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."
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!
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!