The different colors of the Alaskan Malamute
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 coat of females may be shorter and softer. During the summer period, the coat is less dense. Among the serious defects, there is a long hair, too soft, wavy or missing sub-haired.
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 guard hair with a black or dark gray undercoat
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
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.
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
Light gray guard hairs with white undercoat.
Both guard hairs and undercoat are white. Often evidence of a mask in cream color. Only solid color allowed