Alaskan Malamute vs American Staffordshire Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The American Staffordshire 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 American Staffordshire Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The American Staffordshire Terrier is very easy to groom. The Alaskan Malamute has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Alaskan Malamute and American Staffordshire Terrier are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Alaskan Malamute vs American Staffordshire Terrier
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Red American Staffordshire Terrier
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAmerican Staffordshire Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Height23-25 in.17-80 in.
Weight70-100 lb45-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageBelow Average
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited States
Origin Year1900 AD1890 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-45°F to 70°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph24 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneMedium

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 NameAlaskan MalamuteAmerican Staffordshire Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingAverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAmerican Staffordshire Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAmerican Staffordshire Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesYes
WhiteYesYes
BlackNoYes
Black BrindleNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue BrindleNoYes
Blue FawnNoYes
Blue Fawn BrindleNoYes
BronzeNoYes
Brown BrindleNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn BrindleNoYes
Fawn SableNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver BrindleNoYes
RedNoYes
Red BrindleNoYes
Red SableNoYes
Seal BrownNoYes
White & TanNoYes