The Siberian Rainbow
Unlike many breeds, the Siberian Husky comes in an enormous range of coat colors and patterns. Below is an in-depth look at the colors that a Siberian can wear.
Black and White
The undercoat of a black-and-white Siberian may be white, charcoal, beige, or a mixture of these three. The top coat can be a range from jet black to a dilution known as a "salt and pepper" that makes the dog look almost grey, giving the coat depth of color. A red tint to the black is also allowed and sometimes gives the dog a "grizzled" look. This red hue is quite rare and develops when a black dog is exposed to the sun for long periods of time. When blowing (shedding) his coat, a black Siberian can appear grey.
The Three Greys
Siberian coats can come in three shades of grey: wolf grey, silver, and medium/dark grey.
Wolf Grey is an allowance of the agouti gene, a gene that gives each individual hair a range of color. This gene produces a warm shade of grey, with beige, tan, or red behind the ears and on the legs and back. The undercoat is beige. This coat gives off a rich color with lots of depth. Wolf grey should not be confused with the sable-coated color pattern.
Silver is the complete opposite of a wolf grey. There is a complete restriction of the expression of the agouti gene. As a result, the coat has a silvery or blue tone. There is no red, tan, or beige. The silver Siberian's undercoat is white. Black can often tip the hair. When a genetic dilution factor is present, the shade of silver can become even more blue, with pigment being slate colored.
Medium/dark grey is the most common of the grey colorings. It allows red or tan tones, but not to their fullest and richest extent. The undercoat is a mixture of beige and silver.
Pure White: The "Living Snowdrift"
Pure white is perhaps the rarest coat color of Siberians. This color, or lack thereof, is a result of the complete restriction of pigment and extension of white over the dog's entire body. A white Siberian can have liver-colored or black points (the color of the nose and the skin around the eyes). The undercoat is silver or white.
Agouti-colored Siberians are equally rare. Agouti is also called "wild coloring"; an Agouti Siberian looks almost exactly like a wolf in coloring. Agouti Siberians usually have special masks and markings. White markings are always cream. The mask is always dark and very heavy ("dirty-faced"). Pigment extends far down on the dog's body. No dilution is present. The undercoat of agouti Siberians is charcoal; the outer coat can be a mixture of black, tan, red, or grey. The usual coloring is black on the root and tip of the hair, with red or tan in the middle. The points are black. Agouti coloring is sometimes mistaken for sable or wolf grey.
Shades of Copper
Copper or Red
Perhaps the most variety of shades can be seen in the coats of red-and-white Siberians.
Red-and-white Siberians always have liver-colored points; their undercoat can be copper, light red, or cream. Dilution factors can fade the coloring from dark to light across the body. They can be chocolate-colored to almost white.
An orange copper Siberian allows more yellow than red. The result is a red Siberian with a very light coat.
A chocolate copper (also called chocolate red) Siberian has a tone with full depth of color. A brown or liver undercoat is present. This is the darkest possible red coloration.
A red copper Siberian allows more red than tan. This brings out a bright color, sometimes seeming orange.
The sable-coated Siberian, another very rare coat color, always has black points and black tipping on the fur. The undercoat is a shade of red, one of the three listed above, but never beige as in wolf-grey coats. Pigment is restricted with full allowance of color. Dilution factors never influence shade. Some sables are born a wolf-grey color, but the red tone deepens as time goes on. Sables are sometimes called "black-nosed reds."
"Pinto" is not a color, rather a pattern. A pinto Siberian can be any of the above colors, except white. The pinto Siberian has an excess of white, usually over the shoulders and front legs.
Piebald Pattern: Paint the Town
The piebald pattern is quite rare in Siberians. White is in excess of 30%; this breaks up the coloration of the Siberian, giving the Siberian spots and unique markings. Piebalds can be more colored than white or can be all white except for a single spot.
A dirty-faced Siberian (also known as dark-faced), is one that is heavily marked. There is little white on the face or body of the dog. This can create a wolf-like appearance.
Not only do Siberians' coats come in a large range of colors, but so do their eyes!
- Blue eyes: What people commonly think of when they imagine a Siberian.
- Brown eyes: A deep, rich brown color.
- Amber eyes: Usually present in red-and-white or pure white Siberians. A very light brown coloration of the iris.
- Bi-eyed: The eyes are different colors. Examples are one blue and one brown, one brown and one amber, and so on.
- Split-eyed: The iris is split in half. One half is one color, the other is another. Example: top half blue, bottom half brown or left half brown, right half blue. Can occur in only one eye or both eyes.
- Parti-eyed: A parti-eyed Siberian is quite rare. The eye is one color with "spots" of another color mixed in. Example: A blue eye with brown spots.
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Rebecca g on March 13, 2020:
All white husky with bi-eye. Blue and amber. Though he doesn’t howl or talk and loves to stand up and hug me until I hug him back then he runs off
Gerald h on March 07, 2020:
I have an all white Siberian Husky with blue eyes
I can’t thank him enough for being such an amazing and friendly dog
He helps my depression and anxiety with his crazy husky personality
Huskies are amazing dogs
Brian on December 06, 2019:
So if I have a Parti-eyed Piebald Pattern Husky He is a very rare Husky?
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 22, 2019:
My dog has all those colors, hes a mixed husky! Well from colors hes mixed.
Kim Headley on June 08, 2019:
We have had our husky for seven months now and I am in love! I have never considered myself as a "dog person", but I will never own anything but a husky!
Malachi saenz on May 30, 2019:
I loved husky dogs
Malachi saenz on May 30, 2019:
I love husky dogs
Coral on May 04, 2019:
I love huskies the are my favorite breed of dog. I have one and I didn't know before but my husky is agouti and I was check what color eyes she had blue eyes with amber spots! My husky's name is Diamond and my mom has a corgi named lulu! My husky acts if he were an alpha in the wild before I got him. Lol :)
koko on March 22, 2019:
i love huskies
Grace on January 31, 2019:
My Siberian Husky is all white with beautiful blue eyes
Emma on January 08, 2019:
Norman Major on January 02, 2019:
My siberian husky is piebald Siberian Husky she is 3 years old she has yet to Howl at the Moon wouldn't trade it for the world
Lex on September 25, 2018:
Mine has one complete blue eye and the other is not quite half blue and half brown so my question is do spilt have to be exactly half or can one color have more and at what point is it considered a party eye?
John on June 06, 2018:
Ive got two dapple colored huskies and that isn't on here...
Mary Jo on April 30, 2018:
I do agree with most of what you've posted. Exception: Sibs are guard dogs. My bunch will let a robber in, show him the family jewels and want to go with when he leaves. Many visitors to my home are surprised I have dogs because they don't bark when they come in (their crates are in the room where most people enter the house). Early in the 1970's I had a Sib that didn't know how to bark. He howled very well though.
Nithin on December 05, 2017:
Which color is good in huskey dog
Sarah on August 08, 2017:
My dog bella just gave birth 8/5/17
To 8 furry babies and she is white totally white with blue eyes,the father is brown and cream
Their babies came out of all colors
One is white with black ears and a black dot where the tail begins and another ine is white with a light gray ear,another one has 2very light brown spots on her back,another is gray and white,one is completely white and two are brown with white.
I am just wondering how could that be possible
Can anyone give me information on why did they had 2 piebald babies ?
Angel Lee Cauffman on February 17, 2017:
in response to:
"Angel Cauffman (posted 3 years ago) knows her Huskies. Unfortunately she also knows fraud and theft. Was training service dog and she disappeared with dog and $1ok. Now being prosecuted on drug charges (http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Two-St-Joe-County... Buyer beware." .... i didnt disappear with dog or dollar... i had to take 2years off of dog training because of a 28lb tumor removed from my uterus..... and if you run my name on mycase.in.gov you will see that the case i was in where drugs were i vilved was THROWN OUT AND DISMISSED because I was renting put a room and my roommate was involved in things i hD no idea about. Because it wss ALL found in his room, and i his property, my charges were thrown out of court!its also why the article is gone! The article alleged the man wsd my noyfriend and EVERYONE knows im a lesbian! Some ppl are just vicious.
Jada yoakum on February 01, 2017:
I like Husky
Tayia on January 03, 2017:
This is very useful and the visuals help a lot . Definitely going to save this and use for refrence when I draw huskies .
Indiana on June 06, 2016:
Angel Cauffman (posted 3 years ago) knows her Huskies. Unfortunately she also knows fraud and theft. Was training service dog and she disappeared with dog and $1ok. Now being prosecuted on drug charges (http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Two-St-Joe-County... Buyer beware.
Elizabeth Ras=msey on May 09, 2016:
Alayne... on April 24, 2016:
Great information... I've had Siberian's for more than 25 yrs. I love the vast plethora of colors, but I find it funny people don't realize there are three types of coats as well. There's the standard, plush and wooly. I've personally had and prefer the wooly coat even though it's a lot more hair to deal with. I can't tell you how many times I've had people mistake my Husky for a Alaskan Malamute. Due to their coats they appear much larger than they really are. Theyou also have long lives if taken care of. Personally my "Smokie" passed at 13 and his son "Niko" at 17. I have recently gotten another husky that we've named "Shadow". He's a wooly and one of the lightest greys I've ever seen. They're wonderful companions and if you're considering one for your family I would just stress that you research their care and maintenance before adoption or purchase.
lisa on June 24, 2015:
I have two puppies i am having a hard time placing one female is almost all red but on chest and feet the other is a red tan and white male if anyone wants one please email me email@example.com
Leighanna on September 16, 2014:
I knew all of the colors, and the colors of the eyes. I just never knew that Sable was a rare color. My Siberian Husky is Sable and white and split eyed. She has a brown eye, and a half blue half brown eye. She's so pretty. I used to have a Diluted Black Coat Siberian Husky. I always just thought she was black, grey, and white. She had a bald face and blue eyes.
aiyana on March 21, 2014:
i love the ice blue eyes thanks for the information
ynda on July 26, 2013:
OK I have what is suppose to be a red husky but from all the pics I've seen of red husky he doesn't look like one
Ashley on March 17, 2013:
I have a dark face red husky and she is well changing colors now she is 7 no tha old weighs about 33-35lbs and her fur is turning lighter but she has a darker red stripe goin down her back its something I've never seen before I've had 3 huskies so far I e black and white one dark grey and white and a little tan and my dirty faced red one if anyone would like to see her email me firstname.lastname@example.org she's really beautiful but so differnt
Angel Cauffman on January 18, 2013:
I don't know that i agree that White Siberians are the rarest color? You should write the Siberian husky Club of America or perhapse the AKC for registration info... Last i knew of, White was one of the most common registered colors... I am pretty sure that Black & Tan and Black w/Black Points are the rarest... Just an observation though.... I have been enjoying your pages a lot though :)
Tori Leumas on September 05, 2012:
I love Siberian huskies! They're one if my favorite dogs!
Kay on July 07, 2012:
I want one but I'm not sure I want to learn more bout them...
Lauren on June 22, 2012:
This was not only informative, but also very entertaining.
I know huskies can be using in racing, either a sled on snow or small bike/trikes. But how do you actually get involved with Husky Racing?
TheLokie on May 18, 2012:
Leila, a husky is a type of dog, not a breed, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. The larger built dogs are freighters meant to pull heavy loads at a moderate pace (eg, Malamutes, Quebec Huskies (One of which I owned), etc.), while smaller-framed huskies such as the Siberians are meant to pull lighter loads but at a faster pace. While you also have show dogs, the aforementioned are originally working dogs (They remain so for those who utilize them), and sometimes these days they're even built differently than the ones you see in the ring (Although there are exceptions, because running style and ability take precedence over looks in the world of racing and work). You also have racing huskies divided into multiple categories such as sprinting, medium distance, and long distance. Within the racing world there are yet again many different types yet, with many sprinting champions now being hound and pointer crosses, and a number of the champion long distance runners are Alaskan Huskies of varying genetic background (ie, Siberian, Wolf, Village dogs, etc.). The hound and pointer crosses have also been referred to as Alaskan Huskies, but many became concerned with the growing lack of huskyness among these crosses, and so they are now trying harder to emphasize the "Husky" portion of these dogs (They appear more like the working line of Siberians and other breeds that originally formed their genetic makeup). Take a look at the old photos of Balto, Togo, and Fritz, along with other dogs of Seppala's and Kaasen's, and you'll see just how much these dogs can vary in looks, even among the Siberian breed itself!
I personally have a five year old Alaskan Husky with Akita crossed into her, and you should see this girl run (Her nickname is Lokie, full name Lakota). My pup can pull like a bulldozer, and fly like a jet (She literally floats across the ground while running, it's beautiful to watch). I'm still not sure if she is considered sable or agouti, maybe she is a mixture of both, but I receive compliments on her all the time. My Quebec Husky was larger (80 lbs. vs 50 lbs.), black and tan (Rottie colors as I think of them) and with longer fur, and if he wanted to he could probably pull the front door off its hinges, but he was a very unique military trained dog who we came into possession of after he fell off the back of a truck during an accident. I don't have a sled team myself yet, but I'm looking forward to it soon when I take my girl with me to Alaska! If anybody has anymore questions or wants to talk, don't hesitate to let me know!
denkeeper on May 08, 2012:
My husband and I raise Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Where Siberian Huskies can have many different colour eyes. Alaskan Malamutes can have brown or amber eyes. We have found that the reds are most likely to have amber eyes.
leila on April 18, 2012:
so i have a husky but my husky was all white when i got here with black spots on her ears now she is grown and has spots all over her so now im wondering if she is a full blooded huskey or not? can i please have some answers.
Stephen Darragh on February 25, 2012:
Great info, and gavin maybe you should research a breed before you try and tell other ppl what is and what's not, ofcoures huskies can have brown eyes. Cowgirl some stunning pictures never get bored of loking at other ppls huskies because they all are so different, my b*tch has 2 pure ice blue eyes and my dog is bi-eyed.
Michelle on November 30, 2011:
This info was very helpful... I was unaware of all the different colors... I have a 5 month old husky that I was beginning to believe was actually a German Shepherd because of her coloring.... but after reading this and examining her closer... she seems more of an agouti... she's a beautiful dog... now I am just deciding whether or not to breed her...
D.Merrill on November 04, 2011:
As for White coated Sibes. White is considered a masking color, that's why they can have either black or liver points. Unfortunately white sibes are difficult to get CH with in the AKC, not impossible just more difficult. Our current Male is White, his father was a red and white piebald, his mother was grey and white. He has fathered 2 litters out of 9 pups, 7 were solid white, 1 was an agouti and the other a red and white splash coat.
Eternal Evolution from kentucky on July 09, 2011:
Great info! I have a 9 month old wolf grey husky named Kuma.
Kelly on June 20, 2011:
My sister in law is a vet and thinks she knows everything. She said our Dutchess Ian 't full blood because she has a spot. Now I see that my sister on law doesn't know much
siberblogger on March 02, 2011:
@ Clayton, Yes it can still be a Siberian. As this excellent post indicates Siberians come in all sorts of color patterns. Some of it depends where you can trace their linage. Many Siberians can trace their blood lines to the Seppala dogs that were brought over from Siberia by Leonhard Seppala.
@ Gavan, Although it's true that an Alaskan Malamute only has brown eyes, it is not true that Siberian Huskies only have blue. As noted they come in Blue, Brown, Dual Chromatic (bi - eyes) and Parti (part born and blue in same eye) 2 of my 3 Sibs are Bi-eyed. What tells me that the fourth from the bottom is not a Malamute is one, the ears. A Malamute has slightly more rounded ears and they are set farther apart not on top like a Siberian. Their foreheads are also typically wider and more pronounced.
vinny macc on January 24, 2011:
its sucks that ppl only see the black and white marked dogs with blue eyes as siberian huskys, most ppl arnt aware that huskies come in a variaty of shapes, sizes and color also in the early days of this breed malamutes where used to add more genetic diversity, most registerd huskies can trace there linage to this one female malimute, also in the early days ppl said brown eyes were malimutes and blue was husky imagine all the huskies that where mistaken for malimutes in those days and bred ..... theres a lot of info surrounding this breed and it conection to other norther breeds plz feel free to email me on this topic i love to learn !!! email@example.com
Cowgirl0216 (author) on January 09, 2011:
Your information is not correct. I raise and show Siberians, and have been for almost 20 years. While blue eyes are popular with pet owners, most show quality Siberians are brown eyed, because blue eyed Siberians can have eye problems. About 95% of my purebred AKC Siberians are brown eyed.
Gavin on January 01, 2011:
Fourth from the bottom is a Malamute, huskies don't have brown eyes.
Thanks for the colours :)
Elsa on September 17, 2010:
Thanks for the information. I new all the different names of colors to the husky, but was uncertain of the exact colors. I finally know what catergory my puppy falls under.
melinda on August 29, 2010:
thanks aton, i was woundering if it was even possible for my husky to have spots now i find out hes the rareist of them all! thanks aton!
Christy Miller on August 06, 2010:
Thanks for the wonderfull information and photgraphs on the vast range of the Siberians colors, markings and eye color. Much appreciated.