FCI-Standard N° 270
ORIGIN : U.S.A.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 02.02.1995.
UTILIZATION : Sledge dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 1 Nordic Sledge Dogs.
Without working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Siberian Husky is a mediumsized 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.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
– 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 and gentle, 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, tractability, and eager disposition make him an
agreeable companion and willing worker.
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 »
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.
NECK : Medium in length, arched and carried proudly erect when
dog is standing. 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
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
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 backward from 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
COLOUR : All colours from black to pure white are allowed. A
variety of markings on the head is common, 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 – 56 cm).
Weight : Dogs : 45 to 60 pounds (20,5 – 28 kg).
Females : 35 to 50 pounds (15,5 – 23 kg).
Weight is in proportion to height. The measurements mentioned
above represent the extreme height and weight limits with no
preference given to either extreme. Any appearance of excessive
bone or weight should be penalized.
SUMMARY : 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.
FAULTS : 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 degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
• 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
• 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 high.
• 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 crabbing.
• Hair : Long, rough, or shaggy coat; texture too harsh or too silky;
trimming of the coat, except as permitted above.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Dogs over 23,5 inches (60 cm) and bitches over 22 inches (56
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.
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