Alaskan Malamute vs Hovawart

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Hovawart 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 Hovawart is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Hovawart is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Alaskan Malamute has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Alaskan Malamute vs Hovawart
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
Black & Gold Hovawart
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteHovawart
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height23-25 in.23-28 in.
Weight70-100 lb60-100 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1900 AD1210 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
  • Affectionate
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-45°F to 70°F20°F to 70°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed22 mph24 mph
StrengthVery HighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumMedium
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 MalamuteHovawart
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingVery LowAverage
GuardingBelow AverageHigh
HerdingAverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteHovawart
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Underactive ThyroidNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamuteHovawart
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesYes
ShaggyNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black/goldNoYes
BlondeNoYes