Scottish Deerhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Scottish Deerhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginScotland flagScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Scottish Deerhound have?
Deerhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Scottish Deerhound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Scottish Deerhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Scottish Deerhound?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Scottish Deerhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Scottish Deerhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Scottish Deerhound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Scottish Deerhound? How many Scottish Deerhound are there in the world?
Frequent: The Scottish Deerhound is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Scottish Deerhound Size

Size
Is a Scottish Deerhound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Scottish Deerhound get?

Giant
Weight
How much does the Scottish Deerhound weigh? How much should the Scottish Deerhound breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Scottish Deerhound?
75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Scottish Deerhound?
92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height
How tall is the Scottish Deerhound? Scottish Deerhound height:
28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Scottish Deerhound?
30 inches (76 cm)

Scottish Deerhound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Scottish Deerhound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Scottish Deerhound's coat?
Blue GrayBrindle
Grooming
How to groom the Scottish Deerhound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Scottish Deerhound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Scottish Deerhound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Scottish Deerhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Deerhound?
Scottish Deerhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Scottish Deerhound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Scottish Deerhound every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Scottish Deerhound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Scottish Deerhound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
DignifiedFriendlyPoliteDocileGentleStill
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Scottish Deerhound? Is the Scottish Deerhound breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Scottish Deerhound ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Scottish Deerhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Scottish Deerhounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Scottish Deerhounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Scottish Deerhound sensitivity:
Scottish Deerhounds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Scottish Deerhound a good family dog?
High: Scottish Deerhounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Deerhound need? Scottish Deerhound social needs:
Scottish Deerhounds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Scottish Deerhound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Deerhound bark?
Low: The Scottish Deerhound barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Scottish Deerhound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Scottish Deerhounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Scottish Deerhound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Scottish Deerhounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Scottish Deerhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Deerhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Scottish Deerhound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Scottish Deerhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Scottish Deerhound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Scottish Deerhound? How much bite force does a Scottish Deerhound have?

Above 400 PSI 🔼

Scottish Deerhound bite force: The Strongest. Dogs that have a strong bite force are usually quite powerful and large.

They are very protective of themselves and their families, therefore a dog bite from them could be exceptionally dangerous with their PSI being above 400.

It is important that they’re trained to be around others safely.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Scottish Deerhound do?
Scottish Deerhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Scottish Deerhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Scottish Deerhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Scottish Deerhound roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Scottish Deerhound is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Scottish Deerhound have high prey drive?
Scottish Deerhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Scottish Deerhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Scottish Deerhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Scottish Deerhound breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Scottish Deerhounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Scottish Deerhound be left alone?
Scottish Deerhounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Scottish Deerhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Scottish Deerhound temperament with other people:
Scottish Deerhounds are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Scottish Deerhound dogs get along with other pets? Are Scottish Deerhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Scottish Deerhounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Scottish Deerhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Scottish Deerhound temperament with children:
Scottish Deerhounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Scottish Deerhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Scottish Deerhound breed live with a cat?
Scottish Deerhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Scottish Deerhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Scottish Deerhound dogs get along with other dogs?
Scottish Deerhounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Scottish Deerhound can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Scottish Deerhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Scottish Deerhound breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Scottish Deerhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Scottish Deerhounds good office dogs? Do Scottish Deerhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Scottish Deerhounds be office dogs?
Yes
Scottish Deerhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Scottish Deerhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Deerhound temperament with senior people? Are Scottish Deerhound dogs good for elderly owners?
Scottish Deerhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Scottish Deerhound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Scottish Deerhound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Scottish Deerhound rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Scottish Deerhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Scottish Deerhound breed? Most common health risks of Scottish Deerhound:
AllergiesBloatCystinuriaDilated CardiomyopathyDrug SensitivityFactor Vii DeficiencyHypothyroidismOsteosarcoma
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Scottish Deerhound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Scottish Deerhound see the vet?
Rare
The Scottish Deerhound should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Scottish Deerhound dogs live? How old can a Scottish Deerhound be? What is the age limit of the Scottish Deerhound? How many years can the oldest Scottish Deerhound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Scottish Deerhound?

8-10 years
The average lifespan of Scottish Deerhound: 9 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Scottish Deerhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Scottish Deerhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Scottish Deerhound have? What is the activity level of the Scottish Deerhound?
Scottish Deerhounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Scottish Deerhound need? How much exercise do Scottish Deerhound dogs require per day?
Scottish Deerhounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Scottish Deerhound breed need?
Scottish Deerhounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Scottish Deerhound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Scottish Deerhound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Scottish Deerhound? How much food should I feed my Scottish Deerhound?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Scottish Deerhound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Scottish Deerhound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Scottish Deerhound's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Scottish Deerhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Scottish Deerhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Scottish Deerhound drool?
The Scottish Deerhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Scottish Deerhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Scottish Deerhound.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Scottish Deerhound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Scottish Deerhound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Scottish Deerhound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Scottish Deerhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Scottish Deerhound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Scottish Deerhound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a boat dog?

Not really

Scottish Deerhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Scottish Deerhound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Scottish Deerhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Scottish Deerhound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Scottish Deerhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Scottish Deerhound pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Scottish Deerhound breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Scottish Deerhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Scottish Deerhound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Scottish Deerhound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Scottish Deerhound have? How many puppies can a Scottish Deerhound give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Scottish Deerhound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Scottish Deerhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Scottish Deerhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Rough-haired Sighthounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Scottish Deerhound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club

Scottish Deerhound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Scottish Deerhound breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Scottish Deerhound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Scottish Deerhound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Scottish Deerhounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Scottish Deerhounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Scottish Deerhound is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Scottish Deerhounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Scottish Deerhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Scottish Deerhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Scottish Deerhound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Scottish Deerhounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Mouthiness: Scottish Deerhounds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Scottish Deerhound is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Scottish Deerhounds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Scottish Deerhounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.

Scottish Deerhound History

The origins of the Scottish Deerhound take us to the Scottish Highlands. Because of the fact, that the breed is a very old one, experts cannot separate the breed’s true origins from the legends and myths that surrounds the dogs. Over the centuries the Scottish Deerhound was known as Scottish Greyhound, Highland Deerhounds, Rough Greyhounds, or as Irish Wolfdogs. Historical evidence suggests that large deerstalking hounds were existing in Scotland before the Scots got there in the 9th century. During that time, clan chieftains worked with packs of large, shaggy hounds to bring down wolves and 400 pounders wild red deer with dangerous antlers. At that time, these dogs were highly admired for their courage, strength, and gentle dignity.

The Scottish Deerhound got definitely identifiable as early as the 16-17th centuries. A nobleman condemned to death could purchase his life with a gift of Deerhounds. Consequently, the Deerhound’s esteem and worth had skyrocketed. No one with a lower rank than an Earl could claim the ownership of a Scottish Deerhound, which was commonly portrayed as the official Royal Dog of Scotland. This exclusivity led to many regulations and imposed breeding privileges. Eventually, the breed got endangered because of these rigorous breeding policies. The Scottish Deerhound suffered under its restricted ownership, so, consequently, many times the breed was close to extinction. Most nearly when the clan political system collapsed in Scotland in 1745. The breed was in dire straits by 1769. Many efforts were made in order to restore this majestic breed to its initial glory in the 1820s by Duncan and Archibald McNeill. Fortunately, their well-planned and detailed breeding program succeeded, and the breed got saved from the brink of extinction.

The Scottish Deerhound got introduced to the United States in the late 1800s, and in 1886, the first specimen of the breed, called Bonnie Robin got registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club). The First World War had considerably negative effects on the breed when many of the large estates in England and in Scotland were broken up and often redistributed. So much, that the breed’s numbers declined and just a few selected owners could enjoy the breed once again.

Nowadays, the Scottish Deerhound is still remained an unknown breed, appreciated mostly in its homeland, Britain, because of its royal Scottish heritage. However, the dog’s high valuation is not a result of their rarity, so much as the fact that the breed possesses pre-eminent hunting capabilities. Moreover, for centuries the Deerhounds have always hunted in packs and with their owners and guards of Highland Chieftains, thus the breed has an insatiable desire for human companionship, which makes the dogs great family pets as well. Surprisingly, even though, though, the description of this breed is, for the most part, legendary, it is nonetheless a well-established fact that in size, type, and character, the Scottish Deerhound had stood still as time flew by, and remained authentic to its true characteristics.

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