Akita vs Scottish Deerhound

Compare the Akita to the Scottish Deerhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Akitas and Scottish Deerhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Akita is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Scottish Deerhound is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - The Scottish Deerhound is very child friendly. The Akita is not child-friendly and is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Grooming - The Scottish Deerhound requires moderate grooming, but the Akita has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Akita or Scottish Deerhound will bark less frequently than most breeds.
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Akita vs Scottish Deerhound
Akita Dog Breed
Gray Irish Wolfhound
Breed NameAkitaScottish Deerhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height24-28 in.28-32 in.
Weight70-130 lb75-110 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryJapanUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1600 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessBelow AverageVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyPoorVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 75°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed25 mph35 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneMedium

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 NameAkitaScottish Deerhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameAkitaScottish Deerhound
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BloatYesYes
CystinuriaNoYes
Dilated CardiomyopathyNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAkitaScottish Deerhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black BrindleYesYes
BrownYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
WhiteYesNo
BlueNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
BrindleNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray BrindleNoYes
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