SIBERIAN HUSKY APPEARANCE DEEPDIVE
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Breed Standard: The Siberian husky is a medium-sized working dog with a compact frame that provides it with the ability to move nimbly and effortlessly. They should be covered in that dense Siberian fur, have a brush-like tail and erect ears. The body should be balanced to ensure speed and stamina. Males of the breed should be masculine but not possess too rugged features. Females should be more feminine, especially in the face, but their structure and muscles should not be compromised or make them too weak to carry out the breed's original job. The Siberian should have a friendly, keen gaze, that may come in brown, blue, or one eye of both colors. They can also have "parti-eye", which is the presence of both colors in one eye, or heterochromia iridium being the scientific term. They should be almond-shaped. Their ears should be of medium size, triangle in shape, and set high up on the head. Their muzzle should be of medium length and taper gradually towards its nose. Their fur can come in any color and should be medium in length and possess a dense, soft undercoat. But an outline of the dog's shape should always be visible. The most important thing is that the dog is never too large, in height or bone, nor too frail that it would interfere with the original purpose and intent the breed was created for. Males maybe 21 to 23.5 inches tall at the withers and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. Bitches maybe 20 to 22 inches tall and weigh 35 to 50 pounds. Faults: What are the faults of the Siberian Husky breed? At first, you might think that this isn't relevant, but if you are educated on what Siberian faults, it can give you an edge when selecting a breeder- if you go that route. All breeders will produce individuals dogs with faults at one time or another, but if it is something that is consistent in their breeding stock, it might be a red flag. The most significant disqualification for a Siberian Husky is a dog that is too large. Either in height or with too large of a frame. The Siberian is supposed to be a medium-sized agile dog, and making them too large may deter with their ability to work. And while you might not be using them to pull a sled, it is still important to feel that the dog could do the job it was bred for. Other faults within the breed are when the eyes are too close together. Ears that are too large, too small, broken- meaning they aren't fully erect, or sit oddly on the head, are also another fault. Keep that wolf-like appearance in your mind when you think about how their ears should look. Another fault is curling in the tail. Their tail should be of medium size and not curled up or curved to one side, which is sometimes called a "hook in the tail." A serious fault in the breed is any clumsiness. While some might think this is endearing, it can point to structural problems elsewhere. The last fault we will cover has to do with the husky coat. There are some long-haired huskies out there. But generally, hair that is too long, too short, or too coarse is considered a fault within the breed. Though the long-hairs are rising in popularity and maybe we will see this reflected in the breed standards as well. Color and patterns: The Siberian comes in a multitude of colors, and as the breed standard accepts every color, you can get some fascinating colors and even patterns. Agouti is a rare color that is known as "wild" or "wolf" coloring. This is where each hair displays more than one color. It can come in browns, greys, and blacks and does undoubtedly give off a more primitive appearance. Husky's also comes in solids, such as solid white, black, and red. They come in a patterned variety, which is the most common and probably what most of us think of when we think "husky". These variations include black and white, silver and white, red and white, and sable and white. The Siberian also comes in black and tan, which is a black dog with tan points and often white on the underbelly, chest, or legs. The Siberian also comes in merle and brindle. But, you would be hard-pressed to find one of these colors, and if you do, you should stay far away. It is still unclear whether the brindle coloring results from the influence of an outside dog breed or not, and merle in the breed has been linked to genetic issues such as auto-immune diseases, deafness, and blindness. In the worst case, a Siberian can be born with a double merle gene, which spells big problems as it can result in blindness and deafness and eyes not forming at all in utero.