Male Height (typical): 76-81 cm. (30-32 inches)
Female Height (typical): 68-74 cm. (27-29 inches)
Size: Small – Medium – Large
Male Weight (typical): 38-45 kg. (85-100 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 32-41 kg. (70-90 pounds)
Country of Origin: British Isles
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 8 – 11 Years
Best suited as: Working Dog, Family Pet
Other names: Royal Dog of Scotland, Deerhound
Description – The Scottish Deerhound has an appearance very similar to a Greyhound but is slightly taller in stature. Unlike the Greyhound the Scottish Deerhound has a much thicker coat of fur that is normally found in grey, brown or brindle. This coat is rougher to the touch along the back and sides of the dog’s body and softer on the head and underside. Like the Greyhound, the Scottish Deerhound is a very agile and fast dog when running and has a very playful personality that helps it bond quickly with most families.
Origin & History – The Scottish Deerhound was originally bred to hunt with the Scottish royalty and has evolved since then to be a popular hunting dog in many countries. Because this dog was initially used for hunting in harsh climates, it developed a thick coat of fur to protect it from the elements. After the emergence of armed hunting, this breed started to decrease in numbers until it was almost extinct. In the 1800s two brothers named Archibald and Duncan McNeill began breeding them again and saved this dog from extinction. Today these dogs are sought after as great companion dogs and are still used for hunting because of their keen sense of smell and tracking abilities.
Temperament – The breed has a very gentle disposition that makes it a great family pet. It is an intelligent dog and will respond to commands once taught. The Scottish Deerhound is also great around children but should be supervised around smaller family members because of their size and weight. They are not aggressive but may accidentally knock a child over while playing. Even though they are not a watchdog, they are extremely devoted to their families and crave positive attention. This breed is wonderful around other dogs and actually prefers their company for playtime. They love to romp around and chase another dog as part of their play and are gentle with other pets in the home. Care should be taken with other smaller pets since the Scottish Deerhound is bred for hunting.
Exercise & Grooming – The Scottish Deerhound has a fairly high energy level and needs regular exercise. This can be accomplished with long daily walks or unsupervised playtime in a bigger back yard with other dogs. This exercise is critical for proper health and growth. While walking, the dog should be kept on a leash to prevent it from wandering off in search of prey. Their grooming requirements are minimal and a regular brushing a few times a week is all that is necessary to keep their coats clean. Regular baths are not needed but an occasional one, when the dog is particularly dirty, is fine.
Health Concerns – The only known problem for this breed is bloating with certain foods. A well-balanced and nutritional diet should help to eliminate this but smaller meals are better than a single large feeding in every case. Unlike many dogs that will temper their eating habits and consume small meals throughout the day from the same bowl, the Scottish Deerhound will eat all their food at once. This can be avoided by serving smaller portions several times a day until the dog becomes accustomed to the pattern. The dog should also refrain from too much physical exercise right after a meal to avoid the bloating.
Scottish Deerhound Organisations in Australia
Deerhound Club of Victoria Inc
Scottish Deerhound Organisations in the UK
Scottish Deerhound Club of America
Scottish Deerhound Organisations in the US
Scottish Deerhound Club of America
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