Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Scottish Deerhound

Compare the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog to the Scottish Deerhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Scottish Deerhounds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Scottish Deerhound is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and Scottish Deerhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is easy to groom while the Scottish Deerhound has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog bark/howls frequently. The Scottish Deerhound has a low tendency to bark.
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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog vs Scottish Deerhound
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Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogScottish Deerhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-11 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height24-29 in.28-32 in.
Weight85-140 lb75-110 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountrySwitzerlandUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1515 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 70°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLow-MediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed22 mph35 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountMediumMedium

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 NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogScottish Deerhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsHighBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogScottish Deerhound
Lifespan
Lifespan10-11 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BloatNoYes
CystinuriaNoYes
Dilated CardiomyopathyNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
OsteosarcomaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGreater Swiss Mountain DogScottish Deerhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlueYesYes
Blue, White, & TanYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Tricolor (black, Red, & White)YesNo
BlackNoYes
Black BrindleNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
BrindleNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray BrindleNoYes
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