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Colors of Siberian Huskies

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Brown, white, black—Siberian Huskies come in a wide range of colors.

Brown, white, black—Siberian Huskies come in a wide range of colors.

Siberian Husky Colors

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 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.

Red Tint

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

Wolf Grey is an allowance of the agouti gene, a gene that gives each individual hair a range of colors. 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 bluer, with pigment being slate-colored.

Medium/Dark Grey

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.


A pure white Siberian with black points.

A pure white Siberian with black points.

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 (Wolf-Like)

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 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.

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.
  • Orange copper Siberians allow more yellow than red. The result is a red Siberian with a very light coat.
  • Chocolate copper (also called chocolate red) Siberians have a tone with full depth of color. A brown or liver undercoat is present. This is the darkest possible red coloration.
  • Red copper Siberians allow 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 a full allowance of color. Dilution factors never influence the 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 Pattern

Red pinto Siberian

Red pinto Siberian

Pinto Pattern

"Pinto" is not a color; rather, it's 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.

Dirty-Faced Siberians

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.

Those Eyes!

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, and the other is a different color. 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.


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? 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 ( 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 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: