Facial Markings

A unique trait about this dog is that different dogs of this breed have different facial markings and colors. You may want to explore these patterns and colors before considering to purchase an Alaskan malamute.

Markings:

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

OPEN FACE: a cap covering the top of the head and no other markings on the face

BLAZE: a white mark extending from the center point of the cap back up the forehead. Width and length can vary

STAR: a small white spot in the center of the forehead

EYE SHADOW: dark markings under the eyes but not extending out to the cap

GOGGLES: dark areas under the eyes and extending sideways to the cap

BAR: a dark area extending from the center point of the cap down the nose

MASK: the combination of cap and goggles

FULL MASK: the combination of cap, goggles and bar

CLOSED FACE: dark coloring covering the face with no distinct markings on the face