Examples and colors of the Alaskan Malamute
The different colors
The Alaskan Malamute coat is composed of 2 layers:
- external coat with rough, straight coverage and well away from the body, never drooping, forming a thick necklace
- sub-thick coat of 2.5 to 5 cm long, woolly, slightly smooth and impervious
The Alaskan Malamute has always white on its belly, on a part of its members and on its mask.
Among the different colors permitted, the Malamute can have:
- Black : black guard hair with a black or dark gray undercoat
- Alaskan seal : Seal dogs have black guard hairs, but their undercoats are cream or white.
They appear to be "black & white" from a distance, but upon closer examination are not because they have the light undercoat
- Sable : Black or gray guard hairs with a reddish undercoat and trimmings. Some may seem to have "dirty faces" as their white markings may not be truly white but instead have a red cast.
Some sables are quite dark, others are much lighter.
- Wolf Gray : Gray guard hairs with light gray, cream, or white undercoat. Dog definitely appears gray even though there may be some black hairs on the topline.
No red factor evident
- Silver : Light gray guard hairs with white undercoat.
- Red : A definite shade of red, either light or dark; with light points (lip line and nose), and eye color. No black factor evident
- All White : Both guard hairs and undercoat are white. Often evidence of a mask in cream color. Only solid color allowed