Siberian Husky Coat Length
There is a standard for Siberian coat lengths. A shorter standard coat is the approved breed standard. However, there are exceptions to this rule when it comes to coat length, but anything longer than standard is prohibited from the show ring. If you aren't going to show your dog, then the coat length of your pup is up to your preference. Maintenance of coats vary by length, so be sure if you want a woolly coated SIberian that you are willing to keep up with it - it can be challenging.
- Standard: Outer guard coat hairs are generally between 1 inch - to an inch and a half in length..
- Plush: Outer guard hairs are from 1 inch to 2 and a half inches in length.
- Woolly: Anything longer than 2 and a half inches. (Jazz on our Males page is a woolly).
Siberian Husky Coat Colors
*****Please be aware that there are a lot of people who will say that they have a "rare" color or a "rare" coat pattern when selling puppies. There are NO rare colors and NO rare coat patterns in this breed, although some - like piebalds - might be a little more difficult to find. Those who would charge you more for a particular color are price gouging. ~That being said, if they start coming in neon blue and purple I might rethink my position.******
The Siberian Husky breed standard for all dog registries allow any color coat combinations. When this breed was developed and established, both eye color and coat color were not considered that important. People needed these dogs to perform the tasks that had to be done, and looks and beauty were not really considered at the time. Blue eyes were actually a fluke, although many of the Siberian uneducated think otherwise. Any coat color combinations were allowed as long as the breed retained the double coat and the fur retained it's softness and is not coarse. The colors listed below are colors we currently have on site and what we know from our research. I did not add pictures in order to keep the page a little smaller, but you can see all the colors for our babies by looking at our Males and Females page. It may even help if you open a second browser window in order to look as you read. If you would like to see all of the AKC approved breed standards for the Siberian Husky, please click HERE.
Black & White - This is probably one of the most common colors for Siberians. It is by far the most popular choice of color we get on our applications. Black & white Sibes do get hotter easier in the Georgia summers. It's very important that you don't let them overheat. Our guys & gals have their dog runs under many shade trees with wading pools full of cool water for them to lay in. Tacoma is this color.
Gray & White - This is the second most requested color we get. Most who request this color are going for the "wolf" look. Gray Siberians can range from a light silver gray to a dark "wolf" gray. I will sincerely hope that you have very understanding neighbors that won't shoot first if yours gets loose. Ivy is this color.
Black, Gray, & White - This is our third most requested color. These puppies are usually called a dilute black & white by many breeders, mainly because the black on the saddles of their backs fade into gray on their sides. Tempest, Wraith, Jedda, Kelpie, Uno, & Jazz are this color.
Sable & White - Sable is a gray & white Siberian with red highlights thrown in. The guard hairs of their coat (the longer coarser ones) will be white on the bottom and black at the tips. We call them "two tone" hairs. Many novice breeders mistake this color for agouti. Siren is a variation of this color - although her paperwork states she is agouti.
Red & White - Red & white Sibes can be any shade of red above copper. I've seen them rust colored, I've seen them nearly orange, and I have seen them almost solid white, and every color in-between. Unfortunately, all of the different shades must be labeled red & white, but of all the colors, this one has the most variation of shades, and I love them all. Titan, Grumble, & Ginger are this color.
Copper & White - They can be so dark as puppies that we could almost label them brown, but we understand that their coats lighten up with the changing seasons. For example, Cajun's coat is lighter in Summer than in Winter. We do not get a lot of requests for these, but they are still my personal favorite color. Cajun and Lily are considered copper.
Agouti & White - This color was not very common, but is beginning to show up a lot more often now. Agouti puppies can be difficult to correctly identify until they grow up. Agoutis are black, gray, & red in the main color portion of their coats. The guard hairs are banded with all three colors. If they are not, then it is most likely a sable. They are not normally requested, and many do not really understand or seem to like their color schemes. I personally believe they are very beautiful - just like all the other Siberians. Pepper and Sage are this color.
*Special note - agouti and "dirty faced" (they are considered dirty faced if they have color on their face more than goggles and stripes on their noses) have increasingly become super popular among a majority of breeders due to their "wild" look. The market is now flooded, and a lot of people charge more for them - they aren't "rare" so don't pay up to $600 in addition to a "normal" priced pup because the breeder says they're rare.
All white - the white color coated husky is due to a genetic inhibition of the color gene showing up in the fur of the dog. White huskies usually have red noses and red lining around the eyes, this is supposedly the most common type of white Siberian. White Siberians can also have black eye linings and black noses, but I hear it isn't supposed to be that common. We personally have two white Siberians that have black, I have only seen a couple that have red. Supposedly, most judges in dog shows consider white to be a weak color, and therefore, many show breeders do not go for this color. I have also heard that this color is rare. It isn't as rare as you think, it's just that they tend to get picked first out of any litter by the general public because so many think they are so pretty - at least until they try to keep them clean! Try getting Georgia red clay out of a solid white Sibe's undercoat - you may change your tune. Whimsy is this color. We get at least 50 requests per year for a white puppy. We have only ever had four born here, and that was back in 2005. I'm not really looking for many in the near future.
Black & White or Red & White Piebald - This color scheme happens when the inhibitor gene in a white coated Siberian doesn't completely inhibit the color. The color shows up as spots or splotches. They are unusual looking to be sure, but a spotted Siberian is no less a Siberian, they are just different looking. Piebalds also come in any variation of the standard colors. I am just mentioning the colors I have had. Piebald Siberians have also been considered to be a weak color also, but recently, they have been doing much better in shows, and are coming into their own.
The Dirty Face - What everyone considers the "dirty" faced Siberian is one that has color that extends beyond the normal color rings around the eye and down the top of the muzzle. These dogs can have an entire face that is mostly colored or even all colored instead of the normal white. They have become popular over the past few years. Sage is an example of a dirty face.
The "bar mask" - the Siberian has a solid bar of color going down the top of the muzzle. Tacoma, Cajun, and Kody are great examples.
The "split bar mask" - the Siberian has two pencil line runners going down the top of the muzzle. Stryker, Jazz and Uno are good examples.
The "goggle mask" - the Siberian has color encircling the outside of the eye. Grumble and Siren are great examples.
The "open face" - the Siberian has hardly any color their face other than white. Ivy and Wraith are great examples.
Do I have a preference on face markings? Nah, not really. Each individual brings their own level of uniqueness to the pack, and I find that I don't really have a preference.
***SPECIAL STATEMENT ON "BLUE MERLE" SIBERIAN HUSKIES***
There are several breeders out there who have what they claim to be blue merle colored huskies. Sometimes they call them black, gray, & white piebalds. They advertise them as rare and some charge an ungodly amount of money for them.
I have owned two merles, and I am putting this on my website as the back-story on why there are now merle huskies in the hopes to educate the public about where they came from.
When I was new to breeding the Siberians, I found this absolutely beautiful puppy online. The puppy was advertised as AKC registered, and was not terribly far from me. I went to look at the parents, and did not see anything out of the ordinary. I put down a deposit and on Christmas Eve 2006, I brought my puppy home. I registered my dog, and found out 2 weeks later that the registration of my dog through the AKC had been suspended. It turns out that my dog's dad's DNA did NOT match his sire listed on his certificate.
The breeder that my dog's breeder had purchased her male from misrepresented the dog's lineage on his paperwork. The AKC FINED and REVOKED his breeding privileges. This man (who is from NC) also raised Australian Shepherds!
The breeder I purchased my puppy from had sold to 3 breeders. 2 of us decided to NOT breed our dogs and had them fixed. The breeder of these puppies went out of business due to the backlash the AKC revocation of rights caused. The 3rd breeder saw a chance to introduce and be responsible for adding a new color to the husky genome. The AKC stated that they would reinstate the bloodline to these dogs if DNA was kept and done on 4 generations of puppies from these dogs.
Because the 3rd breeder was unethical (that person KNEW the dog was not full blooded) the female she owned was used as a puppy factory, and pumped out many litters. (over 8 I know of). All litters produced at least 2-3 "merle" puppies. Those puppies were then sold to other breeders as being rare black, gray, & white piebalds. Those breeders did not do their research and still continue to breed them.
The 3rd person has since stopped breeding them due to the backlash from the purebred Siberian community and ditched all her merle dogs, so while they no longer do it, there are at least 6+ breeders that breed them now.
The Siberian Husky Club of America issued a special statement regarding the merle Siberians. They also issue a statement that after all this time after this breed was established, merle was not a coat pattern of the Siberian. These dogs did not show up until 2006, and are the result of an impure breeding. http://www.shca.org/shcahp5a.htm
While we have had the opportunity to own the "merle," we also realize that they were the product of an impure breeding with an Australian Shepherd. We loved our merle. She was one of a kind, and we were deeply saddened when she passed away in 2013. It wasn't her fault that her color is controversial. She was just herself, and loved and lived her life to the fullest. We did not and do not have the desire to continue an impure line, and she was spayed. We can proudly say we never sold a "merle." We have had the unfortunate experience however, to rescue a couple of these dogs.
If you are looking for a puppy and want a pure Siberian, please do not purchase a merle. If you like how they look and don't really care if they have Australian Shepherd in them or not, that is your choice. Just be aware they are not "rare" and they are not full blooded, and none of them are worth paying an arm and a leg for. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of people out there willing to talk about where these dogs came from, and up until recently I kept my mouth shut too. I finally realized I have nothing to hide, and I didn't do anything wrong. I am one of the few that are willing to help educate the public about it, so I thought I'd find my voice here on our website.
If you still choose a merle despite the controversy, be aware that posting pictures of your dog on any Siberian group on facebook will most likely get you verbally attacked by people who consider themselves the "breed police."
These dogs have inherited the Australian Shepherd's tendency to have rotten teeth by the time they are 5. Our dog didn't have a hardly a tooth in her head by the time she passed, and the others we have seen have had the same problem.
Be educated when making a decision to make a Siberian a part of your family, and you'll end up being much happier.
In remembrance of Echo.
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