Scottish Deerhound

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Quick Facts

  • Weight: 66 – 106 pounds (29.94 – 48.08 kg)
  • Height: 28 – 32 inches (71.12 – 81.28 cm)

The Look of a Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhounds have large, tall, lean frames covered in harsh, wiry coats that usually come in fawn, brindle or bluish gray. Their long, flat, narrow heads have pointed muzzles, a distinguished beard & moustache and black noses. Like Greyhounds, their ears lie flat against the head, perking up when excited. They have long, tapered tails that hang low, sometimes curling slightly.


  • Mellow inside
  • Active outside
  • Good nappers
  • Loyal
  • Sensitive
  • Good manners

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active singles
  • Sporty types
  • Hikers & joggers
  • Families with older children

What They Are Like to Live With

With impeccable manners and a good attitude, Scottish Deerhounds are welcoming, warm and easygoing. While they are active and sporty (for the most part) outside, they are perfectly content to curl up on the couch after a long walk and snore the afternoon away. They crave attention and togetherness. When ignored or bothered, they sometimes let out a peculiar whining sound.

Loyal, dependable and protective, the Scottish Deerhound is still too friendly to be an intimidating watchdog. It is more concerned for people than property. This canine needs a good daily walk to stay in good shape.

Things You Should Know

The mellow, nap-taking adult Scottish Deerhound starts life as a somewhat rambunctious puppy. They tend to test authority, so offer them firm but positive training at a young age. Scottish Deerhound puppies are not suitable for apartment life, but a fully grown canine will suffice, especially if there are several comfy couches.

Scottish Deerhounds can live as long as 10 years. Common health issues include heart disease, some forms of cancer and bloat. To prevent bloat, feed the Deerhound smaller meals throughout the day as opposed to one big meal. Its complicated-looking coat is actually a cinch to groom: Just trim it occasionally and brush it regularly.

Scottish Deerhound History

The Scottish Deerhound has been hunting in the Highlands for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that it was referred to as the Deerhound. Once an exclusive pet of the aristocracy and formidable chaser of deer, the Scottish Deerhound is now a popular household companion.

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