Alaskan Malamute vs Giant Schnauzer

Compare the Alaskan Malamute to the Giant Schnauzer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Alaskan Malamutes and Giant Schnauzers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Alaskan Malamute and Giant Schnauzer are not recommended for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Alaskan Malamute and Giant Schnauzer are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Giant Schnauzer requires moderate grooming, The Alaskan Malamute has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Alaskan Malamute and Giant Schnauzer are very vocal and will bark/howl frequently.
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Alaskan Malamute vs Giant Schnauzer
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Black Giant Schnauzer
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGiant Schnauzer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height23-25 in.24-28 in.
Weight70-100 lb55-110 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1900 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-45°F to 70°F30°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed22 mph22 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 MalamuteGiant Schnauzer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowHigh
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageAverage
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGiant Schnauzer
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
CancerNoYes
CataractsYesYes
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
GlaucomaNoYes
Heart ProblemsNoYes
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Retinal DysplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGiant Schnauzer
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
FawnNoYes
Salt & PepperNoYes
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