Scottish Deerhound is an ancient breed, although its origins are lost in history. However, the breed has been known as Deerhound since the 16th century. During their history, these dogs were prized for their hunting abilities as well as their character. In the age of chivalry, only those people holding a rank of earl or higher could own Deerhounds.
The Scottish Deerhound are tall dogs, standing 28 to 32 inches tall and weighing 80 to 100 pounds. They are powerful dogs with narrow heads, dark eyes, and small ears. The chest is deep and the tail is long. The medium-length coat is wiry, and they have mustaches and beards. The coat is usually dark blue–gray but may also be fawn or red. The coat needs to be brushed and combed at least twice a week. Most owners like to trim the hair on the face to keep the dog neat. Dogs being shown will need hand-stripping on the face rather than scissoring.
Two walks a day is great for Scottish Deerhound dogs, but Deerhounds also need a chance to run. Young Scottish Deerhound dogs will need a daily run; adult Scottish Deerhounds will settle for several runs a week. Make sure the dog runs in a securely fencedin yard, as this breed was bred to hunt; if a critter is flushed during a run, the dog will take off.
The Scottish Deerhound has a wonderful temperament. Although she loves a good run, she is usually calm and amiable in the house. She loves a soft place to snooze. Training should be light and fun without too much repetition. Don’t expect her to be as responsive to training as many other breeds; she may not bring back thrown toys and she will respond to commands when it pleases her.
The Scottish Deerhound breed is reserved with strangers but cannot be considered a watchdog. She is great with children and other dogs in the family. She may chase strange dogs, and she should not be trusted with small pets who may run from her. Scottish Deerhound has a short life span, living only 8 to 10 years. Health concerns include bloat, torsion, heart problems, dwarfism, and anesthesia sensitivities.