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Size: Large

Weight: 85 - 100 lbs.

Height: 28" - 32"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

Health Problems: Bloat; osteosarcoma

Origin: Scotland

Also Known As: Scottish Deerhound

Group: Hound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Deerhound is an active breed that requires several long walks and play sessions per day to avoid behavioral problems. This breed enjoys being able to run in an open, secured area.

Grooming Needs

The Deerhound requires brushing several times per week.


The Deerhound is an easy-going, mellow companion. The breed gets along well with children but may be wary of strangers. Although independent, the Deerhound attempts to please and can be extremely sensitive. This breed thrives on human companionship and will prefer a soft bed where it can stretch and lounge indoors.

Compatibility with Kids

Gets along well wiith children


Believed to be an ancient breed, the Scottish Deerhound could only be owned by nobility during the 16th century. The breed has had several bouts with near extinction, but still remains a high quality breed.

Pet Facts

This breed is often compared to the Greyhound.

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