Scottish Deerhound

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Scottish Deerhound History

The Scottish Deerhound is a medium-to-large-sized, long-legged, smooth-haired, scent hound. The Scottish Deerhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1897. The Scottish deerhounds have a long and noble history and are well-known for their impressive presence and keen sense of smell. The deerhounds were developed in Scotland from a mixture of existing scent hounds, and were used as a hunting and tracking dog. They were soon considered the ideal speed trial hunter.

Time of Origin

Middle Ages

Country of Origin




Scottish Deerhound Physical Characteristics

The Scottish Deerhound is a medium to large sized, long-haired hound that is typically 24 to 30 inches at the withers and 105 to 140 pounds. They have a long, squarish head, large ears, and a thick, rough coat that is red, brindle, or fawn. They have deep chests and jaws. They have dark brown eyes and a wrinkled muzzle. The Scottish Deerhounds have a calm, steady temperament.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 30 – 32 inches

Female Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 85 – 110 lbs

Female Weight Range: 75 – 95 lbs

Scottish Deerhound Health

Description of breed health.


8-11 yrs

Scottish Deerhound Health Concerns

Gastric Torsion, Osteosarcoma, Anesthesia Sensitivity/Allergy, Cardiomyopathy, Allergies

Scottish Deerhound Temperament and Behaviour

The Scottish Deerhound is a gentle, affectionate, and laidback large dog. They are generally calm, but are also known to be stubborn and willful. They are independent and have a great sense of humor, but can sometimes get bored easily. They love to lounge around the house, but need regular exercise. They usually do well with older children who respect their space.

Scottish Deerhound Activity Requirements

Scottish Deerhounds are a large, friendly, and loyal hound that originated in Scotland. While they are not known for being hyper-active, they do still require some regular activity. Most Scottish Deerhounds will need at least one hour of daily exercise. This need can be met through long walks or runs, or it can be broken up into several smaller walks. While they do enjoy running, they are not high-energy. If you are looking for a dog that will enjoy long hikes or runs, you may want to consider another breed. If you are considering a Scottish Deerhound, be sure you are ready to meet their activity needs.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3.8 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Scottish Deerhound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Scottish Deerhound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Scottish Deerhound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Scottish Deerhound is part of the Hound group.

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