Scottish Deerhound vs Saint Bernard

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Saint Bernard is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Scottish Deerhound is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Scottish Deerhound and Saint Bernard are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Scottish Deerhound and Saint Bernard require moderate grooming.
  • Barking - Both breeds do not bark frequently, but the Saint Bernard will bark less often between the two.
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Breed NameScottish DeerhoundSaint Bernard
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-11 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height28-32 in.25½-27½ in.
Weight75-110 lb110-200 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUK (Scotland)Switzerland
Origin Year1600 AD1695 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F20°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumLow
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed35 mph20 mph
StrengthVery HighVery High
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingMedium-HighMedium
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountMediumHigh

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 NameScottish DeerhoundSaint Bernard
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingHighBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageHigh
WatchBelow AverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameScottish DeerhoundSaint Bernard
Lifespan
Lifespan8-11 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
BloatYesYes
CataractsNoYes
CystinuriaYesNo
Dilated CardiomyopathyYesYes
Drug SensitivityYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Factor Vii DeficiencyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
OsteosarcomaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameScottish DeerhoundSaint Bernard
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
ScruffyYesNo
RoughNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue GrayYesNo
BrindleYesNo
GrayYesNo
Gray BrindleYesNo
Brindle GrizzleNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Mahogany & WhiteNoYes
Orange & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Rust & WhiteNoYes
White & BrownNoYes
White & OrangeNoYes
White & RedNoYes
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