Few casual observers of this beautiful breed realize the variety of coat colors and patterns that a Siberian Husky can be. Most people seem to think that Siberians are either Black & White or Gray & White. Many people also believe that nearly all Siberians have blue eyes. None of these assumptions even comes close to the truth.
The American Kennel Club registration form only lists the following colors: black, agouti, gray, red, sable, and white. However, these dogs are arranged according to the colors recognized by the International Siberian Husky Club and described in their book "The Siberian Husky" 2nd Edition.
I have created the table below to help Rescue Groups, Shelters and Clubs correctly identify Siberian Huskies of any color.
(recessive trait in Siberian Huskies, dog is genetically black, grey, red, etc., but white 'covers' it up - more of a coat pattern, than a true color)
(Black tipped guard hairs are restricted to saddle area, head, haunches and shoulders may be white or red. Black and grey dogs with the same type of saddling are not generally included under this category)
(Reddish or brownish with a black nose)
(Banded coat, very wild looking,
cream instead of white undercoat)
(from pale yellow to a light orange
cast with white under belly)
(Dark Red or Brown with white under belly)
|"Silver & White"
(undercoat is grey as opposed to cream/beige)
(grey with distinct orange or reddish
cast behind ears and above hocks)
(grey with beige or yellow undercoat)
(lighter dogs are termed 'dilute black')
(more than 50% white with
irregular areas of any other color)
(includes a saddle, secondary color[s]
may be any color)
(a recessive trait in Siberians)
Siberian Huskies also feature a wide variety of eye color.
Color is typically blue or brown (green & amber possible).
Depth of color ranges from very light to very dark and/or mixed.
(eyes are different solid colors)
Parti or Split
(eye includes two colors)
Siberians have been bred for centuries to RUN
and WILL RUN at the first opportunity.
DO NOT trust a Siberian Husky OFF LEASH. NOT EVER!!
For additional genetic information
and examples of the many colors,
visit our "Colors of the Siberian Husky" website
For more information on the internet about
Siberian Husky rescue, visit the Siberian Husky
The site includes general information on Siberian Huskies as well as listings of available dogs.
For additional information about Siberian Husky rescue programs
and other information, contact:
Siberian Husky Club of America Rescue Program
National Chairperson, Gerry Dalakian, 908-782-2089
For additional sites related to Siberian Huskies, I suggest the links page of Barkarian Kennels and/or the Working Dog Web page.