Malamute Coat Color Genetics
by Nichole Royer
This page was last updated: October 15, 2008
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Coat: Appear Brown from a distance however most have a white band at the base of the coat. Very dark individuals may be missing the white band.
Undercoat: Usually white, however may be brown/buff along topline and in very dark individuals.
Legs and Face: White/off white
Facial Markings: Always crisp and clear cut includes a full bar (except in individuals with additional white spotting) that appears solid in color on the face.
Notes: Never has the extreme masking seen on Mahogany Red dogs. Generally pigment and eye color is darker than that seen in Light Red dogs.
Newborn or Puppy: Born with crisp facial markings/masking and large white eyebrows. Eyes on many (not all) will be bright blue for a short time then turn greenish/amber.
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