The scottish deerhound is a large dog breed. Adults often weigh in excess of 100 pounds and stand 28 to 32 inches tall from ground to shoulder. Despite the breed's size, the scottish deerhound is relatively inactive indoors making them a good companion inside homes (as long as you have a comfy couch). However, the breed's size will likely exceed the pet size restrictions most apartments have, so the scottish deerhound may not be the best apartment pet.
The scottish deerhound does well with children, but does best with older mature children. This is because the deerhound isn't the best playmate breed and prefers not to be poked, pulled, or grabbed unexpectedly. Their size also makes them a difficult breed to have around small children since they can easily unintentionally knock over a small child. The scottish deerhound has a very strong prey instinct and will chase animals they consider prey. Because of this, the aren't recommended for households with smaller pets.
Scottish deerhounds are medium maintenance dog breeds. Their coat sheds throughout the year so it is necessary to brush them regularly to prevent mats and tangles from developing in their coat. Despite the breed's size, the deerhound is a mellow breed and doesn't require as much exercise as you would expect. Generally a 30 minute walk daily will suffice.