Scottish Deerhound

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Other name(s): Deerhound, Scottish Greyhound

The basics:
The Scottish Deerhound enjoys a noble history lost in the mists of time. Developed to pursue and bring down deer, they were so greatly valued in medieval times that no one below the rank of an earl was allowed to keep them. When the clan system collapsed after 1745, the dog lost their noble patrons and went into decline. However, this dignified and widely admired hunting companion wasn't going to stay down for long.

Although deer are not hunted with dogs in modern America, this breed was recognized as early as 1886 by the American Kennel Club, and it has proved an admirable companion in pursuit of rabbit, coyote, and even wolves.

Also called the Scottish Greyhound, this breed offers the Greyhound temperament-- the willingness to hunt by sight in a fast sprint and the ability to chill at home when the hunt is over. They are big, fast dogs that require proper socialization, but they can make a surprisingly relaxed family pet for the right owner.

Appearance / health:
Similar in appearance to Greyhounds, Scottish Deerhounds are large athletic dogs with long graceful legs. The head is long with a flat skull. The muzzle is pointed. The nose is black or blue. The ears are set on high and are folded. The eyes are brown or hazel.

The Scottish Deerhound is an average shedder. Bathing and shampooing is done when required. Grooming is done regularly and consists of brushing and plucking to remove excess hair from the ears. Plucking is normally done twice a year.

They require high amounts of exercise. An hour of walking, running, and jogging is ideal for an adult Deerhound.

Deerhounds are prone to certain health problem that include heart disease, bone cancer, and bloat/torsion. They are sensitive to anesthetics and many drugs, particularly sulfa drugs such as tribrissen, so extreme care should be taken whenever drugs are prescribed.

Behavior / temperament:
Scottish Deerhounds love to chase cars and smaller animals especially cats. They do not enjoy being chained up in a kennel and require attention from their owners. They are inactive indoors but are energetic outdoors. Most Deerhounds can spend their time sleeping in their favorite place at home. They do not make good watchdogs. They are not territorial.

They are fast learners requiring less effort on obedience and other training than other dogs. Motivating them to work hard may be difficult for owners. It is important to know what motivates these dogs.

They are not noisy.


amazing beautiful breed, striking looks, family dogs, elegant nobility


giant breed, extreme weather conditions, couch potatoes indoors, wolfhound type coat

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