Alaskan Malamute vs Poodle

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Poodle is an excellent choice for new/inexperienced owners. The Alaskan Malamute is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Poodle is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Poodle is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Alaskan Malamute bark/howls frequently. The Poodle has an average level of barking.
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Alaskan Malamute vs Poodle
Alaskan Malamute Dog Breed
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Breed NameAlaskan MalamutePoodle
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height23-25 in.15-24 in.
Weight70-100 lb45-70 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesGermany
Origin Year1900 AD1200 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
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹-45°F to 70°F35°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed22 mph32 mph
StrengthVery HighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingMediumNone
DanderMediumNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 MalamutePoodle
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingAverageAverage
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageVery Low
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchVery LowAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamutePoodle
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseNoYes
AllergiesNoYes
BloatNoYes
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)NoYes
CataractsYesYes
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
Cushing's SyndromeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
HemeralopiaYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesYes
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)NoYes
Optic Nerve HypoplasiaNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Premature GrayingNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Runny EyesNoYes
Sebaceous AdenitisNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAlaskan MalamutePoodle
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Corded CoatNoYes
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Agouti & WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
Blue & WhiteYesYes
Gray & WhiteYesYes
Red & WhiteYesYes
Sable & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
ApricotNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & ApricotNoYes
Black & BrownNoYes
Black & CreamNoYes
Black & GrayNoYes
Black & RedNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & ApricotNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Cafe Au LaitNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream & WhiteNoYes
GrayNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & ApricotNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver BeigeNoYes
White & ApricotNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
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