Siberian Huskies come in a wide range of colors and markings. Here we look at the basic variants you will find in the breed.
Black and White
A common coat color of huskies. You will find dogs ranging from a solid (or jet) black to a diluted (or gradient) black, and everything in between. The legs and belly of all huskies are typically white but some variance might exist. Sometimes when the husky is shedding the coat may appear to change color, because the topcoat may be of a different color to the undercoat. Of course, this is nothing to be concerned about! It is to be expected of any animal that sheds hair.
This is a particularly rare color mix and is sometimes mistaken for wolf-gray. It is caused by the agouti gene and usually results in special and dominant masks and colorings around the face, with a solid (non-diluted) color mix down the length of the dog. Coat color can range from blacks to grays to reds.
The completely black color of the Siberian Husky is very rare. The color allows scattering of white patches, mostly on the legs, face, chest, and tip of the tail. To be classified as this color, the dog’s body must have a minimum of 75% black. Pigmentation of the nose, lips and eye strokes should be strictly black.
Which is the best color?
Just like the hair on humans, there is no best!
When huskies are responsibly bred their color is of least importance to the breeder. The same goes for eye color. The AKC Standard states that any color is acceptable, and indeed their color codes for registration cover a broad spectrum of shades. Any breeder who places more attention on coat color instead of the overall health and wellbeing of the animal might be a sign that they are a backyard breeder or puppy mill and to be avoided. You really should read “How to identify a Husky puppy mill“, before getting a new puppy from the breeder.
When selecting a puppy you should be on the lookout for a healthy animal that has passed vet checks and is likely to meet your family’s lifestyle.
When a husky is born the general coat color is apparent but can change over time. Change is often natural and unavoidable and can happen during shedding, exposure to sunlight, or simply the physical growth of the animal. There is no way to predict if, when or how the coat will change color. You can check out this page for photos of how a puppy’s coat color changes as it grows.
More information and pictures
Interested in seeing more pictures? We recommend checking out Colors of the Siberian Husky for a picture gallery of huskies in all the different shades you are likely to come across.
Whether you are purchasing a puppy from a breeder or adopting from a rescue organization, Siberian Huskies come in all sorts of colors, markings, and patterns. It isn’t something you should be concerned about because color has no indication as to temperament or behavior. Just keep an open mind and take your time selecting a companion that will fit you and your family!