Siberian Husky Breed Standards

What to look for in a Siberian Husky Photo Dog

There are two official breed standards for Siberian Huskies. The first is the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain, the second is the more recognized AKC, American Kennel Club. When considering hiring a Siberian Husky photo dog for your project it might be helpful to know the breed standards so you know what to look for.

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Siberian huskies come from Siberia which is in Northeast Asia. They were bred by the Chukchi people as sled dogs and are known for incredible endurance and desire to work and pull. Huskies have a great temperment and are very outgoing, which makes them a great all around working dog. Because they are so friendly and hardworking they are suitable for anything from therapy dogs, to sled dogs.

Most people know that the breed was developed in a very cold climate. Because of this, they have a unique coat then other breed of dogs. It consists of a corse protective top coat, which covers a soft tick undercoat which works as an insulator. A number of people have the misconception that warm climates such as Florida is bad for Siberian huskies. What many people don’t realize is that this coat will protect the breed not only in the cold, but also in the heat. the dense undercoat helps to keep the heat away from the skin while the upper coat absorbs the heat.

Siberian huskies are very intelligent dogs and although they have a great demenior, they can be more difficult to train as they are a bit head strong and independent. They possess a free spirit that makes them almost human like but at the same time can hinder training if the person doing the training is not familiar with how to handle this unique breed. It is important that the Siberian Husky photo dog has a handler that understands the breed and their unique characteristics.

Below is Siberian Husky Breed Standard according to the AKC.

Working Class

General Appearance Medium-sized working sled dog, quick and light on feet. Free and graceful in action, with well-furred body, erect ears and brush tail. Proportions reflect a basic balance or power, speed and endurance, never appearing so heavy or so coarse as to suggest a freighting animal, nor so light and fragile as to suggest a sprint-racing animal. Males are masculine but never coarse, bitches feminine but without weakness of structure. Muscle firm and well developed, no excess weight.

Characteristics Medium size, moderate bone, well balanced proportions, ease and freedom of movement and good disposition..

Temperament Friendly and gentle, alert and outgoing. Does not display traits of the guard dog, not suspicious with strangers or aggressive with other dogs but some measure of reserve expected in mature dog. Intelligent, tractable and eager disposition. An agreeable companion and willing worker.

Head and Skull Medium size in proportion to the body, presents a finely chiselled fox-like appearance. Slightly rounded on top, tapering gradually from widest point to eyes. Muzzle medium length and width, neither snipey nor coarse, tapering gradually to rounded nose. Tip of nose to stop equidistant from stop to occiput. Stop clearly defined but not excessive. Line of the nose straight from the stop to tip. Nose black in grey, tan or black dogs; liver in copper dogs; may be flesh coloured in pure white. In Winter, pink-streaked ‘snow nose’ is acceptable.

Eyes Almond-shaped moderately spaced and set obliquely. Any shade or blue or brown, one of each colour, or parti-coloours equally acceptable. Expression keen, but friendly, interested, even mischievous.

Ears Medium size, relatively close together, triangular in shape, the height slightly greater than width at base. Set high on head, strongly erect, the inner edges being quite close together at the base, when the dog is at attention carried practically parallel. Slightly arched at the back. Thick, well-furred outside and inside, tips slightly rounded.

Mouth Lips well pigmented, close fitting. Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite, ie., upper teeth closely overlapping, lower teeth set square to the jaws.

Neck Medium length and thickness, arched and carried proudly erect when standing. When moving at a trot, extended so that the head is carried slightly forward.

Forequarters Shoulder blade well laid back, upper arm slightly backward from point of shoulder to elbow, never perpendicular to the ground. Muscle holding shoulder to ribcage firm and well developed. Straight or loose shoulders highly undesirable. Viewed from the front, forelegs moderately spaced, parallel and straight with elbows close to the body, turning neither in nor out. Viewed from the side, pasterns slightly sloping, wrist strong but flexible. Length from elbow to ground slightly more than distance from elbows to top of withers. Bone proportionate, never heavy. Dewclaws may be removed.

Body Straight and strong with level topline from withers to croup. Medium length, not cobby, nor slack from excessive length. In profile, body from point of shoulder to rear point of croup slightly longer than height from ground to top of withers. Chest deep and strong but not too broad, deepest point being just behind and level with elbows. Ribs well sprung from spine but flattened on sides to allow for freedom of action. Loins slightly arched, well muscled, taut and lean, narrower than ribcage with a
slight tuck-up. Croup slopes away from spine at an angle, but never so steeply as to restrict thrust of hind legs.

Hindquarters Viewed from rear, hindlegs moderately spaced and parallel. Upper thighs well muscled and powerful, stifles well bent, hock joint well defined and set low to the ground.

Feet Oval, not long, turning neither in nor out in natural stance. Medium size, compact, well furred and slightly webbed between toes. Pads tough and thickly cushioned. Trimming or fur between toes and around feet permissible.

Tail Well furred or round fox brush shape set on just below level of topline and usually carried over back in a graceful sickle curve when dog at attention. When carried up, tail should not curl too tightly, nor should it curl to either side of body, or snap flat against back. hair on tail of medium length and approximately same length all round. A trailing tail is normal for dog when working or in repose.

Gait/Movement Smooth and seemingly effortless. Quick and light on feet, gaited on a loose lead at a moderately fast trot, exhibiting good reach in forequarters and good drive in hindquarters. When walking, legs move in parallel but as speed increased, gradually angling inward to single track. As paw marks converge forelegs and hindlegs carried straight wither neither elbows nor stifles turning in or out, each hindleg moving in path of foreleg on same side. Topline of back remaining firm and level during gaiting.

Coat Double and medium in length, giving a well furred appearance, never so long as to obscure clean-cut outline of dog. Undercoat soft and dense of sufficient length to support outer coat. Guard hairs of outer coat straight and somewhat smooth-lying, never harsh, rough or shaggy, too silky nor standing off from body. Absence of undercoat during shedding normal. No trimming of fur on any part of dog, except feet.

(Keep in mind a Siberian Husky photo dog in Florida or other warmer climates may shed year round)

Colour All colours and marking, including white, allowed. Variety of marking on head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds.


HEIGHT - Dogs 53-60 cms. (21-23.5 ins.) at withers
- Bitches 51-56 cms. (20-22 ins.) at withers
WEIGHT - Dogs 20-27 kgs. (45-60 lbs.)
- Bitches 16-23 kgs. (35-50 lbs.)

Weight should be in proportion to height. These measurements represent the extremes in height and weight with no preference given to either extreme. A dog should not exceed 60 cms. (23 ins.) or a bitch exceed 56 cms. (22 ins.).

Faults Any departure from the foregoing should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.