Scottish Deerhound Dog Breed

Gray Brindle Scottish Deerhound Running through Grass
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  • Other names:
  • Deerhound
Overview

Originally bred in Scotland in the 16th century, the Scottish Deerhound was bred to bring down large stags in the highlands. Today the breed is not used as much as a large game hunting dog, even though the breed's hunting instincts are still strong. Scottish deerhounds are affectionate friendly dogs which will befriend anyone. However, due to their strong prey instincts, they are not recommended to live with smaller pets (which considering the scottish deerhounds size is everything smaller than a medium sized dog).

Scottish Deerhound Breed Details

Breed Specs
TypeLifespanHeightWeight
Purebred8-11 yrs.28-32 in.75-110 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs for the Scottish Deerhound dog breed.

Scottish Deerhound Breed Description

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.

Scottish Deerhound Photos

Below are pictures of the Scottish Deerhound dog breed.

Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Deerhound
Gray Scottish Deerhound
Gray Irish Wolfhound
Gray Brindle Scottish Deerhound Running through Grass

Scottish Deerhound Health

Below are health issues common with the scottish deerhound dog breed.

  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Cystinuria
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Drug Sensitivity
  • Factor Vii Deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Osteosarcoma
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Scottish Deerhound Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Scottish Deerhound as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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