Height: 28-32 inches
Weight: 75-110 lbs.
Life Span: 8-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Sight Hounds
Scottish deerhounds are dignified, undemanding dogs that do well in obedience
classes, get along with everyone, and love the attention of children, especially
if socialized with them at an early age.
While they are comfortable with animals, they may run after cats if not
socialized with them early. They are not protective of their territory but
take their time getting to know strangers.
Although they can adjust to city life, they are better off in suburban and
rural settings where they have room to exercise and stretch their long,
The deerhound's coat is harsh, wiry, and shaggy. Its color is gray, dark
blue-gray, brindle, yellow, sandy red, or red fawn.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Scottish deerhounds need to be brushed and combed once a week. They need
several long walks daily and the opportunity to run and romp in a secured
area at least once a week.
Scottish deerhounds were owned only by nobility in Scotland during the
Middle Ages and were used to course deer. The collapse of the clan system
in the mid-18th century and the introduction of guns for hunting decreased
the popularity of the deerhound.
Breed-related health concerns: bloat, osteochondritis dissecans.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club