USAGE:     Sled dog.


CLASSIFICATION FCI:  Group 5. Spitz and primitive breeds.

                                                     Section 1. Northern sled dogs.

                                                     No working tests.


GENERAL APPEARANCE: Siberian  Husky is a medium-sized working dog, fast and agile, free and graceful in movement. Its comparatively compact and well-dressed body, erect ears and smoothly pubescent tail indicate a northern origin. The characteristic free and flowing movements feel effortless and effortless. She works great in dog sledding, transporting light loads at moderate speeds over long distances. The proportionality of addition reflects the balance of strength, agility and endurance. Males are always courageous, but without coarse build, bitches are lighter and slimmer, but without weakness in structure. Properly maintained, the Siberian Husky is strong and well-muscled and never overweight.



· Seen from the side, the length of the body, measured from the shoulder-blade joints to the ischial tubercles, is slightly greater than the height of the dog at the withers;

  • The length of the muzzle from the tip of the nose to the stop is equal to the length of the skull, measured from the stop to the occiput.


BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT: Characteristic traits of the Siberian Husky are friendliness and gentleness, as well as sensitivity and sociability.  He does not possess the qualities of a guard dog, nor is he too suspicious of strangers and not aggressive towards other dogs. In adult dogs, there is a certain restraint of character. His intelligence, obedience and willingness to help make him a good companion and hardworking helper.





Skull: Of medium size, in proportion to the body, slightly rounded and tapering from the widest point towards the eyes.

Stop: Well defined.



Nose: The nose is black in gray, red or black dogs, brown (liver-colored) in brown dogs; may be flesh-colored in pure white dogs. Let's say a nose with pink stripes, the so-called "winter" nose.


  Muzzle: Medium length and width.  neither square nor pointed, gradually tapering towards the tip of the nose. The bridge of the nose is straight from stop to tip.

Lips: Well pigmented and tight-fitting.

Jaws / Teeth: Scissor bite.

Eyes: Almond-shaped, set moderately wide and slightly oblique. The color of the eyes is brown or blue, eyes of different colors and partially colored eyes are acceptable.

Expression: Energetic, friendly, interested and even mischievous.

Ears: Of medium size, triangular, set high and close. Thick, densely coated, slightly convex at the rear, erect, with slightly rounded ends pointing straight up.


NECK: Of medium length, arched, with a high and proud set in stance, when trotting the neck is slightly extended forward so that the head is carried slightly forward.


Back: Straight and strong, top line straight from withers to rump, of medium length, neither short nor drooping due to excessive length.

Loins: The loins are firm, narrower than the ribcage, slightly tucked up.

Croup: The croup descends from the line of the back at an angle, but not too steeply so as not to limit the drive of the hindquarters.

Chest: Deep and strong, but not too broad; the deepest point of the chest is behind and at the level of the elbows. The ribs are well spine, but flattened at the sides so as not to hinder movement.


TAIL: Covered with dense hair, "fox" in shape, set just below the topline. When alert, it is usually raised above the back in a sickle shape. When the tail is pulled up, it does not curl to either side and does not lie on the back. At rest, the tail is down. The hair on the tail is of medium length and approximately the same length at the top, sides and bottom, giving the impression of a round "fox tail".



FOREQUARTERS: Seen from the front in a stance, parallel to each other, straight, set moderately wide apart. The skeleton is strong, but not coarse. The length of the leg from elbow to ground is slightly longer than from elbow to withers. Dewclaws on the front feet can be removed. 

Shoulders and humerus: The shoulder blades are well laid back. The humerus is slightly angled backward from the shoulder-shoulder joints and is never vertical. The muscles and ligaments connecting the shoulder blades to the chest are strong and well developed.

Elbows: Close fitting, turning neither out nor in.

Wrists: Strong and strong.

Pastern: Seen from the side, slightly sloping.

FCI-Standard N ° 270



(official text from the website of the Russian Cynological Federation)

HINDQUARTERS: Seen from the rear in a stance, set moderately wide and parallel to each other. Dewclaws, if present, should be removed.          

Upper thigh: Well muscled and powerful.

Knees: Well angulated.

Hock joint: Well defined, set low.


FEET: Oval in shape, but not too elongated, of medium size, compact, covered with thick hair between the toes and pads. The pads are firm and thick. In stance, the paws are directed forward when the dog is in a natural stance.


GAIT / MOVEMENT: The characteristic movements of the Siberian Husky are free and flexible, and seem light and effortless. He is fast and light on his feet. When in the show ring, must be shown on a free leash at a relatively fast trot, showing long reach in the forelegs and strong drive from the hindquarters. When viewed from the front at a step, the Siberian Husky does not put its paws on the trail. With an increase in the speed of movement, the limbs gradually converge under the body closer to the center line, while the limbs are carried strictly forward; elbows and knees do not turn outward or inward. The hind legs move in line with the forelegs. The back stays strong and straight in motion




COAT: The coat of the Siberian Husky is double, of medium length, giving the impression of being well furred, but it is never too long to hide the beautifully contoured silhouette of the dog. The undercoat is soft, dense, long enough to support the top coat. The top coat is straight and fairly tight-fitting, but by no means coarse or protruding. It should be noted that the absence of undercoat during seasonal shedding is normal. It is allowed to trim the whiskers and hair between the toes and around the paws in order to give them a neater look. Trimming any other part of the body must be severely penalized.


COLOR: All colors from black to pure white are permitted. Often there are various markings and patterns on the head that are not found in other breeds.



Height at withers:     Males:  21 - 23.5 inches (53.5 - 60 cm).

                             Bitches:        20 - 22 inches (50.5 - 56 cm).

The weight:                      Males:   45 - 60  lbs (20.5 - 28 kg).

                             Bitches:        35 - 50     lbs (15.5 - 23 kg).

Weight is proportional to height. The dimensions mentioned above represent the extreme limits of height and weight; no preference should be given to one or the other limit. Any manifestation of excessive bone or weight should be penalized.


SUMMARY: The main characteristics of the Siberian Husky breed are medium size, moderate bone, balanced proportions, lightness and freedom of movement, appropriate coat, proportional head and ears, pleasant muzzle expression, correct tail position and calm, affectionate demeanor. Heavy bones and heavy weight, stiff or awkward gait, or long, coarse coat should be penalized. The Siberian Husky never seems as heavy and rude as a transport animal, however, it is not as light and fragile as short distance runners. Both males and females of the Siberian Husky are dogs that can withstand heavy loads. In addition to the disadvantages already mentioned, it is undesirable for the Siberian Husky to have structural defects common in other breeds, although they are not specifically mentioned.


DISADVANTAGES / DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above should be considered a defect / defect, and the seriousness with which the defect / defect is to be assessed should be proportionate to its severity and its effect on the dog's health and welfare.

  • Skull: Head rough or heavy; head of too thin lines.

  • Stop: Insufficiently pronounced.

  • Muzzle: Very narrow or too coarse; too short or too long.

  • Jaws / Teeth: Any bite other than scissor bite.

  • Eyes: Eyes set too obliquely or too close.

  • Ears: Too large in proportion to the head; set too wide; not completely erect.

  • Neck: Too short and thick; too long.

  • Back: Weak, drooping or hunched back; slanted top line.

  • Chest: Too broad or barrel chest, ribs too flat or weak.

  • Tail: Lying on the back or in a ring, excessive dewlap, tail set too high or too low.

  • Shoulders: Straight shoulders; free shoulders.

  • Forequarters: Weak pasterns, coarse bones; too wide or narrow set of the forelimbs; free elbows.

  • Hindquarters: Straightened angles of the knee joints; bovine, too narrow or wide.

  • Feet: Loose, flat, too large and coarse, too small and tender; sweeping or clubfoot.

  • Gait / Movement: Short, prancing or mincing stride; heavy movements, waddling, criss-crossing or sideways.

  • Coat: Long, coarse or shaggy coat; too rough or silky; shorn wool anywhere other than those indicated.



  • Aggressiveness or cowardice.

  • Males taller than 23.5 inches (60 cm), bitches taller than 22 inches (56 cm).


Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities should be disqualified.


Note:  Male animals should have two normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.