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Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky" Compare Alaskan Malamute and Komondor. Which is better: Alaskan Malamute or Komondor or Siberian Husky?
Name Alaskan Malamute Komondor Siberian Husky
OriginsUnited States Hungary Russia
Group Sled Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank5916312
Reviews212
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Other Names Mal, Mally Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor Chukcha, Chuksha, Husky, Icee, Sibe
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1200-$1500 $800-$1200 $700-$1200

General Appearance - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Size Large Large Medium
Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg) Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm) Male: 21–24 inches (53–61 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (51–56 cm)

Hair & Care - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Coat Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant Thick Coarser Topcoat Finer Undercoat Shaggy Dense Wavy Corded Fluffy
Colors Red Gray White Black White Ivory Agouti White Gray Sable Red Black
Grooming
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Siberian Husky requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Komondors shed none to minimal.
Siberian Huskys shed above average.

Characteristics - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Temperament Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful Affectionate Fearless Independent Calm Gentle Steady Alert Gentle Outgoing Friendly Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Siberian Husky's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Komondors are easy to train.
Siberian Huskys are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Siberian Husky is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Komondors are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Siberian Huskys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Komondors need for social interaction is average.
Siberian Huskys need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Average to high: The Komondor is a vocal breed.
Average: The Siberian Husky barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Komondors are one of the best watchdogs.
Siberian Huskys are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Komondors are extremely protective guard dogs.
Siberian Huskys can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Komondors have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Siberian Huskys have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
Siberian Huskys have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Komondors have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Siberian Huskys have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Komondors are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Siberian Huskys are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Komondors adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Siberian Huskys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Alaskan Malamutes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Stranger Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Komondors are not stranger friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Komondors are kid-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Komondors are cat-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Komondors are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Siberian Huskys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Siberian Husky is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
Siberian Huskys are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Siberian Huskys do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Komondors are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Siberian Huskys are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Komondor breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Siberian Husky breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Health Issues
The Alaskan Malamute is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Komondor is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Siberian Husky is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy No set Cataracts Corneal Dystrophy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Komondors have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Siberian Huskys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Komondors have an average exercise need.
Siberian Huskys need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Komondors like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Siberian Huskys don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 6 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Komondor can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Siberian Husky can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Komondor has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Siberian Husky has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Komondor is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Siberian Husky is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Alaskan Malamute vs Komondor vs Siberian Husky

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 3-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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