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Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor" Compare Alaskan Malamute and Labrador Retriever. Which is better: Alaskan Malamute or Labrador Retriever or Komondor?
Name Alaskan Malamute Labrador Retriever Komondor
OriginsUnited States England Canada Hungary
Group Sled Dogs Gun Dog Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank591163
Reviews231
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Other Names Mal, Mally Labrador, Lab Mop Dog, Hungarian Sheepdog, Hungarian Komondor
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 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1937 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs 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 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 Canadian Canine Registry No set
Price $1200-$1500 $1000-$2000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) 125 pounds (59 kg)
Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) 25.5 inches (65 cm)

Hair & Care - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

Coat Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant Dense Waterproof Hard Short Thick Coarser Topcoat Finer Undercoat Shaggy Dense Wavy Corded
Colors Red Gray White Black Yellow Chocolate Black White Ivory
Grooming
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Komondor requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Komondors shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

Temperament Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Affectionate Fearless Independent Calm Gentle Steady
Intelligent Rank
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Komondors are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Komondors, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Komondors are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Komondors need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Komondor is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Komondors are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Komondors are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Komondor has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Komondors have an 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.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Komondor is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Komondors have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Komondors are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Komondors adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

Stranger Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Komondors are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Komondors are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Komondors are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Komondors are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Komondor is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Komondors are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Komondors are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Komondors are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Komondor 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.
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.

Health Factors - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

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

Reproducibility - Alaskan Malamute vs Labrador Retriever vs Komondor

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 5-10 puppies 3-10 puppies

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