At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: Males (85 - 110 lbs.), Females (75 - 95 lbs.)

Height: 30" or more

Life Span: 10 years

Scottish Deerhound

Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound

Origin: Scotland

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Obedience Work, Lure Coursing, Hunting, Tracking

History and Facts: Bred in the Middle Ages to hunt deer with Scottish nobility, you had had to be at least an Earl to own this dog. It as a courageous hunter and related to the Greyhound.

Temperament / Behavior
Quiet, gentle, dignified, loving and loyal, the Scottish Deerhound may be slow to learn. Training can be difficult. This breed needs consistent and early training.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Prone to bloating. Several small meals rather than one big meal is recommended. Avoid exercise right after feeding. Bone cancer; heart disease.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Scottish Deerhound needs plenty of exercise and room to run. If your Scottish Deerhound runs away, you may not be able to catch it - they are fast. This breed is somewhat inactive indoors and can be a good inside dog if enough exercise is provided. A large yard is recommended. Scottish Deerhound tend to make good jogging partners.

Grooming: The Scottish Deerhound's long shaggy, wiry coat is surprisingly easy to care for; a weekly brushing should keep it in good shape.


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