Alaskan Malamute – Page 8 – Dog Breed Review

Alaskan Malamute


The coat of an Alaskan Malamute is sufficient to protect them from their natural tasks in the Arctic. Coated like a blazer, the Mal has a thick double coat that is coarse to protect them from the most frigid elements.

Their undercoat is robust, and the natural oils work its magic in keeping out water and other natural elements such as snow. The hairs can grow up to two inches.

Twice a year, the Malamute will shed heavily, which will require above average grooming efforts.
Malamutes have plumed tails, that carry over their back, with plenty of fur for insulation.

There are plenty of coat color variations on a Mal. According to the American Kennel Club, the most preferred and common choices are a mix between sable to red, and light gray to black.

This breed also features a cap on top of their heads, and a mask on the face.

Overall, they have a well-built appearance, with broad heads and almond colored eyes. Most Alaskan Malamutes will have white on their underbelly, legs, feet and hints on the face.

Alaskan Malamute

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Alaskan Malamute side profile. By Eric Isselee/