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Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute" Compare Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Shetland Sheepdog. Which is better: Cardigan Welsh Corgi or Shetland Sheepdog or Alaskan Malamute?
Name Cardigan Welsh Corgi Shetland Sheepdog Alaskan Malamute
OriginsWales Scotland United States
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank682459
Reviews000
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Other Names Cardigan, CWC, Cardi Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie Mal, Mally
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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 American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council 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 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
Price $1000-$1300 $800-$1000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

Size Medium Medium Large
Weight Male: 25-30 pounds (11-14 kg), Female: 25-30 pounds (11-14 kg) 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg), Female: 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg) 20.5 pounds (9 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Height Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm) 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 11.5 inches (29 cm) 14.5 inches (37 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)

Hair & Care - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

Coat Fine Dense Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant
Colors Black & White Blue & Merle & White Brindle & White Red & White Sable & White White Blue Merle Sable Tan Black Red Gray White Black
Grooming
Average: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Cardigan Welsh Corgis shed above average.
Shetland Sheepdogs shed moderately.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

Temperament Active Alert Devoted Intelligent Affectionate Companionable Gentle Affectionate Gentle Lively Responsive Friendly Intelligent Playful Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Cardigan Welsh Corgi is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Shetland Sheepdog is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are quite easy to train.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a playful breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Cardigan Welsh Corgis need for social interaction is average.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a social breed.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi barks occasionally.
High: The Shetland Sheepdog is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are good watchdogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are good watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are average defenders.
Shetland Sheepdogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shetland Sheepdog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cardigan Welsh Corgis have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a low tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cardigan Welsh Corgis have average wanderlust potential.
Shetland Sheepdogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Cardigan Welsh Corgis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
Apartment Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Cardigan Welsh Corgis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shetland Sheepdogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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.
Fighting 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

Stranger Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards strangers.
Shetland Sheepdogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shetland Sheepdogs are dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cardigan Welsh Corgi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shetland Sheepdog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shetland Sheepdogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shetland Sheepdogs 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.
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.
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.
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
Cardigan Welsh Corgi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shetland Sheepdog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute 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.

Health Factors - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

Health Issues
Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Egészségesek Shetland Sheepdog fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Alaskan Malamute fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Cataracts Cystinuria Degenerative Myelopathy Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Von Willebrand's Disease Cancer Cataracts Collie Eye Anomaly Drug Sensitivity Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Haemophilia Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Trichiasis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Cardigan Welsh Corgis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Cardigan Welsh Corgis need quite a lot of exercise.
Shetland Sheepdogs have an average exercise need.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Cardigan Welsh Corgis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shetland Sheepdogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shetland Sheepdog 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.
Stinkiness Low
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shetland Sheepdog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cardigan Welsh Corgi vs Shetland Sheepdog vs Alaskan Malamute

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 4-7 puppies 4-6 puppies 4-10 puppies

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