees to the ground - less than 30 degrees should be faulted.
The upper arm angles backward from the point of the shoulder
(sternum) to the elbow, and is never perpendicular to the
ground. The length of the shoulder blade (scapula) is equal to
the length of the upper arm (humerus). The muscles and ligaments
holding the shoulder to the rib cage are firm and well
The back is of medium length, neither cobby nor slack from
excessive length and is straight and strong with a visually
level topline from withers to croup.
Deep and strong, but not too broad, with the deepest point just
behind and level with the elbows. There is a medium spring of
ribs from the spine, then flattens on the sides near the elbows
to allow for freedom of gaiting action.
Loin is taut and lean, narrower than the rib cage, with a slight
tuck up. The croup slopes away from the spine at a slight angle,
but never steeply, as this would restrict the rearward thrust of
the hindlegs. In profile, the length of the body from the point
of the sternum to the rear point of the croup (pin bone) is
slightly longer than the height of the body from the ground to
the top of the withers.
When standing and
viewed from the rear, the hindlegs are moderately spaced and
parallel. The upper thighs are well muscled and powerful. When
viewed from the side in profile, the length of the pelvis bone
is equal to the length of the femur bone and the stifles are
Oblong in shape,
the paws are medium in size and well-furred between the toes.
The pads are tough and thickly cushioned. The Siberian's foot is
like that of other Arctic breeds, it is a snowshoe foot,
somewhat webbed between the toes. Good feet are very important
and should be examined in the ring. The paws should turn neither
in nor out.
Straight and well
muscled with medium bone. When viewed from the side, pasterns
should be slightly slanted with the pastern joint strong but
flexible. When viewed from the front, the legs are moderately
spaced, parallel and straight, with elbows close to the body,
turned neither in nor out. Length of leg from elbow to the
ground is slightly more than the distance from the elbow to the
top of the withers.
Note: Bone lengths for
the front assembly (i.e., scapula and humerus) and the rear
assembly (i.e., pelvis and femur) are all equal in length. The
hock assembly is upright, of moderate height, with a well
defined hock point. Rear dewclaws are to be removed.
A well furred
brush carried up and in a sickle curve when gaiting or at
attention, or trailing out behind when gaiting or working, and
down when standing relaxed. The tail is situated on or just
below the level of the topline. When carried up, the tail does
not curl to either side of the body nor does it snap flat along
the back. The tail-bone reaches the top of the hock when let
Husky's characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless.
When in the show ring, he should be gaited on a loose lead at a
moderately fast trot. The dog's head should move forward and
extend in a line with his topline. He should show good reach in
the forequarters and good drive in the hindquarters. When moving
at a walk, the Siberian Husky may not single track, but as the
gait speed increases the legs converge until the pads are
falling on a line directly under the longitudinal center of the
body, single tracking. The topline remains firm and level.
Long, rough or
shaggy coat, texture too harsh or too silky, trimming of the
coat except as written. A snapped-over the back tail set,
tightly curled tail. Head clumsy or heavy, skull too wide
between the ears, skull too small for the body, too refined or
snipy. Low set ears (too wide-set for skull), downed ears (bent
over as in not erect), flat ears (not slightly arched), extra
large ears that are out of proportion to the head. Round eyes,
set either too close or too wide, eyes set without obliqueness.
Muzzle too snipey, too coarse (bulky), too long or too short
(out of proportion), loose fitting lips. Any bite other than
scissor. Lack of pigmentation on the nose, lips or eye rims.
Chest too broad, barrel ribs, ribs too flat from the spine as in
slab-sided. Straight or loose shoulders, perpendicular upper
arm, unequal bone lengths, less than 30 degrees shoulder
angulation. Neck too short or too long; not extended forward
when gaiting. Short, weak or slack back; excessively long back,
roached back, sloping topline. Weak (soft) patterns; too heavy
boned; too narrow or too wide in front; out at the elbows; legs
proportionately too short. Unequal bone lengths (pelvis and
femur), straight stifles, cow-hocks, rear too narrow (weak) or
too wide. Soft or splayed feet, feet too large or clumsy, or too
small and delicate, feet turned in or out, or without the
characteristic webbing between the toes. Short, prancing or
choppy gait, lack of reach and/or drive, lumbering or rolling
gait, crossing over in front or rear, crabbing, elbows turning
in or out, stifles turning out, hocks turning in, wide tracking.
Aggressive behaviour or extreme shyness should both be severely
Dogs over 23-1/2
inches (60 cm) at the withers and/or over 60 lbs. (27 kg).
Bitches over 22 inches (56 cm) at the withers and/or over 50
lbs. (23 kg). Monorchid or cryptorchid.
appearance and conduct
Head, ears and
Hindquarters, legs and feet