FCI Standard N° 270 / 24. 01. 2000 / GB
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
UTILIZATION: Sledge dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 5 Spitz and primitive types.
Section 1 Nordic Sledge Dogs. Without working trial.
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 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.
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.
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 are acceptable.
Expression: Keen, but friendly, interested and even
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
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
Loin: Taut and lean, narrower than the rib cage, and with a
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
• Stop: Insufficient.
• Muzzle: Either too snipy or too coarse; too short or too
• 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 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.
• 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
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.