PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
F.C.I.: Group 5
Spitz and primitive types.
Section 1 Nordic Sledge Dogs.Without working
: The 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
: The characteristic temperament of the Siberian Husky is friendly
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,
and eager disposition make him an agreeable companion and willing
CRANIAL REGION :
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.
FACIAL REGION :
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 the tip.
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
Expression : Keen, but friendly, interested and even mischievous.
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.
: Medium in length, arched and carried proudly erect when dog is
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 slight
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 round brush.
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 removed.
Shoulders and arm : The
shoulder blade is well laid back. The upper arm angles slightly
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 slanted.
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
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 -
Dogs : 45 to 60 pounds (20,5 - 28 kg).
Females : 35 to 50 pounds (15,5 -
Weight is in proportion to
height. The measurements mentioned above represent the extreme
weight limits with no preference given to either extreme. Any
appearance of excessive bone or weight should be penalized.
: 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.
: 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.
Stop : Insufficient.
Muzzle : Either too snipy
or too coarse; too short or too long.
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
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
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 cm).
Any dog clearly showing
physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.