Irish Wolfhound vs Scottish Deerhound

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Irish Wolfhound is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Scottish Deerhound is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Irish Wolfhound and Scottish Deerhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Irish Wolfhound is easier to groom than the Scottish Deerhound.
  • Barking - Both the Irish Wolfhound or Scottish Deerhound will bark less frequently than most breeds.
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Irish Wolfhound vs Scottish Deerhound
Irish Wolfhound Dog Breed
Gray Irish Wolfhound
Breed NameIrish WolfhoundScottish Deerhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan6-8 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height32-35 in.28-32 in.
Weight90-180 lb75-110 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedUK (Scotland)
Origin Year700 BC1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed35 mph35 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountMedium-HighMedium

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 NameIrish WolfhoundScottish Deerhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish WolfhoundScottish Deerhound
Lifespan
Lifespan6-8 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BloatYesYes
CystinuriaNoYes
Dilated CardiomyopathyYesYes
Drug SensitivityYesYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Fibrocartilaginous Embolic MyelopathyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Liver ShuntYesNo
Osteochondrosis DissecansYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish WolfhoundScottish Deerhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesYes
BrindleYesYes
CreamYesNo
GrayYesYes
Gray & BrindleYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & BrindleYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
SilverYesNo
WheatenYesNo
Wheaten & BrindleYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black BrindleNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
Gray BrindleNoYes
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