Colors of Siberian Huskies

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Siberian Husky Colors

It is not typical of many breeds, but we consider it amazing, how many different colorations do the Siberian Huskies come in.

They have an enormous range of coat colors and patterns and we will take a look at all the colors that a Siberian can wear.

Black and White

This may be taken as the typical coat color of Huskies – the undercoat may be white, charcoal, beige, or a mixture of these three, while its topcoat can be a range from jet black to a dilution known as a “salt and pepper” making the dog looks almost grey.

Red Tint

You may have also noticed a red tint to the black that gives the dog a “grizzled” look.

The red hue tends to develop when a black dog is exposed to the sun for long periods of time and it cannot be seen frequently.

Once the shedding of his coat starts, a black Siberian can appear grey.

Grey Siberians

The Three Greys

Siberian coats can come in three shades of grey: wolf grey, silver, and medium/dark grey.

Wolf Grey

Wolf Grey is an allowance of the agouti gene.

This is a gene that gives hair a range of colors, being that it produces a warm shade of grey, with beige, tan, or red behind the ears and on the legs and back.

The undercoat is beige which gives off a rich color with lots of depth.

It is worth mentioning that wolf grey coloring should not be confused with the sable-coated color pattern.

Silver

Silver is taken as the complete opposite of a wolf grey and the coat has a silvery or blue tone.

There is no red, tan, or beige, being that the silver Siberian’s undercoat is white.

Black can often tip the hair and the shade of silver can become even bluer.

Medium/Dark Grey

Medium/dark grey is the most frequent of the grey colorings.

It allows red or tan tones, while the undercoat is a mixture of beige and silver.

White

Pure White: The “Living Snowdrift”

Pure white is definitely the rarest coat color of Siberians as it is a result of the complete restriction of pigment.

The white color is all over the dog’s body, with some liver-colored or black points, such as the color of the nose and the skin around the eyes.

The undercoat is silver or white.

Agouti Coat

Agouti (Wolf-Like)

Agouti-colored Siberians are also rare as white Siberians.

Agouti is also called “wild coloring” due to the fact that it looks almost exactly like a wolf in coloring.

What can be noticed in Agouti Siberians is that they have special masks and markings.

White markings are always cream and the mask is always dark and very heavy.

No dilution is present.

The agouti Siberians’ undercoat is charcoal, while the outer coat can be a mixture of black, tan, red, or grey.

If we consider the usual coloring of this breed, it is black on the root and tip of the hair, and red or tan in the middle.

Agouti coloring should not be mistaken for sable or wolf grey.

Shades of Copper

Copper or Red

The most variety of shades can be found in the coats of red-and-white Siberians.

  • Red-and-white – These Siberians typically have liver-colored points; in the majority of cases their undercoat is copper, light red, or cream. The coloring can fade from dark to light across the body, so you can identify them sometimes as chocolate-colored to almost white.
  • Orange copper Siberians with more yellow than red color which results in a red Siberian with a very light coat.
  • Chocolate copper or chocolate red Siberians have a brown or liver undercoat which is considered the darkest possible red coloration.
  • Red copper Siberians with more red than tan. The color is so bright that sometimes seems like they are orange.

Sable Coats

Just like White and Agouti Siberians, the sable-coated Siberians are also very rare.

What is typical of this coat color is that it has black points and black tipping on the fur.

The undercoat is a shade of red and dilution factors never influence the shade.

Some sables puppies are a wolf-grey color, but the red tone deepens as they grow old.

Sables are also called “black-nosed reds.”

Pinto Pattern

“Pinto” is not a color; it is a pattern and it means that a pinto Siberian can be any of the mentioned colors, except white.

The pinto Siberians can have an excess of white,  over the shoulders and front legs.

Piebalds

Piebald Pattern: Paint the Town

The piebald pattern is quite rare in Siberians.

This is the case when white is in excess of 30% and it gives the Siberian spots and unique markings.

Piebalds can be more colored than white or can be all white except for a single spot.

Dirty-Faced Pattern

Dirty-Faced Siberians

A dirty-faced Siberian is heavily marked, with very little white on the face or body of the dog, which can create a wolf-like appearance.

Eye Colors

Those Eyes!

Besides the coats of Siberian Huskies that have a large range of colors, you can notice that their eyes can also be of very different shades.

  • Blue eyes: Blue eyes are the most frequent, and when we think of a Siberian Husky, we imagine it with blue eyes.
  • Brown eyes: A rich brown color.
  • Amber eyes: Typical of red-and-white or pure white Siberians. You can notice a very light brown color of the iris.
  • Bi-eyed: The eyes that are different colors, usually, one eye is blue and the other one is brown, or one brown and the other one amber, and so on.
  • Split-eyed: The iris is split in half, meaning one half of the iris is one color, the other is another. This combination of iris colors can occur either in one eye only, or both eyes.
  • Parti-eyed: A parti-eyed Siberian is quite rare, and its eyes are of one color with “spots” of another color. An example of this is a blue eye with brown spots.

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