Scottish Deerhound

Also known as: Deerhound

Breed origin: Scotland
Original purpose: Best suited of all dogs for the pursuit and killing of deer.

AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: males 85 to 110 lbs; females 75 to 95 lbs
Size: Height: males 30 to 32 inches; females at least 28 inches
© Scottman (Roger Pilkington) |
Color: Dark blue-gray; darker and lighter grays or brindles; yellow and sandy red or red fawn, with or without black ears and muzzles.

Life span: 9 to 11 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Scottish Deerhound is gentle, dignified, and extremely friendly. They love to chase things, and must have access to a large fenced yard or dog park where they can run safely. Young Deerhounds can become very destructive if not given enough exercise. Once mature, they are gentle and calm indoors and good around children.

Good with children? Yes but must be supervised around young children because of their large size.

Good watchdog? No

Protective? No

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, lure coursing

Exercise requirement: They must have a fenced yard or access to a dog park where they can run safely off-leash. Daily leash walks are not enough to meet their exercise requirements and their need to run freely.

Known health problems: Gastric dilatation volvulus, cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma.

Recommended books for further reading:

Scottish Deerhound (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2005
158 pages

Scottish Deerhounds
By Audrey M. Benbow
Published in 1993
192 pages

By Juliette Cunliffe
Published in 2003
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Scottish Deerhound Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Scottish Deerhound Club of America Rescue

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