While coat length is a preference and each individual likes different things.. Here is some information that might help you, in your search for a little one......
Iam by no means an expert on any of this, I have learned from owning Malamutes, doing reseach and by trial and error.. I want my website to have as much information on it for those interested in a Malamute, yes even if you dont buy your new family member from Oregon Malamutes.
*Malamutes have several coat types but only one is the correct breed standard.
*The proper coat has a short dense undercoat and medium length guard hairs over the body.
*Sometimes a recessive gene pops up in a litter and it can produce a long coat Malamute or a woolly Malamute.
*These two coat types require frequent grooming to keep the coat clean and not matted up.
*Some people perfer with the woolly Malamutes to have a "potty path" trimmed off in the britches so that poop and urine don't stay in the fur, this will reduce odor and messes to clean up..
*Another down side to these incorrect coats is the loss of insulation. Snow and ice can get packed up into the undercoat or stuck to the longer coat taking away the insulation properties.
*Most sledders perfer the standard coat type of the Malamutes however, woollies make great sled dogs but they require booties or frequent stops to pull ice balls out of the feet and coat.
*A correct coat keeps the Mals warm in the winter and cool in the summer. An air layer sits between the undercoat and the guard hairs to hold in warmth generated by their body in the winter. In the summer the coat protects them from the heat with the coat acting like sunscreen
*It is NOT recommended to shave your Malamute in the summer, because if done, it takes away that protection from the sun so they will overheat. If a malamutes coat is trimmed, he or she will need to have access to shelter from the elements until the coat grows back in.
Drifter was considered a woolie........
Some pictures to show you the different coat lengths there can be...