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Husky Colors: All Colors, Markings, And Patterns Explained!

Husky Colors: All Colors, Markings, And Patterns Explained!

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Siberian Huskies are one of those dog breeds that capture the attention of everyone they pass by. The fact that they are one of the most beautiful dog breeds around may be due to the fact that they have that exotic, wild wolf appearance that is very popular today.

It could also be due to the strong contrast in their coat color combinations. Regardless of the reason, these fluffy pooches are ranked 16th on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) list of most popular dogs in 2020.

Siberian Husky colors come in a variety of patterns, shades, and color combinations. The most usual coat color of these pups is white and agouti, grey, red, black, or sable. However, there are many more colors to be explored when it comes to these majestic furballs.

In this article, we will go over all of the color combinations, patterns, and markings that have ever been seen on this breed. We will also go over some of the breed’s highlights and explain a bit more about their coat. So, let’s dive into it!

Husky colors chart

two Husky dogs in snow looking away

Standard colors

The color chart of Siberian Huskies has such a wide range that it is often referred to as the “Siberian Rainbow.” Now, according to the official AKC color chart for this breed, the standard colors are the following:

• agouti and white

• black and white

• grey and white

• red and white

• sable and white

• pure white

Recognized colors

The following list of colors is recognized by the American Kennel Club, but is not part of the breed standard:

• pure black

• black/tan and white

• black/grey and white

• brown

• brown and white

• brown/black and white

• copper and white

• tan

• black and tan

• white and tan

Recognized markings

The breed standard set by the AKC states that the following markings are recognized in the breed, but are not considered standard:

• piebald

• pinto

• black points

Breed highlights and coat type

black and white Husky lying in snow

Siberian Husky breed highlights

• Siberian Huskies originated from Alaska where it was first developed as a sled dog. They are very intelligent dogs, with a staggering ability to learn, but they can also be very stubborn.

• Dogs of this breed aren’t really suited for apartment living, but some Huskies do quite well in small houses or apartments provided they are regularly exercised and properly trained.

• Huskies are known as quite the escape artists, and they have been known to wander off and disappear. They can break tie-out chains, slip the tightest of collars, jump the tallest of fences or dig beneath them, and find any other way to escape. To prevent this, you can opt for one of the electric dog fences to keep your pup safe and secure in a confined area.

• Siberian Huskies are prone to destructive behaviors both outdoors and indoors. If left uncrated inside the house, Huskies can destroy the interior and cause a wide variety of damage. Outside of the house, on the other hand, they will dig up your yard and flower gardens whenever they get the chance.

• While most representatives of the breed enjoy howling, only a few of them are prone to barking, and you shouldn’t expect your Husky to alert-bark if someone steps onto your property. This makes them lousy watchdogs at best. Also, a Husky is more likely to help a burglar into your home rather than pose any real threat.

• Good-natured and affectionate perfectly describes the Siberian Husky breed. Generally, these pups do very well with children, although young children should never be left unsupervised with a dog of any breed. Huskies also get along with humans, and are great with other dogs in the household.

• These working dogs were bred to need very little food to keep going. This is still the case today, and Huskies do not need a high level of calories per day. The best thing to do is ask your Husky’s breeder what they suggest for a serving and follow their advice.

Siberian Husky coat

When it comes to the majestic fluffy coat of a Siberian Husky, the good news is that it needs less grooming than many other breeds that also have a double coat. The most important step in maintaining your pup’s coat is frequent and thorough brushing.

However, even this won’t stop the loose hair from flying around your home, so make sure your vacuum cleaner is in top working order. Expect these dogs to shed their undercoat a lot, especially during fall and spring when they blow their coat.

You can avoid matting and tangling of their fur, and also prevent excess hair from reaching your furniture by committing to brushing their coat at least once a week during the year. You should increase the number of brushing sessions to once a day during shedding seasons.

Keep in mind that these pups are bred to live in cold temperatures, and those living in colder climates tend to shed a lot less than those that live in warmer areas.

Apart from that, Huskies are a fairly easy breed to take care of. These pups will take the time to clean themselves, similar to what a cat does. On top of that, Huskies don’t usually emit doggy odor and rarely need baths, unless, of course, they roll into something smelly in the back yard or find a stinky puddle to dive in.

Colors of a Husky

black and white Husky in snow looking at camera

The Siberian Husky breed comes in a multitude of colors. They can have solid-colored coats, bicolor coats, and even tricolor coat combinations. Some of the most popular Husky colors are jet black and white, grey and white, and silver and white.

However, there are a lot more coat colors to explore in this breed, and in the following sections, we will go over all of them!

Siberian Husky colors; Black & white

While most dogs of this breed sport bicolor coats, the jet black and white stands out as a color combination with the most solid contrast.

This is due to the fact that the areas of the dog’s coat that are white are pure white with absolutely no markings, while those that are black have a solid, jet-black shade.

This creates amazing contrast at the points where the main coat color and the white markings meet.

Red tint

A light red tint to the black color is allowed, and this sometimes gives the Husky dog a “grizzled” look. However, this red hue is quite rare, and it occurs when a black pooch is exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. When blowing its outer coat, a black and white Siberian Husky can appear grey.

Dilute black and white

black and white Husky puppy looking up

The dilute black and white color combination is one of the most commonly found within the Siberian Husky breed. As you can probably tell from the name, these pups have black and white as their color pairing.

However, they are very different compared to their jet black and white relatives in the sense that these doggies have a diluted version of black. This dilution gives the black part of the coat a lighter and powdery-greyish shade of black for a snowed-on look.

Siberian Husky colors; grey and white

If you think that the grey and white Husky is actually a dilute black and white, don’t worry… you are not alone. Many people get confused and think they are the same when, in fact, they are two totally different varieties.

The main reason why people confuse the two is the powdery look that both of the darker colors may come with. In the case of grey and white Huskies, the grey color is actually solid despite appearing so light and powdery.

The shade of grey in this variety also varies from one pup to another. It can range from light grey all the way to shades so dark that most people have a hard time telling the white markings apart from the grey base coat.

Siberian Husky colors; silver-gray and white

silver Husky in field looking into distance

Hold on to your hats because there really is such a thing as the silver and white variety of the Husky breed. And, no, it is not considered the same as the grey and white one.

The genes responsible for these two coat color varieties are actually very different. This makes the two purebred Siberian Huskies separate varieties despite having a very similar appearance.

The best way to tell them apart is through the shinier and light shade of grey that the silver and white variety comes with. This gives the silver and white Siberian Husky a unique metallic aesthetic.

Husky colors; brown and white

Most brown and white Siberian Huskies come with the classic bicolor distribution of markings. This includes facial markings, and these dogs usually feature blue eyes, which go quite well with their brown and white coat.

​These dogs are often confused for the red and white variation. However, the brown and white variety has a richer and darker shade of brown. On top of this, dogs of this color type have a stronger contrast between the white markings and the brown-colored base.

Siberian Husky colors; red and white

The red parts of the red and white representatives of this breed vary widely. They can come in darker tones that appear copper-like and rusty. On the other hand, they can be closer to orange hues.

These lighter colors make them easily distinguishable from the very similar brown and white types. Another fascinating thing about these pups is that they usually come with pink noses. Also, in most cases, these pups lack distinct markings around their eyes.

Husky colors; Isabella white (orange and white)

closeup of orange Husky

At first glance, most people easily confuse this type for a pure white Husky. However, Isabella white coats tend to be more like light orange and cream.

These pups can also have these colors in combination with white markings that are sometimes quite difficult to distinguish.

Isabella Huskies get their unique coat color from genes that cause dilution of the brown and red pigments. This dilution also leads to them having a pinkish nose.

Siberian Husky colors; Wolf-like grey

Siberian Huskies already resemble wolves with their gorgeous, wild coloring. But, the wolf-grey color variation takes this look to the next level with a coat that basically makes them no different than their wild relatives.

The wolf-like grey coat in Siberian Huskies can come in many different combinations, shades, and intensities, which makes it quite difficult to describe. However, a general rule of thumb is that there must be an area of white somewhere on the fur, with the face being one of the most important locations, in order to be classified as a Wolf Grey Husky.

Siberian Husky colors; Agouti

Agouti Huskies are the closest in appearance to the wolf-grey variety. But, agouti types tend to be much darker and have less fur that is covered in white markings.

Moreover, the white patches that agouti Huskies come with have more of a cream shade than the classic snow-white seen in most other types.

One of the features that truly set them apart from other varieties is that agouti Huskies must not have white on their face. This feature, and many others on this coat color, are a result of the expression of the agouti gene.

Rare Husky colors

white Husky puppy standing

Apart from the most common colors we listed above, the Siberian Husky breed comes in two quite rare and unusual coat colors. They are white and chocolate (brown).

In the following two sections, we will describe how these two amazing coat colors find their way into the Husky coat and make the pups incredibly cute!

Siberian Husky colors; white

The all-white representatives of the breed go against the traditional bicolor pairings with their breathtaking solid coat color.

These canines are very similar in appearance to other white-coated spitz-type pooches, including White Alaskan Malamutes and Samoyeds.

The white coat in Huskies may either be a result of albinism or specific color genes. The genes that are behind this rare trait are also connected with blue eyes, which go perfectly with the snow-white coat for a truly unique furball.

Siberian Husky colors; Chocolate (brown)

Chocolate (or brown) Huskies come with a dark, rich brown coat color that makes them look like they were fully dipped in chocolate.

It is not uncommon for these pups to have white markings on their body, especially on the chest and the neck area. However, most chocolate Huskies sport a beautiful, pure brown coat, with brown eyes to match.

Another cool thing about chocolate Huskies is the fact that they are often larger than other color varieties, and fall within the higher ends of the breed standard at 35 to 60 pounds in weight, and 19 to 24 inches in height.

Rarest Husky colors

all black Husky sitting on rock

Photo from: @yin.yang.siberians

Finally, we have the rarest Husky colors of them all. Dogs with the following coat colors are extremely rare in this breed, and they make for unique companions.

If you ever come across a pure black or a black, tan, and white Husky puppy, make sure to not let it slip out of your fingers!

Siberian Husky colors; black

The pure black variety of the Husky is one of the most stunning coat color combinations of the breed. These pups are characterized by an all-black coat or, at the very least, color combinations where black makes up more than 75% of the fur.

This awesome sight is lifted to the next level with black Siberian Huskies that come with blue eyes for a truly dashing doggo.

Sadly, for most Husky enthusiasts, these gorgeous beings are among the rarest of the breed due to the fact that the genes required to produce the black coat are recessive and incredibly rare.

Siberian Husky colors; black, tan, and white

It is not every day that you come across a Husky with a tricolor coat as most come with bicolor combinations. In fact, these are also one of the rarest pups around, which is what makes them so special.

Typically, a black, tan, and white Husky will have black as the base color, with tan and white markings scattered across the body.

In most cases, they come with a white mask where their face is covered with white fur from the level of the lower jaw to the eyebrows.

Husky coat colors: different patterns

two huskies posing on snow

Splash pattern

The splash coat pattern of the Siberian Husky breed is most commonly found on pups with a bicolor combination. Contrary to what most people think, the splash pattern is not actually interchangeable with the piebald one as we shall discuss shortly.

With the splash pattern coat variety, there can be white sections, but these should never exceed 50% of the dog’s fur. Most of the coats of splash-patterned pups should consist of pigmented sections. The good thing is that the genes responsible for this coat pattern are not implicated in health problems.

Black points

Husky dogs with black point markings are extremely rare. In most cases, the black points occur in dogs with black and white coats.

The black points pattern in this breed is pretty self-explanatory. It features black spots on random parts of the body. The most common sites, though, are around the eyes, which gives the dog sort of a panda-like appearance. In addition, some black point patterned pups may come with spots on the nose, paws, or elsewhere on the face.

Piebald (Pinto)

Unlike the splash pattern mentioned above, the piebald variety has an excess of white markings. In fact, these markings exceed 50% of the dog’s topcoat, with the second color appearing more like a tiny part of the combination.

Piebald Huskies are best described as being very similar to cows. They have a mainly white coat, and spots of secondary colors scattered randomly over their entire body. The spots or markings vary in size from tiny spots to large patches.

The piebald pattern is commonly seen in the French Bulldog breed.

Saddleback

white husky standing while it's snowing

The saddleback is a very subtle pattern and quite hard to recognize, but it is very common among Huskies. The idea behind the saddleback pattern is that the pup has a patch of pigmented hair on the back, with the rest of the body having pure white fur.

This makes the Husky look like it has a saddle on its back that is constantly attached to them. This pattern is mostly seen in bicolor dogs of this breed, with a dark-colored saddle forming on its back.

Sable

Sable Huskies are one of the most difficult types to describe. From a distance, sable bicolor dogs may appear tricolor! This is due to the tips of the fur containing black pigmentation.

This coat pattern is best appreciated in bicolor Siberian Huskies, where the darker color is somewhat lighter than standard black; something like red, grey, silver, brown, or even orange. These pups are also known for having distinct Husky markings on their face as well as a dark nose.

Some other breeds known for sporting a sable-patterned coat are German Shepherds, French Bulldogs, and Bernedoodles.

Brindle

Dogs with a brindle pattern get their markings from specific genes that cause coats of lighter colors to be intertwined with stripes of darker colors. These pups rarely come with any other marking, including the distinct facial ones the breed is known for.

Even though they have dominant gene inheritance patterns, Brindle Huskies are not a common sight. When they are born, though, the chances are that they will have a tricolor pattern, with white, black, and another color like grey, brown, or tan. The Shih Tzu is a breed that can also have a brindle pattern, and they look absolutely adorable!

Merle

white and blackmerle husky

Merle Siberian Huskies stand out among their brethren with their pigmented spots. These spots usually appear on white-colored coats, and they can be black or brown depending on the genes.

These unique-looking Huskies commonly have blue eyes, but they may also come with the rare sky-blue or brown bi-eyed variation.

The pigmented spots on their coat are a result of the Merle gene. Unfortunately, this gene has been connected with a lot of health issues, including hearing and vision impairment. These health conditions are worsened in double-merle puppies, where both parents are merle Huskies.

The merle pattern, however, is not unique to the Husky breed. In fact, many other breeds such as Poodles, Chihuahuas, Bulldogs, Border Collies, Pomeranians, and Corgis can have merle-patterned offspring.

Full body

This is not technically a pattern as the whole body of the Husky is one solid color. The most common type is the chocolate and white huskies, with black occurring on rare occasions.

However, sometimes tiny spots of white hair may occur in very small patches on the chest or neck, especially in black and chocolate Huskies. Sadly, these pooches are extremely rare as the genes responsible for solid color are recessive in the Husky breed.

Husky eyes; different colors

close up of blue eyed husky

Not only do these Siberian beauties come in a wide range of dashing colors, but so do their eyes!

Here are all of the eye colors that can occur in this breed:

• Blue eyes: This is probably the color that most people imagine when they think of a Siberian Husky.

• Brown eyes: A deep, rich brown color.

• Amber eyes: This eye color is usually present in dark red and white or pure white Siberians. It features a very light brown coloration of the iris.

• Bi-eyed: It is not uncommon for Huskies to come with different colored eyes, and they look amazing! For instance, one eye can be blue and one brown, or one brown and one amber, and so on.

• Split-eyed: This occurs when the color of the iris is split in half. One half is one color while the other is a different color. The eyes can be split both vertically and horizontally, and it can occur in only one eye or in both eyes.

• Parti-eyed: Party-eyed Siberians are probably the rarest of them all. The eye is one color, with tiny spots of another color mixed in. For example, a blue eye with black or brown spots.

Siberian Husky vs Alaskan Husky

If you are wondering whether the Alaskan Husky and the Siberian Husky are actually the same dog breed, you shouldn’t beat yourself up as you are not alone. The question has its merits, and we are here to answer it!

The names of these breeds sound quite similar, and the dogs look a lot alike. Both come with wooly, thick fur coats, piercing eyes, and erect ears. However, there is a distinct difference!

Siberian Huskies are purebred canines that are bred to conform to an official breed standard. This standard, set by various kennel clubs around the world, details everything from a dog’s size, eye color, and coat color, to its temperament and personality.

On the other hand, their Alaskan namesakes are not purebred dogs. Alaskan Huskies are actually crossbred with the purpose of pulling sleds. Therefore, Alaskan Huskies can come in any color and still be considered an Alaskan Husky. In fact, the only thing that is important for this breed is that it has an aptitude for sledding.

Husky colors and health

white and brown husky lying on floor

According to the current breed standard set by the American Kennel Club, there are no prohibited colors, markings, or patterns due to health issues when it comes to the Husky breed. However, the Siberian Husky Club of America states that the brindle and merle patterns are somewhat concerning.

The SHCA has released a statement indicating that merle and brindle markings may be the result of mixing the bloodline with other dog breeds in recent history.

To put it in layman’s terms, dogs bearing these types of markings may not be true purebred Siberian Huskies. In addition, the Siberian Husky Club of America states that they are against the merle pattern in this breed.

This is due to the merle gene being associated with certain known health issues such as:

• Eye disorders

• Hearing impairment

• Immune system dysfunction

These problems are even more severe in double-merle pups. For instance, when both Husky parents carry the merle gene, their offspring is called a “double merle.”

​Health problems seen in double-merle dogs are not always fatal. However, this is not always a good thing as the pups are born with such life-limiting conditions that euthanasia is a hard but also correct choice. Examples of such health problems include:

• poorly developed eyes

• missing eyes

• deafness

• puppies born both deaf and blind

Husky dog colors and sizes

mini husky sitting on floor

Interestingly, one of the things that changed between modern Huskies and their wild wolf ancestors is their size.

For instance, Husky puppies today are bred in two sizes:

• standard (considered as large)

and miniature (mini, toy, or teacup)

However, even though the size drastically varies between the two types, the coat colors we see in standard Huskies are the same ones you can come across in their mini versions.

Best Siberian Husky mixes

If the wide variety of coat colors found on this breed just doesn’t fill your cup all the way, and you want to have a truly unique dog, then you should consider getting one of the Husky mixes! Here are, in no particular order, some of the best and most popular Husky mixes around:

• Alusky (Alaskan Malamute x Siberian Husky)

Gerberian Shepsky (German Shepherd x Siberian Husky)

• Golden Husky (Golden Retriever x Siberian Husky)

Horgi (Corgi x Siberian Husky)

Great Husky (Great Dane x Siberian Husky)

Cane Husky (Cane Corso x Siberian Husky)

Shiba Husky (Shiba Inu x Siberian Husky)

• Rottsky (Rottweiler x Siberian Husky)

Pugsky (Pug x Siberian Husky)

• Aussie Siberian (Australian Shepherd x Siberian Husky)

Husky Doodle (Poodle x Siberian Husky)

• Huskita (Akita Inu x Siberian Husky)

• Chusky (Chow Chow x Siberian Husky)

• Siberian Retriever (Labrador Retriever x Siberian Husky)

• Dusky (Dachshund x Siberian Husky)

Conclusion

husky standing on rock in woods

The wide range of coat colors and patterns make the Siberian Husky a popular and highly sought-after breed. Their wolf-like appearance combined with bicolor, tricolor, or solid-color combinations make them unique and eye-catching canine companions!

If you are looking to get a Husky with a rare coat color, your best bet would probably be to look for the white, black, or black, tan, and white variety.

On the other hand, if you want to have a Husky with a rare coat pattern, then the piebald type will probably suit you best. Just keep in mind that merle and brindle patterns are associated with some known canine issues, and we would recommend staying away from them.

The goal of this article is to give you a clear picture of Husky colors, and we hope we achieved that. Many of the colors we discussed above are quite breathtaking, and none of them should be particularly difficult to obtain.

Whichever coat color or pattern you opt for, remember to give it an awesome name and spoil it with lots of cuddles, pets, and praises for many years to come!