Siberian Huskies come in a variety of coat colors. First time owners can sometimes have trouble making sense of the color terms. I have used photos of my dogs and the coat color descriptions from the SHCA website to give a visual on the different colors.

"All colors from black to pure white are allowed. A variety of markings on the head is common, including many striking patterns not found in other breeds."



Jet Black
Guard coat is solid black, the individual guard hair is monochrome (not banded) black from root to tip. Single white guard hairs appear occasionally. The undercoat is black or more frequently dark grey. The jet black coat is frequently accompanied by great depth of black pigment on pads and roof of mouth.

Minnie is a jet black, her white areas are actually cream colored. Her undercoat is black from root to tip. She has very dark black pigment. If she sunbathes (which she loves to do) her coat burns and turns an ugly brown color. Minnie is now in retirement with Lone Wolf Siberians.

Kadar is jet black and white. His under coat is black from root to tip. He has nice dark pigment, but he is missing black around his left eye. You sometimes see lack of pigment on dogs who have color around one eye and not the other. Kadar is also considered a "splash coat" because of his markings. Like Minnie his coat will burn and he needs to be kept out of the sun. Kadar now lives in Germany.

Guard hairs are banded with some amount of white near roots. Single white guard hairs appear more frequently. Undercoat may be lighter than is seen in the jet black coat while some buff-colored hairs may be found in the lower stifle and in the vicinity of the ears. The dog gives the impression of having a black and white coat but without the depth of pigmentation found in the jet black and white coat.

Pando is black and white. Both of her parents are black and white.

Dilute Black
Guard hairs are banded with the whitish cast extending substantially from the root and tipped with black. Undercoat has a whitish cast. Dog appears to be black on head and along spine while shorter guard coat along flanks produces a silver effect.

Ben is dilute black and white. Ben has cute freckles on his face. His sire is red and white and his dam is gray and white.

Almost all Black

Mannie is an almost all black Siberian Husky. He has white toes and white on his chest.



Silver Gray
Guard hair is banded with various tones of white and minimal black tipping. The undercoat is of a whitish cast. The effect produced is a silver shade of gray on head, back, and flanks, with only minimal darkening along spine.

Loutus is silver and white. Loutus now lives at a racing kennel in Canada.

The guard hair is banded with cream and/or buff tones near the root with black tipping. The light undercoat is toned to give the dog a yellowish-gray cast.

Nikita is my brother Paul's dog, and she is gray and white.

Wolf Gray
The guard hair is banded with buff tones near the root with black tipping. The cream tones of the undercoat combine to give the dog a brownish-gray cast.

Gynger is wolf gray and white.


Always associated with liver points (nose, lips, and eye rims) and complete absence of black hairs. Light, medium, and dark may be specified, determined by the amount of solid color banding on guard.

Ember is light red and white.

Hailee is medium red and white.

Valeska is dark red and white.


The guard hair appears to be either monochrome (not banded) or banded with pale cream tinges at the root of an otherwise white hair. An occasional black guard hair may appear. The undercoat is solid white. This coat color results from either an extreme piebald factor or an extreme dilution factor and may, as a result, be accompanied by either black or liver points.

Kasper is white with black pigment (points).


Boo is a white with red piebald, he has liver pigment. Boo has cute freckles on his face.

Liv is a white with black piebald, she has black ears and black around one eye. Liv also has lack of pigment around her eye without color just like Kadar.

Mark is a white with black piebald. He is mostly white with freckles on his ears and some freckles here and there on his body.

Wooly Coat

Kimo was a wooly, meaning he had a long soft coat. He had feathering on his pants area, on the back of his front legs and behind his ears. This coat type is a fault within the breed. Woolies are known for having sweet temperaments.

Eyes: Almond shaped, moderately spaced and set a trifle obliquely. Eyes may be brown or blue in color; one of each or parti-colored are acceptable.

brown eyes

amber eyes
(red Siberians with brown eyes have a lighter brown that is referred to as amber)

blue eyes

bi-eyed (one of each color)

parti-eyed (one eye has two colors)

All Siberian Husky puppies are born with blue eyes. Siberian Huskies cannot have green eyes. You might see a puppy with eyes that appear to be green, but it is an eye that is still changing to brown.