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Alaskan Malamutes have a wide range of individual colors, markings, coats, and body types within the breed. Below are general examples of coat markings.


CAP: a cap of color covers the top of the head and ears usually coming to a point in the center of the forehead


OPEN FACE: a cap covering the top of the head and no other markings on the face


BLAZE: a white mark extending from the center point of the cap back up the forehead. Width and length can vary


STAR: a small white spot in the center of the forehead


EYE SHADOW: dark markings under the eyes but not extending out to the cap


GOGGLES: dark areas under the eyes and extending sideways to the cap


BAR: a dark area extending from the center point of the cap down the nose


MASK: the combination of cap and goggles


FULL MASK: the combination of cap, goggles and bar



CLOSED FACE: dark coloring covering the face with no distinct markings on the face


* Chest Markings * Neck Markings * Mismarking


NECKLACE: a curving band of dark color across the chest


EAGLE: two bands of dark color protruding partially across the chest, forming a pattern resembling the eagle emblem


WHITE CHEST: any necklace across the chest


COLLAR: a white band of color encircling the neck


WITHERS SPOT: a white mark varying in size but centered on the withers or at the base of the neck






Descriptive Color
Below are general examples of coat Colors. Actual colors, hues, shadings, and patterns will vary by individual dog


BLACK AND WHITE: black guard hair with black or dark grey undercoat


SEAL AND WHITE: black or black tipped guard hairs with white or cream undercoat. Dog appears black at a distance, but is not a true black because of the light undercoat.


GRAY AND WHITE: gray guard hairs with a light gray, cream, or white undercoat. No red factor is evident. Dog definitely appears gray, even though there may be some black hairs on the topline.


RED AND WHITE: a definite shade of red, either light or dark; with light points (lip line and nose), and eye color. No black factor evident.


SABLE AND WHITE: black or gray guard hairs with a reddish undercoat and red trimmings. Both black and red factors evident.


SILVER AND WHITE: light gray guard hair with white undercoat


ALL WHITE: both guard hairs and undercoat are white. Often evidence of a mask in cream color. Only solid color allowed






TRIMMINGS: Shadings of gold, cream, buff, brown or reddish hues often found on legs, ears, tail and face between white areas of the underbody and the dark color above.