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Siberian Husky

Place this class of five very different Siberian Huskies in order of merit based, on 12 physical requirements discernible in these five profile drawings; then read the paragraph on function and the one listing the 12 Siberian Husky requirements. Revise your five placements if necessary, then compare your final order of merit to mine.

To place these five male Siberian Huskies in order of merit, you should be aware that the breed functions as a medium-sized working sled dog, is quick and light on its feet, and free and graceful in action. The Siberian's proportions should reflect a basic balance of power, speed and endurance, never appearing so heavy or coarse as to suggest a freighting animal, nor so light as to suggest a sprint racing animal.
To assess this particular class you should be aware:
1. That the stop (the step-down from skull to muzzle) is well defined.
2. That the distance from tip of nose to the stop is equal to the distance from stop to occiput.
3. That the neck is medium length and arched.
4. That the body is slightly longer than the height.
5. That the topline is level.
6. That tuck up is slight.
7. That the croup slopes but never so steeply as to restrict the rearward thrust of the hind legs.
8. That the tail sets on just below the level of the topline.
9. That the foreleg (the elbow level with brisket) is longer than the body is deep (distance greater from elbow to ground than from elbow to withers).
10. That the hindquarters be well bent at stifle and the hock joint be well defined.
11. That the feet be oval in shape, medium in size, not large and clumsy.
12. That all colors and markings are allowed from black to pure white. Variety of markings include many striking head and body patterns not found in other breeds.

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Awareness and application of these 12 Siberian Husky requirements and marking allowances all point to one dog for first place. He is the piebald . . . not the pet buying public's choice of markings. Color and markings are purely cosmetic considerations in this breed. Markings include a wide variety from blazed or open faces through smudged or dirty faces, all equally correct as are piebalds and splash-marked bodies. Conscientious breeders refuse to sacrifice functional soundness for popular markings.
Piebald Dog A conforms to all 12 of the listed requirements. Compared to the rest of the class, he most closely represents typical. Each of the other four Sibes depart in some way from his balanced type and structure.

Your choice is between Dog B and Dog C, their differences provide an interesting comparison. One has too much arch over loin and too much tuck-up underneath caused by a long loin which in turn has lengthened his body. His croup drops off abruptly setting the tail low. Fortunately, judging from the presence of angulation at stifle and hock, it is his sacrum (fused vertebrae succeeded by tail) not his pelvis that is steep.
The other has a level topline but an inferior head and short legs (shorter by the height of his oval shaped paw). Lack of a definite stop has altered his appearance and expression. I can forgive his inferior head more readily than I can his short legs. I have placed long-bodied Dog B second, and awarded short-legged Dog C third place.
The last two for fourth, Dog D and Dog E, make an interesting comparison, one being unsound and the other heavy. No one said judging was easy. It would be nice if you could trim some meat and bone off sound Dog E and give him a tuck up, but you go with what is entered. Which did you prefer?
Did you notice that Dog D's muzzle is short? His neck is also short and lacks arch. The abrupt junction where neck meets withers suggests steep shoulder blades. Notice that his upper arm is also steep and the front assembly has been pushed forward on the body reducing forechest. To compensate for this forward push and bring the front assembly back into balance the front pasterns have steepened. His topline slopes. He also lacks required angulation at stifle and hock.
Dog E is sound for a dog but not for an endurance sled dog. Does he look like a Siberian Husky or some other breed? Direction given in every Siberian Husky Standard strongly advises that this breed never appear so heavy or coarse as to suggest a freighting animal. Dog E suggests just such an animal. I went with Dog D for fourth in spite of his half dozen physical departures.
Only one of these three well-furred, fox-brush-shape tails is correct. The correct set-on of the tail is just below the level of the topline, and is usually carried over the back in a graceful sickle curve when the dog is at attention or gaited. When carried up, the tail does curl too tightly, nor curl to either side of the body, nor does it snap flat against the back.
Difficult to see eye shape at this scale and to see color. The shape of the eyes is almond, moderately spaced and set a trifle obliquely, the eyelids close fitting with pigment matching lips. The Siberian Husky eye color is any shade of blue or brown, they can be one of each color, or parti-color (part brown, part blue). Decisions influenced by a preference for a certain eye color or match does the breed a disservice.
Judges study groups sometimes play "what if" when the fourth place drawing depicts an example with very dis-disturbing faults. They might ask "What if there was only one male class and Dog D (or Dog E if you preferred heavy for fourth) is the best dog in the class. Would you award him first place then winner or would you withhold at some point? What point? What reason would you give if you did withhold?