KingFisher’s Malamute Colors

All of these puppies have the same parents, Ziva & Charger. Alaskan Malamutes come in several distinct colors. ¬†While gray and white, and black and white are the most common, here at KingFisher’s we are proud to have all the different colors available…

Ziva & Charger Puppies

Alaskan Malamute Colors :

Sable & White – 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 very dark, others are much lighter.

Red & White – Various shades of red. The lips and eye rims will be brown or liver in color.
Their eyes are often lighter brown.

Gray & White – Variety of shades, from light to quite dark . Guard hairs are gray with a light
gray, cream or white undercoat. There may be all black hairs, sometimes only on the back, other
times throughout the body. From a distance a dog with this coloring will still appear mostly gray.
Sometimes this is called “wolf gray and white”.

Silver & White -Light gray guard coat with a white undercoat. May look white at birth.

White – Only solid color allowed by the Malamute standard. Guard hair and undercoat are
white. The mask can be evident as a cream color while the face is white.

Seal & White – Black guard hairs, with cream or white undercoats. Appears to be “black &
white” from a distance, but upon closer examination are not because they have the light undercoat.

Black & White – Black guard hair with a black or dark gray undercoat. There is a definite
contrast between the light and dark areas of the body. Many puppies appear to be black and
white at birth but lighten up and become Seal & White. Black and white dogs tend to have dark
eyes.

Blue – Off black or bluish – charcoal color, eye color may be affected, No black factor is evident.

Trimmings – Shades of gold, cream, buff, brown or reddish hues often found on legs, ears, tail
and face between white areas of the under body and the dark color above.

Eye Color – “Eyes are brown… Dark eyes preferred. Blue eyes are a disqualifying fault.” from the
“Alaskan Malamute Standard” approved 31 May 1994.
Alaskan Malamute Face Markings :

Cap РThe cap is the color covering the top of the head and hears, usually coming to a point in the  center of the forehead.

Goggles – Dark areas around the eyes, extending sideways to the cap.

Eyeshadow – Dark areas below, between, or next to the eyes. May or may not be dark and tends
to fade with age. A puppy with heavy eyeshadow may only have faded grayish markings at a later
time. It does not extend into the cap.

Bar – A dark area extending from the point on the cap down the nose. Can be dark or faded and
hardly visible.

Star – A white forehead marking within the area of the cap on the forehead.

Blaze – A white mark extending from the center of the cap back up the forehead. Can be wide or
narrow or irregular (which is not preferred) so that one side of the cap extends lower than the other.

Full Mask – The combination of cap, goggles and a bar.

Closed Face – Dark coloring over much of the face so that there is no distinct markings of a cap,
bar or goggles.

Open Face – The face is all white except for the cap with very little or no eyeshadow.