Airedale Terrier vs Alaskan Malamute

Compare the Airedale Terrier to the Alaskan Malamute. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Airedale Terriers and Alaskan Malamutes.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Airedale Terrier is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Alaskan Malamute is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Airedale Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Airedale Terrier requires moderate grooming, The Alaskan Malamute has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Alaskan Malamute has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Airedale Terrier vs Alaskan Malamute
Airedale Terrier
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Breed NameAiredale TerrierAlaskan Malamute
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height22-24 in.23-25 in.
Weight40-65 lb70-100 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited States
Origin Year1886 AD1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 85°F-45°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed25 mph22 mph
StrengthHighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowNone

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 NameAiredale TerrierAlaskan Malamute
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowAverage
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchVery LowVery Low
Health Comparison
Breed NameAiredale TerrierAlaskan Malamute
Lifespan
Lifespan10-13 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
CancerYesNo
CataractsNoYes
ChondrodysplasiaNoYes
HemeralopiaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Inherited PolyneuropathyNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Umbilical HerniasYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAiredale TerrierAlaskan Malamute
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
ScruffyYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
Grizzle & TanYesNo
Agouti & WhiteNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
Gray & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
Seal & WhiteNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
WhiteNoYes