Afghan Hound vs Alaskan Malamute

Compare the Afghan Hound to the Alaskan Malamute. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Afghan Hounds and Alaskan Malamutes.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Afghan Hound is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Alaskan Malamute is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Afghan Hound is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Afghan Hound is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Alaskan Malamute bark/howls frequently. The Afghan Hound has an average level of barking.
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Afghan Hound vs Alaskan Malamute
Afghan Hound Dog Breed
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Breed NameAfghan HoundAlaskan Malamute
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height24-29 in.23-25 in.
Weight45-60 lb70-100 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryAfghanistanUnited States
Origin Year200 BC1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F-45°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumHigh
Top Running Speed40 mph22 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAlaskan Malamute
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchBelow AverageVery Low
Health Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAlaskan Malamute
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsYesYes
ChondrodysplasiaNoYes
HemeralopiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Inherited PolyneuropathyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAfghan HoundAlaskan Malamute
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & CreamYesNo
CreamYesNo
RedYesNo
SilverYesNo
WhiteYesYes
Agouti & WhiteNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
Seal & WhiteNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
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