Siberian Huskies may resemble the appearance of a wolf and are often used in movies, commercials and television shows to portray wolves, but by NO MEANS are they part wolf. Siberians are no more wolf than a Golden Retriever, a Poodle, a Chihuahua or any other canine.
SIZE Siberian Huskies are a medium-sized dog. The average size for a female should be between 35-50 pounds (16-23kg), with a height between 20 to 22 inches at the withers. A male averages between 45-60 pounds (20-26kg) and a height of 21 to 23 1/2 inches at the withers. Bear in mind though that with so many different breeding lines the build size can vary quite a bit.
EYE COLOUR Siberians can have blue or brown eyes, or may be bi-eyed, a term describing a dog with one blue eye and the other brown. They might even have what is called a parti-eye, where two colors are present in the same eye. For example, a quarter of the eye might be brown while three-fourths of it is blue. This is one of the traits that make Siberian Huskies so special, unique, and different from other breeds.
COAT Siberian Huskies come in many colors and with a variety of unusual markings on their heads and bodies. They can be pure white to pure black and anything in between. One of the most unusual patterns is similar to a paint horse, in Siberians described as a piebald.
Siberian Huskies are a "double-coated" breed, which consists of a topcoat and an undercoat. The topcoat is made up of smooth guard hairs, while the undercoat is soft and fluffy, usually white, but in certain coat colors might be pale beige.
The coat is designed to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The coat is equipped to handle warm, even extremely hot weather; for this reason, you NEVER shave your Siberian's coat, no matter how high the temperature climbs, of course, if outside in the heat, the Siberian requires shade and fresh water. When the opportunity presents itself, a Siberian will often jump into a pool of water, sit in front of a fan, or lie on an air-conditioning vent.
SHEDDING Siberian Huskies shed non-stop all year long, but twice a year the undercoat comes out in clumps (this is called blowing coat). It is a misconception that this is seasonal; your Siberian Husky might decide to blow coat when the temperatures are hovering around zero! You will probably never again wear black. And you will need a new high-powered vacuum cleaner... dog hair is EVERYWHERE!
GROOMING Siberian Huskies have a complete absence of any odor. Bathing is seldom necessary; regular brushing will help to minimise the year-round hair accumulation and is essential during the shedding season.
However, there ARE exceptions...
Sprint Racing Type In general, specimens of the sprint-type are light-boned, long in back, excessively long legged & straight shouldered with poor front assembly. The elbows are placed far below the ribcage. The pasterns are excessively long. The head is either snipy with long muzzle or flat and broad with little to no stop; often missing the pleasing head Siberians are known for. The coat is often very short.
Being too light and fragile, the sprint-racing type does not fit the standard.
Standard / Working Type This type can be considered moderate all over. It has moderate bone and medium length of leg. The back is neither too short nor too long. The chest is well developed with the deepest point of the chest level with the elbows. The head is elegant and neither wide, nor narrow in skull, with medium length of muzzle. Eyes are almond shaped giving a keen and friendly expression. Being neither heavy boned and short-legged nor extremely light-boned and long legged. This type fits the Breed standard the closest.
Show Type Typically heavy boned, short backed, thick chested and short legged, i.e. a short upper am and almost no pastern. The deepest point of the chest is below the elbows, hindering freedom of movement in harness. Angulation is insufficient in both front and rear. The head is little elegant with a relatively wide skull and short, broad muzzle. The eyes are often round. Being heavy and coarse, it gives the impression of a freight dog.
The show-type does not fit the recognised breed standard.