Leonberger vs Scottish Deerhound

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Leonberger and Scottish Deerhound are not recommended for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Leonberger and Scottish Deerhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Leonberger is easy to groom while the Scottish Deerhound has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Leonberger has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Scottish Deerhound has a low tendency to bark.
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Leonberger vs Scottish Deerhound
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Breed NameLeonbergerScottish Deerhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-10 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Height25½-31½ in.28-32 in.
Weight100-170 lb75-110 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyUK (Scotland)
Origin Year1849 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • 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/HowlsOftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed16 mph35 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountLowMedium

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 NameLeonbergerScottish Deerhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameLeonbergerScottish Deerhound
Lifespan
Lifespan8-10 yrs.8-11 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseYesNo
AllergiesNoYes
BloatYesYes
CancerYesNo
CystinuriaNoYes
Dilated CardiomyopathyNoYes
Drug SensitivityNoYes
EctropionYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionYesNo
Eosinophilic PanosteitisYesNo
Factor Vii DeficiencyNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Inherited PolyneuropathyYesNo
OsteosarcomaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameLeonbergerScottish Deerhound
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
ScruffyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesNo
Reddish BrownYesNo
SandyYesNo
YellowYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black BrindleNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue GrayNoYes
BrindleNoYes
GrayNoYes
Gray BrindleNoYes
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