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Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Comparison - Dog breed selector: Scotch Sheep Dog or Mal or Great Japanese Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Border Collie Alaskan Malamute Akita
OriginsEngland Scotland Wales United States Japan
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Sled Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank385947
Reviews1036
User Ratings

Other Names Scotch Sheep Dog, Sheepdog Mal, Mally Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group 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. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
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
The American Int. Border Collie Registry
The American Border Collie Association
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.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $1200-$1500 $800-$1200

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 27-42 pounds (12-19 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 34.5 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height Male: 19-22 inches (48-56 cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20.5 inches (52 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Dense
Feathered
Straight
Short
Moderately Long
Dense
Rough
Thick
Weather-resistant
Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Colors Black & White
Tricolor
Tan
Blue merle
Blue merle-tricolor
Slate merle
Red merle
Black
Brindle
Gold
Lilac
Red
Sable
Sable Merle
Saddleback Sable
White & Blue
White & Blue Merle
White & Red
White & Red Merle
White Ticked
Seal
Slate
White & Gold
White & Sable
White & Seal
Red
Gray
White
Black
Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Grooming
Average: The Border Collie requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Border Collies shed moderately.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Intelligent
Alert
Tenacious
Protective
Energetic
Responsive
Loyal
Affectionate
Dignified
Loyal
Devoted
Friendly
Playful
Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Border Collie is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Border Collies are easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Border Collie is a highly playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Border Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Border Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Border Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Border Collie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Border Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Border Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Border Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Border Collies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Border Collies have average wanderlust potential.
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Border Collies 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.
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Border Collies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Border Collies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Border Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
Fighting 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards strangers.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Border Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards cats.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Border Collies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Border Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Border Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Border Collies are generally with other pets.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Border Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 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.
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) 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.
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
Border Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Border Collie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Alaskan Malamute is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Collie Eye Anomaly
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Hemeralopia
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Inherited Polyneuropathy
Bloat
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Border Collies are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Border Collies need a lot of exercises.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Border Collies don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Border Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Border Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Border Collie vs Alaskan Malamute vs Akita Reproducibility Comparison

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 4-8 puppies 4-10 puppies 3-12 puppies

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