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This website is dedicated to understanding the genetics of the Siberian Husky and keeping breeders and owners informed.  The coat colors described here are informed by genetics and may be different from color descriptions by breed clubs. 

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From the SHCA Siberian Husky Standard:

All ranges of the allowable colors which are black, gray, agouti, sable, red, and white. May be solid colored. May have multiple shades. May have white markings. A variety of symmetrical or asymmetrical markings and patterns are common, including piebald. No preference should be given to any allowable color, marking or pattern. Merle or brindle patterns are not allowable and are to be disqualified. 


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Currently, there are more than 15 separate genes that control coat color and pattern in dogs. They play a role in the color, amount and distribution of melanin pigments. Four major genes, E (MC1R), A (ASIP), K (CBD103), and B (TYRP1), control the relative levels, type and color of pigment, whereas other genes, such as I (MFSD12), S (MITF), D (MLPH), and M (PMEL17), control the distribution of pigment. All of these genes with the exception of PMEL17 (which gives the merle phenotype) cause coat color variation in Siberians.

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