Description: These dogs are gentle with elegant ways and polite affection. Quiet, loving, friendly and excellent with children. Very courageous and dignified, devoted and loyal, but they are not watch or guard dogs, for they just love everyone. Scottish Deerhounds needs human friendship and will be devoted companions to their caring family/owners/handlers. These dogs are quiet and dignified in the house.
The Scottish Deerhound can be willful at times and slow to obey commands. Although friendly with other dogs, they should not be trusted with non-canine pets. The Scottish Deerhound has an unusual cry.
Other Names: Deerhound
Height: 28 - 30 inches
Weight: 80 - 100 lbs.
Colors: Dark blue gray and lighter grays; brindles and yellow; sandy red or red fawn with black points.
Coat: Shaggy but not over coated.
Temperament: Gentle, active. loyal, tranquil.
With Children: Yes, when socialized.
With Pets: May chase cats and other small pets because of his strong hunting instincts.
Special Skills: Family pet and hunter by sight of large game.
Care and Exercise: Regular grooming of his coat should consist of brushing, plucking excess hair from the ears and trimming the pads of his feet. Plucking of the coat should be done twice a year. He needs a tremendous amount of exercise which should consist of free time off leash as he loves to run. Makes a great companion to run along side a bicycle.
Training: Training needs to begin at a young age. He should be allowed to meet new people and other dogs and cats. He is a quick learner if handle correctly. A friendly tone of your voice will get him to do what you need.
Learning Rate: Low, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Low
Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: Lots of space he a large breed when full grown. It is recommended that he also has a home with a high fenced yard as he can easily jump a six-foot fence. Owners should be a patient, easy going and never harsh and should appreciate the breed's sensitivity to the smallest changes.
Health Issues: Gastric torsion (bloat) and bursa.
Life Span: 8 - 11 Years
Litter Size: 8 - 9
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: May have arrived in Scotland over 3000 years ago with the Phoenician traders. The Scottish Deerhound is featured in the writings of novelist, Sir Walter Scott who had a female Scottish Deerhound named "Maida". He became a favorite among the Scottish Highlanders who used him to hunt wild deer in the glens.
First Registered by the AKC: 1886
AKC Group: Hound Group