Alaskan Malamute vs Groenendael

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Groenendael 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 Groenendael is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Groenendael is easy to groom. The Alaskan Malamute has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Alaskan Malamute bark/howls frequently. The Groenendael has a low tendency to bark.
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Alaskan Malamute vs Groenendael
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Black Groenendael
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGroenendael
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height23-25 in.22-26 in.
Weight70-100 lb60-75 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesBelgium
Origin Year1900 AD1890 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
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
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesNo
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-45°F to 70°F20°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed22 mph30 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium-High
SheddingMediumHigh
DanderMediumHigh
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 MalamuteGroenendael
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingAverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGroenendael
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HyperthyroidismNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteGroenendael
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes