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Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute" Compare Rough Collie and Golden Retriever. Which is better: Rough Collie or Golden Retriever or Alaskan Malamute?
Name Rough Collie Golden Retriever Alaskan Malamute
OriginsScotland Scotland United States
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Gun Dog Sled Dogs
Popularity Rank40359
Reviews010
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Other Names Collie, Scottish Collie, Long-Haired Collie, English Collie, Lassie Dog Yellow Retriever, Golden Flat Coat Mal, Mally
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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. 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 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 $400-$600 $1000-$2000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg), Female: 53-65 pounds (24-29 kg) Male: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg)
Height Male: 24–26 inch (60–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inch (55–61 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm)

Hair & Care - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute

Coat Rough Soft Thick Straight Harsh Furry Silky Wavy Shiny Straight Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant
Colors Black & White & Tan Blue & Merle Blue & Merle & White Sable Sable & White White White & Merle Merle Golden Light Red Gray White Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Golden Retriever requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Rough Collies are heavy shedders.
Golden Retrievers shed moderately.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute

Temperament Friendly Gentle Intelligent Loyal Protective Responsive Social Hard working Docile Obedient Elegant Herding Confident Intelligent Reliable Friendly Kind Trustworthy Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Rough Collie is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Golden Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Rough Collies are very easy to train.
Golden Retrievers are easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Rough Collie is a playful breed.
The Golden Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Rough Collies don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Golden 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
Rough Collies are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Golden Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Rough Collies need a lot of social interaction.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Rough Collie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Golden Retriever rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Rough Collies are one of the best watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Rough Collies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Golden Retrievers are average defenders.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Rough Collie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Rough Collies have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Golden Retrievers 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Rough Collies are not the biggest explorers.
Golden Retrievers 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
Rough Collies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers 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
Rough Collies are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Golden Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Rough Collies adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Golden Retrievers 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
Rough Collies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Golden Retrievers 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.
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 - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute

Stranger Friendly
Rough Collies are stranger friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Rough Collies are very kid-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Rough Collies are very cat-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Rough Collies are dog-friendly dogs.
Golden Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Rough Collie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Golden Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Rough Collies are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Golden Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Rough Collies are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Golden Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Rough Collies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Golden Retrievers 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 Yes
This breed makes good 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 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.
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
Rough Collie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Golden Retriever breed usually likes 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 - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute

Health Issues
Egészségesek Rough Collie fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Golden Retrievers are commonly healthy dogs.
Egészségesek Alaskan Malamute fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Collie Eye Anomaly Gray Collie Syndrome Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Drug Sensitivity Hip Dysplasia Allergies Bloat Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hemangiosarcoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Osteochondrosis Dissecans Osteosarcoma Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Rough Collies have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Golden Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Rough Collies need quite a lot of exercise.
Golden Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Rough Collies sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Golden Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 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.
High: The Golden Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Rough Collie can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Rough Collie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Golden Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Rough Collie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Golden Retriever drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Rough Collie vs Golden Retriever 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 4-8 puppies 5-10 puppies 4-10 puppies

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