Malamute Colors

Alaskan Malamute Colors :

Sable & White – The Sable Malamute will have Gray or Black guard hairs with a red undercoat, and often red trimmings.  Some sable malamutes have been described to have  â€œdirty faces” as their white markings may not be truly white but instead have a  redish color. The color of sable can be portrayed as very dark and yet others much lighter.


Red & White – There are many different shades of red, from a light cream color to a deep mahogany red. The lips and eye rims will red as well, also described as a liver or brown.
Their eyes are often a honey color or lighter brown than the darker malamutes.  Here at KingFisher’s Malamutes we are proud to be able to produce all shades of the gorgeous Red and White Alaskan Malamute.


Gray & White – There are many different shades of Gray.  From the light “Wolf Gray” to the dark gray that sometime is mistaken as black and white.  The Guard hairs can be gray with a white or cream undercoat. Even though the color is gray they can have black guard hairs that mix with the cream color to give the gray color.    From a distance a dog with this coloring the Alaskan Malamute will still appear Gray.



Silver & White  – Silver Alaskan Malamutes are  the lightest of Grays, sometimes mistaken for “Whites” at birth.  The Light gray darkens as the puppy grows in the adult coat.   They will have a white under coat and light gray guard hairs.


White  – The white color is the only solid color allowed by the Alaskan Malamute Breed Standard.  Both the guard hair and undercoat are
white. The mask might be evident as a cream color while the face may appear more white.  KingFisher’s malamutes has the best Giant White Malamute lines available!  Look at our coming litters page, or give us a call to get on the list for your Giant White Alaskan Malamute!


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


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  – The 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.