Scottish Deerhound Dog Breed Information


Scottish Deerhound Quick Facts
Scottish Deerhound
Breed Group: Hounds
Origen: Scotland
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Weight: 75-110 lbs
Height: 28-32 inches
Color(s): All shades of gray and gray brindle, with dark blue-gray.


Scottish Deerhound Appearance

The Scottish Deerhound is tall and slim appearing to be a rough-coated Greyhound, but larger and bigger boned. They have a long head with flat skull. Their eyes are dark, either brown, or hazel with black eye rims. The small ears are high set, folded back like a greyhound. The front legs are straight and the tail is long and tapering.

The Scottish Deerhound has the ability to accelerate to top speed and to twist and turn with unequaled agility giving him the capacity to execute the double suspension gallop at its most extreme. He is a true sporting hound that covers a maximum of distance with a minimum of lost motion, capable of speeds up to 35 m.p.h. The Scottish Deerhound The harsh, wiry coat comes in all shades of gray and gray brindle, with dark blue-gray. The weight of the Scottish Deerhound is around 75-110 pounds; and the height is around 28-32 inches.

Scottish Deerhound Temperament

The Scottish Deerhound is a soft low-key and easygoing gracious and well mannered addition to the home. The breed is famed for being docile and eager to please. Very courageous and dignified, devoted and loyal, but they are not good as watch or guard dogs, they love everyone. Scottish Deerhounds are quiet and rarely ever bark. They could become quite destructive especially when they are not given sufficient exercise.

Is Scottish Deerhound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Scottish Deerhound needs a good amount of daily exercise, either long walk or a romp in a safe area. They could live outdoor in temperate or cold climates; but is best suited to live inside with its family as they need human companionships.

Although he enjoys his family, his size may be intimidating to smaller children. Scottish Deerhounds can do ok in an in apartment as long as they are sufficiently exercised; they need to have regular access to free exercise in a fenced or "safe" area as they have the tendency to chase anything that moves.

Scottish Deerhound Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Scottish Deerhound is around 7-9 years.

Scottish Deerhound Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are Bloat and Gastric Torsion, cardiomyopaty, osteosarcoma (bone cancer). They are also prone to hypothyroidism, neck pain, allergies. Like most sighthounds, they are intolerant of barbiturate anesthetics.

Scottish Deerhound Care and Grooming

The Scottish Deerhound hard coat needs combing one or two times a week. They need extensive grooming. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Scottish Deerhound Shedding

The Scottish Deerhound is an average shedder, and therefore is not well suited to allergy sufferers.