Bluerose Alaskan Malamutes
Alaskan Malamutes come in a variety of colors and prices range according to how common the color is. Here is a list of colors for the AKC "Alaskan Malamute Standard" approved May 31, 1994.
Agouti & White: Agouti is a term borrowed from an African rodent. The term means the hair has at least three colors in a banded or striped pattern with a black tip on a single hair shaft.
Black & White: Black guard hair with a black or gray undercoat. There is a definite contrast between the light and dark areas of the body. Many puppies appear to be black at birth but lighten up and become Seal & White. Black & White dogs tend to have dark eyes.
Blue & White: Off color or bluish, charcoal color. Eye color may be affected. No black factor is evident.
Gray & White: Variety of shades from light to 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.
Red & White: Various shades of red from cream to mahogany. The lips and eye rims will be brown or liver in color. Their eyes are often lighter brown or gold.
Sable & White: Black or gray 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.
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 a light undercoat.
Silver & White: Light gray guard hairs with a white undercoat. May look white at birth.
White: The 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.
Trimmings: Shades of gold, cream, buff, brown or reddish hues found on legs, ears, tail and face between white areas of the underbody and the dark color above.
Eye Color: Eyes are brown. Light eyes may be considered "gold". Dark eyes are preferred. Blue "Husky" eyes are a disqualifying fault.
Cap: The cap is the color covering the top of the head and ears, 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 eye shadow may only have faded grayish markings at a later time. It does not extend to the cap.
Bar: A dark area extending from the point of 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 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.
Chest & Collar Markings:
Necklace: A curving band of dark color across the chest. They can be narrow or very wide and may change slightly when the dog blows coat and it regrows.
Eagle: Two bands of dark color coming partially across the chest but not meeting in the middle.
Withers Spot: A small white area, symmetrical at the nape of the neck.
Full Collar: A white band of color that encircles the neck.