Malamute Colors

Alaskan Malamute Colors:

Seal & White
Black tipped guard hairs, with cream or white undercoats. The malamute appears to be black &
white from a distance, but under examination they are not because of the light undercoat.


Gray & White
There are many different shades of Gray. From light “Wolf Gray” to a dark gray that sometimes is mistaken as black and white. Guard hairs can be gray with a white or cream undercoat though there color is gray they sometimes do have black guard hairs which mix with the cream color to result in the gray color.


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 dirty faces as their white markings may not be truly white but instead have a reddish color. The color of sable can be portrayed as very dark and some times even lighter.

Silver & White*
The Silver Alaskan Malamute are considered the lightest of Grays, sometimes even mistaken for “Whites” at birth. The Light gray will darken as the puppy grows into their adult coat. They will have a white under coat and light gray guard hairs.

Red & White
There are many different shades of red, from a light creamy color to a deep mahogany red. The eye rims and lips will red as well.
Their eyes are often an amber color or lighter brown than the darker malamutes.


Both the guard hair and undercoat are white. The mask might be evident as a cream color while the face may appear more white.

Black & White
Black guard hair with a black or dark gray undercoat. There is a definite difference between the light and dark portions of the body. Many puppies may appear to be black and
white at birth but will lighten up and turn into Seal & White. The Black and white colored Alaskan Malamutes tend to have dark eyes.


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

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 shadow: dark markings under the eyes but not extending out to the cap portion of the Alaskan Malamaute.

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

Closed Face: Dark coloring covering the face with no distinct markings on the Alaskan Malamutes facial region.

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

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

Star: A white forehead marking within the area of the cap on the forehead in the shape of a star where it gets its name from.

Open Face: A cap covering the top of the head and no other markings on the face are present.

Blaze: A white mark extending from the center of the cap back up the forehead. The width and length however can vary.


*These photos were used from the following website as we do not currently have Malamutes in these colors, all other photos are of our own malamutes: