The Siberian husky is a stunning breed per se and part of this breed's beauty relies on its coat which can come in a variety of colors. According to the American Kennel Club standard for this breed, all coat colors are allowed ranging from black to pure white. Along with stunning coat colors, huskies also boast a variety of markings on their head and that may include some striking patterns that aren't commonly found in other breeds. Today we'll be discovering six stunning coat colors Siberian huskies may sport according to the American Kennel Club standard. Are you ready for some eye candy?
1) The Wonderful White Husky
Name the word Siberian husky and most people are likely to imagine a wolfish-looking dog with glacial eyes and a grayish coat. Yet, sometimes you may stumble on some specimens who come with a solid white coat. Surprised?
It's sure a surprising coat color especially if we imagine these pure white dogs romping in the snow and how they may camouflage against the snowfields!
While technically white is not a color per se, consider yourself lucky if you see a white husky; white is a recessive gene making it one of the rarest coat colors in this breed.
Some white huskies have areas that may appear to be a pale cream color especially when seen in bright light.
2) Beautiful Black and White Husky
When it comes to contrast, the black and white husky has plenty of it. This is a highly requested coat color because of its striking appearance especially when accompanied by a pair of glacial blue eyes, as this stunning specimen portrayed in the picture.
The black and white coat is fairly common in this breed, and this is not surprising considering how pretty it is!
According to the Siberian Husky Club of America, the shades of black in the husky may range in color from jet black, to black, to diluted black.
Black and white huskies commonly have intriguing facial masks and white legs.
Did you know? DNA testing of more than 6,000 dogs has revealed that a Siberian Husky's blue eyes is strongly associated with duplication of canine chromosome 18, according to a study published October 4, 2018, in the open-access journal PLOS Genetics by Adam Boyko and Aaron Sams of Embark Veterinary, Inc., and colleagues.
Interestingly, this mutation, results in a lack of production of pigment in the eye, causing the eyes in this breed to appear blue.“There’s no blue pigment. It’s about the way the light enters and exits the eye, creating the appearance of blue, the same way the sky looks blue but outer space is not blue,” explains Kristopher Irizarry of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in an article for National Geographic.
3) The Amazing Agouti and White Husky
You may have never heard about this coat color as it's quite unique, but once you look at the picture of an agouti husky you get the idea.
The agouti coat is made of hairs that display alternating bands of colors. Generally, the hair is black by the root and at the tip while the center of the hair displays a yellow or beige band of color.
This color gives the husky a wild look because this coat color is associated with wolves, elkhounds and wild mice, squirrels and rabbits.
For this reason the agouti coat color is often referred to as the"wild coloring."
And this fellow on the picture has quite a fascinating, wild side, doesn't he?
4) Gorgeous Gray and White Husky
This coat color is quite popular and gives a pleasant wolfish appearance. It's quite a popular coat color and demanded by those looking for dogs that look like wolves.
When it comes to the gray coat, the husky may come in three different shades: silver, gray and wolf gray.
In silver gray, the hair is banded with various hues of white and there is minimal black tipping at the end.
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In gray, the hair is banded with cream hues by the root and there is black tipping at the end.
In wolf gray, the hair is banded with buff hues by the root and black tipping at the end.
5) Ravishing Red and White Husky
We often think of huskies as being grey, but some of them sport coats of appealing warm red hues.
The red and white coat color typically boasts various shades of light red, medium red and dark red.
This coat colors is always accompanied by flesh-colored points meaning that the lips, nose and eye rims present a fleshy, liver color.
The eyes in the red and white husky are commonly amber.
One distinguishing factor is that huskies with red and white coats never have black hairs.
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6) Stunning Sable and White Husky
The sable coat presents a reddish/brown hue. The hairs may be banded with darker sections by the tips which results in several pleasant looking hues around the neck, shoulders and withers.
Unlike the red and white husky, the sable and white husky will always have black points.
To distinguish them from the red and white huskies, sables are sometimes referred to as the "black-nosed reds."
Sometimes, during the cold, winter months their nose may temporarily appear faded in color and this is called 'winter nose.'
Which Coat is Your Favorite? Let us know in the comments section!
As seen, huskies come in several stunning colors, however coat color or eye color should never be the basis for selecting a husky puppy. Unfortunately, a large percentage of Siberian huskies end up at shelters because many people select them based on their striking appearance alone without any regard for their need to be continually socialized and trained throughout their lives. Before adopting an husky, it's important to think things thoroughly and consider the many pros and cons of huskies.
Did you know? Coats may be monochrome or banded. Monochrome coats have individual hairs that are the same color from root to tip. Black, white and copper coats may be monochromatic.
Banded coats, as seen in the picture, have individual hairs that are often banded with white or yellow. Gray, sable and agouti coats are banded.
- American Kennel Club, Siberian Husky Breed Standard, retrieved from the Web on February 20th, 2016
- Siberian Husky Club of America, Coat Color Identification Guideline, retrieved from the Web on February 20th, 2016
- Siberian Huskies For Dummies, by Diane Morgan, For Dummies; 1 edition (March 16, 2011)
- Deane-Coe PE, Chu ET, Slavney A, Boyko AR, Sams AJ (2018) Direct-to-consumer DNA testing of 6,000 dogs reveals 98.6-kb duplication associated with blue eyes and heterochromia in Siberian Huskies. PLoS Genet 14(10): e1007648. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1007648
- A Siberian Husky with brown almond shaped eyes, by878photo, CC BY-SA 3.0
- An "agouti" Siberian Husky, by Flickr user re-ality, CC BY 2.0
- A sable Siberian husky by Sue & Martin Curtis, Flickr, CC BY 2.5
- A cat hair showing agouti coloration, by Kersti, CC BY 2.5