Scottish Deerhound
Dog Breeds

Scottish Deerhound

Characteristics of Scottish Deerhound

Country of originGreat Britain
The sizeLarge
Growth71–81 cm
Weight34–50 kg
Age8–10 years
FCI breed groupGreyhounds
Scottish Deerhound Characteristics

Brief information

  • Friendly, calm, quiet;
  • Requires long walks
  • Rarely bark, not suitable for the role of guards and defenders.


Deerhound is one of the largest representatives of the greyhound family. The breed was officially recognized in the 19th century, but its history is rooted in the distant past. The first mention of Scottish greyhounds dates back to the 16th century. At that time, aristocrats bred deer hunting dogs. Hence, by the way, the name: “dir” in English means “deer” ( deer ), and “hound” – “borzoi” ( hound ). However, some scientists believe that the ancestors of greyhounds met in this territory even in the first century BC. Thus, along with the Greyhound and the Irish Wolfhound , the Deerhound is one of the most ancient English breeds.

Deerhound is a born hunter and a classic representative of greyhounds. Quiet and almost invisible at home, at work, this is a ferocious and indomitable dog. Hardy, sensitive and fast dogs have a lightning-fast reaction. They always go to the last.

With regard to temperament, the Deerhound is a balanced and calm dog. He rarely barks, always friendly and affectionate. He even meets strangers with curiosity and interest – guards from representatives of this breed turn out to be too kind and patient and therefore not very good. But you should not worry: if the dog decides that the family is in danger, he will not think for a long time and will immediately rush to protect his loved ones.


Deerhound training is easy, he quickly learns new commands. But the owner’s patience will not hurt: the pet does not like long tedious activities. It is better to deal with him in a playful way, little by little, but often.

It’s amazing how affectionate and gentle Deerhounds are with children. Huge shaggy dogs treat the kids with love, carefully take care of them and look after them. Nevertheless, joint games should be supervised by adults: due to their size, the dog can inadvertently injure a child.

Like many large dogs, the Deerhound is calm about animals in the house. With relatives, he quickly finds a common language, and is indifferent to cats.

Scottish Deerhound Care

Deerhound is unpretentious in care. It is enough to comb the dog’s coat 2-3 times a week, and during the molting period this should be done daily. With special care, you need to take care of the hairs around the muzzle and on the ears. If the dog is a show dog, it is usually trimmed by a groomer.

It is important to keep your dog’s teeth healthy. They should be checked weekly. To keep your teeth in order, periodically give your pet special hard treats that have a cleaning effect.

Conditions of detention

Deerhound is not an apartment dog. A pet will feel comfortable only in a private house, subject to free walking in the yard. And even in this case, it is necessary to go to the forest or to the park with the dog so that it can properly run and stretch. Deerhound needs not just long, but many hours of exhausting walks.

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