The Scottish Deerhound, also called simply as Deerhound, is a breed of tall, slender dog that originated in Scotland. It belongs to the hound breed family which is remarkable for their outstanding hunting skills emphasized by the members’ exceptional scenting ability, incomparable speed, and or great stamina. Scottish Deerhounds have been bred to hunt deers. Their wiry coat is between 3 to 4 in longer, and a bit harsher around the body, beard, neck, mane, and mustache parts as compared to the head, belly, and chest areas. Coat colors usually include gray, blue gray, brindle and black, and many more.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Scottish Deerhound breed normally stand a height of 28 to 32 in at the withers, and weigh between 75 to 110 lbs.
Scottish Deerhounds, in general, are gentle, polite, and well-mannered dogs. They are friendly, loyal, and affectionate toward their family owners. The breed also makes excellent companions for children. Deerhounds are devoted, dignified, and very courageous, though may not be considered as guard and watchdogs. To keep the breed from becoming wilful and stubborn, handlers have to be firm yet calm in their approach. These hound dogs need an owner who can be confident and consistent when it comes to disciplining them. Deerhounds are friendly with other canines, but should never be trusted around non-canine animals as they may chase and hunt them. The breed is often quiet and hardly ever barks.
Scottish Deerhounds are easy to groom. Their harsh coat can be easily brushed with the use of slicker brush or comb. Brushing sessions need to be done on a regular basis to get rid of dead hair as well as to leave their fur in good condition. Trimming the hair around the ear canals would is also recommended. Additionally, bathe sessions may only be carried out only when necessary.
Deerhounds are a bit more short-lived as compared to other canines. As a matter of fact, they only have an average lifespan of 8 to 9 years. Besides, quite a few health issues are associated with them. These include osteosarcoma, cardiomyopathy, and bloat.
Members of the Scottish Deerhound breed are adaptable to apartment-living. They are relatively inactive indoors, though may require a lot of exercise every day. Access to a highly fenced yard is recommended. Because the breed loves to be with people, they rarely thrive as kennel dogs.