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Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle" Compare Labrador Retriever and Alaskan Malamute. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Alaskan Malamute or Goldendoodle?
Name Labrador Retriever Alaskan Malamute Goldendoodle
OriginsEngland Canada United States United States Canada
Group Gun Dog Sled Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank159447
Reviews321
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Mal, Mally Curly Golden, Curly Retriever, Goldenpoo
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 as a Working breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Sledge Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club International Designer Canine Registry
Price $1000-$2000 $1200-$1500 600-800

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Miniature: 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg)Standard: 45-100 pounds (20-45 kg), Medium: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 80 - 95 pounds (36 - 43 kg), Female: 70 - 85 pounds (32 - 38 kg) Miniature: 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg)Standard: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Medium: 37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 13-24 inches (33-61 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm), Female: 22 - 24 inches (56 - 61 cm) 18.5 inches (47 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Dense Rough Thick Weather-resistant Curly Wavy Smooth Straight
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Red Gray White Black Black Gray White Brown Red Yellow
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Alaskan Malamute requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Alaskan Malamutes are heavy shedders.
Goldendoodles shed moderately.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Affectionate Dignified Loyal Devoted Friendly Playful Energetic Intelligent Friendly Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Alaskan Malamute's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Goldendoodle's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Alaskan Malamutes are easy to train.
Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
The Alaskan Malamute is a playful breed.
The Goldendoodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Alaskan Malamutes are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Goldendoodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Alaskan Malamutes are a social breed.
Goldendoodles need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Alaskan Malamute rarely barks.
Average: The Goldendoodle barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are one of the best watchdogs.
Goldendoodles are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Alaskan Malamutes are extremely protective guard dogs.
Goldendoodles are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Alaskan Malamute has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Alaskan Malamutes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Goldendoodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Alaskan Malamutes have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Goldendoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Alaskan Malamutes have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Goldendoodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Alaskan Malamutes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Alaskan Malamutes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Goldendoodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are stranger friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are kid-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are not cat-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are very dog-friendly dogs.
Goldendoodles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Alaskan Malamute is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Goldendoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Alaskan Malamutes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Goldendoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Alaskan Malamutes do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Goldendoodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Alaskan Malamutes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Goldendoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Alaskan Malamute breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Goldendoodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Alaskan Malamute is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Goldendoodles are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Cataracts Chondrodysplasia Hemeralopia Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Inherited Polyneuropathy Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Cataracts Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are high energy dogs.
Goldendoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Alaskan Malamutes need quite a lot of exercise.
Goldendoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Alaskan Malamutes don't need too much sleep.
Goldendoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Alaskan Malamute can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Alaskan Malamute has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Goldendoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Alaskan Malamute is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Goldendoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever vs Alaskan Malamute vs Goldendoodle

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies 4-10 puppies 4-8 puppies

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