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Saturday, 1 August 2015

CKC Siberian Husky Breed Standards - Faults

Welcome to another edition of Siberian Saturday. This week, we are diving back in to some of the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) breed standards for a Siberian Husky. So far in the CKC info, we have covered the proper tail position as well as a few of the 'accepted' colors of a sibe. This week, I am going to share some of the 'faults' of a sibe according to the Canadian Kennel Club.


What is a fault exactly?

According to Wikipedia, the definition of an 'animal fault' is as follows:
"A fault is an aspect of appearance or temperament that is considered detrimental to the breed type. In dogs, faults have to do with externally observable qualities of the dog, such as appearance, movement and temperament."


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Siberian Husky Faults - according to the CKC
It is a fault for a sibe to have a long, rough or shaggy coat. If the texture of the fur is too harsh or too silky, it is also a fault. Trimming, or shaving the fur is severely penalized in huskies - with good reason. Not just appearance, but it can be harmful to a husky because they use their fur as both a heating and cooling system. As a double coated breed, it is widely known never to shave a husky (unless medical reasons are involved.) The only trimming permissible is the fur right around their paws, and in between paw pads. Generally creating a neater appearance and helping with grip on flooring such as hardwood.

A 'clumsy' head and a skull and too wide between the ears is also a fault in Siberian Huskies.
Ears that are too large in proportion to their head, or ears that are not completely erect is a fault as well. Keeping on the head - the muzzle of a sibe is also particular when it comes to breed standards. If the muzzle is too short, too long, or too bulky - fault fault fault! If their lips are too loose fitting - fault!

A Siberian Huskies bite has to be scissor, and nothing else. Then your basic faults include things like uneven bone proportion, neck too long or too short, lumbering or rolling gait and of course aggressive behavior or extreme shyness.

Now that we have learned a little bit about CKC breed standards of a Siberian husky
let me be honest and say, every one of my huskies have at least one of the faults that were mentioned in this post. Koda has ears that would be considered too large, as well as a bit of a clumsy head. Lexus, her body size is a touch under what a husky 'should' be. And Mika's weight is a little over where she 'should' be. That being said, I really don't care!! I love my huskies, and to me, it is their imperfections that make them perfect in every way. They are all in good health, and that's what counts. Still, it is interesting to learn what the standards are. I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit today as well!

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Thanks for coming by, and just a quick message on my boy Koda. His surgery was successful, and I got to bring home a very tired,very sedated boy after he was neutered yesterday. I was sent on my way with some pain meds for him, and he is happy to be home! Thank you for all your well wishes!





30 comments:

  1. Thunder was supposed to be a show dog, but his front feet turned out a tiny bit. The breeder kept him until he was about four months old because sometimes this can correct itself with growth. We are all so happy it didn't because we would never have had the seven too-brief years we had with the most wonderful and adoring pup you could ever want. We have to agree with you on that one:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  2. What I love about your blog is that your love of your dogs come through in every post. They are so lucky to have you. I saw a post that said we should be our dogs voice and you are definitely that for your dogs. I so admire you.

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    1. Wow, thank you SO much!!!! I really appreciate that Kimberly!!!!!

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  3. Hi Y'all!

    Hey, fault, smalt...it doesn't make any difference in how much love we have to give! According to Chessie standards I'm a bit too large, but hey, my Human has that much more of me to love!

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  4. Faults?? Surely you jest! I don't see any faults whatsoever! ☺

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  5. Interesting. I wonder if the standards are very different from AKC (American Kennel Club) standards? I think the AKC accepts all colors of Husky but I'm not certain.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. They may be a bit different i'd have to look into it. We accept a ton of colors as well.

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  6. I have to say, having a "clumsy" head doesn't sound real good. Sometimes the way these clubs word things it is a bit odd. I'm pretty much a perfect breed standard, but Bailie has several faults. Mom doesn't care, she says as long as we are healthy and happy, that is what matters.

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    1. I know what you mean, I think some of the stuff is just a little too far!!!

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  7. We're so glad Koda's surgery went well! Now good luck keeping him quiet for however long they told you to. We've never been able to do that with ours for as long as they say!
    Our beagle Kobi had an overbite, and he was actually bred to be a show dog. My brother and sister-in-law could have gotten their money back on him! Of course, they didn't care, and we didn't either when he came to us....he was the best dog ever!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. LOL thanks!!! he seems almost back to normal now. We have been doing our best to keep him quiet hahaha!!!!
      I'm glad your brother and sister didn't care! Kobi was beautiful!

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  8. Breed standards are interesting. Mostly, they seem like goals for the breed. And those goals change from time to time. Dogs can usually be great dogs no matter what their "standards" are. I consider it real women versus the standard of Cindy Crawford with photoshop.

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    1. I agree!!! And that is a perfect metaphor!

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  9. In my opinion, all huskies are beautiful!

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  10. Glad to hear Koda is home and doing well. He'll be up and at 'em in no time, for sure.

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  11. It's interesting to know the standards. I always compare the ear size and placement and eye color to tell the difference between Huskies and Malamutes.

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    1. Thats definitely the best way to tell them apart!

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  12. Corgis also have coat restrictions, for example, Fluffies are considered not breed standard. But they sure are cute!

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    1. Yea, I think a lot of breed standards are a bit silly, but hey, as long as their healthy!

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  13. All dogs have faults, my three included. The key is for the judge to look at the dog as a whole when weighing them. Also, most breed clubs will assign the severity of the fault which usually has to do with the purpose for which the dog was bred. Most breeders will be honest with themselves about their dog's faults and look to improve them through selective breeding.

    Glad Koda's surgery went well!

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    1. Interesting!!! Thanks for sharing this. I have never shown dogs or anything like that, so it's great to learn a little more about it.

      Thanks!

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  14. Thanks for sharing their faults with us, I don't think anyone has any faults.

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    1. I agree. And breed standards are very much so exaggerated!

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