Alaskan Malamute vs Appenzeller Sennenhund

Compare the Alaskan Malamute to the Appenzeller Sennenhund. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Alaskan Malamutes and Appenzeller Sennenhunds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Appenzeller Sennenhund 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 Appenzeller Sennenhund is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Appenzeller Sennenhund is very easy to groom. The Alaskan Malamute has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Alaskan Malamute and Appenzeller Sennenhund are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Alaskan Malamute vs Appenzeller Sennenhund
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Tri-Color Appenzeller Sennenhund
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAppenzeller Sennenhund
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height23-25 in.19-22 in.
Weight70-100 lb48-55 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesSwitzerland
Origin Year1900 AD1906 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
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 LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed22 mph24 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone-Low

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 MalamuteAppenzeller Sennenhund
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAppenzeller Sennenhund
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteAppenzeller Sennenhund
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Tri-colorNoYes
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