Coat Color Guide

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A Guide to Identifying Alaskan Malamute Coat Colors

By Nichole Royer, edited by Joyce DeLay

This guide is intended to help you identify the most correct coat color with which to register your Alaskan Malamute. It is offered with the understanding that there is considerable variation in Malamute coat color. An extreme example of one color may be difficult to differentiate from another color. In addition, all descriptions are given in the absence of white spotting, which can alter the appearance of masking and the placement of color. All dogs pictured are examples of the color they represent. However, there is no such thing as “correct” color in the Alaskan Malamute and lighter or darker variations are equally desirable. The standard for the Alaskan Malamute states “The usual colors range from light gray through intermediate shadings to black, sable, and shadings of sable to red. Color combinations are acceptable in undercoats, points, and trimmings. The only solid color allowable is all white. White is always the predominant color on underbody, parts of legs, feet, and part of face markings.”