Siberian Husky

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog; fast and light. His movement is fluent and graceful. Its moderately compact body with dense fur; its erect ears and brush-like tail reveal its Nordic heritage. Its characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. Its original performance, in the sled harness, is very efficient, transporting light loads at a moderate speed, crossing great distances. Your body proportions and shapes reflect this basic balance of strength, speed, and endurance. Siberian Husky males are very masculine, but never coarse; the females, very feminine, however, without showing fragility in their structure. In ideal conditions, with its strong and well-developed muscles, the Siberian Husky should not appear heavy.
 

Personality:  Attentive, cheerful and expansive.
 

Energy Level : Very Active.
 

Good with children:  Yes.

 

Good with other dogs:  With supervision.

 

Grooming:  Seasonal.

 

Life Expectancy : 12-15  years old.

Bark level:  Bark when necessary.

  • HISTORICAL SUMMARY 

Its origin is unknown, but it is obviously from the spitz group, which evolved over hundreds of years as a sled dog for these nomadic peoples. During the Alaska Gold Rush, dogs became a vital part of life in the Arctic regions, and dog racing was the preferred entertainment. Alaska betting races, which covered more than 600 km between Nome and Candle, were very popular, and in 1909 the Chukchi brought the first team of huskies from Siberia. Smaller and more docile than most competitors, they aroused little admiration, except for one breeder, who was so impressed that he imported 70 dogs to train them for the 1910 race. His three teams came in first, second and fourth. place, and thus marked a moment of unparalleled dominance by the Huskies in this race. Throughout the year, the dogs remained as sled pullers, but in 1925 they achieved their greatest success. Teams of huskies ran 540 km with lifesaving serum for the diphtheria that afflicted Nome and were responsible for saving the city. There is a statue honoring these dogs in Central Park. The first Siberian huskies arrived in Canada and then the United States around this time.  

Country of Origin: USA.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  The Siberian Husky's characteristic temperament is friendly, gentle, but also attentive and outgoing. It does not display the possessive qualities of a guard dog, nor is it suspicious of strangers or aggressive towards other dogs. Some attitudes of reserve and dignity can be expected from an adult dog. His intelligence, docility and disposition make him a pleasant companion and a dog always ready to work.
 

HEAD:

  • CRANIAL REGION  
     

Skull: Of medium size and proportionate to the body; slightly rounded at the top and tapering gradually from its widest point towards the eyes.
 

Stop : Well defined.
 

  • FACIAL REGION

 

Nose: Black in grey, brown or black specimens; liver in copper-colored dogs; can be flesh-colored in pure white dogs. The pink-streaked “snow nose” is also accepted.

 

Muzzle: Of medium length and of medium width, tapering gradually to the nose, without being pointed or square. The bridge of the nose is straight from the stop to the tip of the nose.

 

Lips: Well pigmented and fitted.

Jaws and  Teeth: Closing in scissors.

 

Eyes: Almond-shaped, moderately set apart and subtly slanted. Eye color can be brown or blue; Different colored eyes or a partially colored eye are accepted. The expression is penetrating yet friendly, interested and even a little mischievous.

 

Ears: Medium size, triangular, set high and close together. They are thick and well coated with hair, slightly arched at the back and rigidly prancing, with slightly rounded tips.

 

NECK: Of medium length and carried proudly when the dog is on stand. When trotting, the neck is extended so that the head is carried slightly forward.

 

  • TRUNK

 

Back: Straight and strong, with the topline level from the withers to the croup. Of medium length, without being short or excessively long.

 

Loin: It is tight and dry, narrower than the thorax and, on the belly, is slightly tucked up.

 

Croup: It is inclined in relation to the spine, but never so inclined as to compromise the propulsion of the hindquarters.

 

Chest: Deep and strong, without being too broad; its lowest point is just behind and at elbow level. Ribs well sprung from the backbone, but flattening at the flanks to provide freedom of movement.  

 

TAIL: Well coated, in the shape of a fox's tail, and set just below the level of the topline. Usually carried above the line of the back, making a graceful sickle curve when the dog is attentive, without curling to the sides or flattening on the back. At rest, the tail is normally drooping. Hairs of medium length, approximately the same size in all directions, giving the appearance of a round brush.

 

  • MEMBERS

 

FOREQUARTERS: Viewed from the front, in stay, the limbs are moderately spread, parallel and straight Bones substantial without being heavy. The length of the limb from elbow to ground is slightly greater than the distance from elbow to withers. Ergos on the forelegs can be removed.

 

Shoulders: The scapula is well angulated. The arm is slightly bent backwards from the point of the shoulder to the elbow and is never perpendicular to the ground. The muscles and ligaments that hold the shoulders to the chest are firm and well developed.

 

Elbows: Close to the body and turning neither in nor out.

 

Carpal joint: Strong and flexible.

 

Pasterns: Seen in profile, they are slightly inclined.

 

HINDQUARTERS: Viewed from behind and in “stay”, the limbs are parallel and moderately spaced. The thighs are well muscled and powerful; knees well bent; short hocks with well-defined joints. Ergots must be removed.

 

Feet: Medium in size; oval, without being long; compact and well covered with hair between the toes and pads. The pads are well padded with the sturdy sole. In “stay”, the paws are correctly directed forward.

 

GATHERING: The Siberian Husky's characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless. It is fast and light on its feet. When presented in exhibitions, it should always be loosely guided. Shows a moderately fast trot, thus exhibiting good reach in the forelegs and good drive in the hindquarters. When viewed from the front and back, while walking, the Siberian Husky does not converge its limbs in a single track (single tracking), but as speed increases, the limbs gradually converge until the pads land on a line directly below the foot. longitudinal center of the body. As the grips converge, the forelegs and hindquarters move forward without either the elbows or knees turning in or out. Each hind limb moves to catch the forefoot grip on the same side. While the dog is moving, the topline remains tight and level.

 

  • COAT

 

Coat: The Siberian Husky's coat is double, of medium length and quite furry in appearance, but never so long as to hide the dog's sharp lines. The undercoat is soft and dense, of sufficient length to support the top coat. The covering hairs are straight and smoothly laid, but never rough or ruffled. It should be noted that the absence of undercoats during the molting season is normal. It is permissible to trim the whiskers and the tufts between the toes and around the paws to show a cleaner appearance. In any other part of the dog, clipping must not be tolerated and must be severely penalized.

 

COLOR: All colors are allowed, from black to pure white. A variety of head markings are common, including many combinations not found in other breeds.

 

SIZE:  Height at the withers: Males: 53.5 cm to 60 cm. Females: 50.5 cm to 56 cm.

 

WEIGHT: Males: 20.5 kg to 28 kg. Females: 15.5 kg to 23 kg. Weight is proportional to height. The measurements mentioned above represent the extreme limits of height and weight, without giving preference to either extreme. Any appearance of excessive bone or weight must be penalized.
 

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

 

• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.