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Scottish Deerhound

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A Sweet Dog

Easygoing, Loves to Run, Sighthound

Scottish Deerhounds are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Scottish Deerhounds, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Scottish Deerhound and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Scottish Deerhound came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:30-32" Weight:75-110 lb Lifespan:7-9 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
2

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: As an adult, Scottish Deerhounds have a tendency to be lazy so you must ensure she receives adequate exercise by providing daily walks and ample room to play. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Scottish Deerhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Scottish Deerhound is a proud and gentle giant. Their favorite game is chase, but after a good run they settle down indoors. Because of their nature, they make a great family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

  • Good with children

  • Quiet—not much of a barker

  • Friendly with strangers

  • Eager to please and responsive to training

Negative Traits:

  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Takes up a lot of room due to her massive size

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Can be difficult to housetrain


Whether you are considering adding a new Scottish Deerhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Scottish Deerhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Scottish Deerhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Scottish Deerhound could encounter:

Bloat

Anesthesia

Heart Disease

Congestive Heart Failure

Atrial Fibrillation

Liver Problems

The Scottish Deerhound originated in Scotland in the 16th century. They were originally bred for hunting deer and ownership was limited to nobles or chieftains. The Deerhound is courageous and loyal but not known as great watchdogs because they tend not to bark – even when the doorbell rings. They love to lounge and need a comfortable spot to stretch out. Scottish Deerhounds run swiftly and can jump great heights and therefore need a safe place to exercise. Deerhounds thrive on affection from their family but are not overly demanding of attention.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Scottish Deerhound shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Lameness with or without swelling

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine


  • Care

    Routine Care: As an adult, Scottish Deerhounds have a tendency to be lazy so you must ensure she receives adequate exercise by providing daily walks and ample room to play. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Scottish Deerhounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Scottish Deerhound is a proud and gentle giant. Their favorite game is chase, but after a good run they settle down indoors. Because of their nature, they make a great family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Mild-mannered and easy to get along with

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    • Good with children

    • Quiet—not much of a barker

    • Friendly with strangers

    • Eager to please and responsive to training

    Negative Traits:

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Takes up a lot of room due to her massive size

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Can be difficult to housetrain


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Scottish Deerhound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Scottish Deerhound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Scottish Deerhound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Scottish Deerhound could encounter:

    Bloat

    Anesthesia

    Heart Disease

    Congestive Heart Failure

    Atrial Fibrillation

    Liver Problems

  • History

    The Scottish Deerhound originated in Scotland in the 16th century. They were originally bred for hunting deer and ownership was limited to nobles or chieftains. The Deerhound is courageous and loyal but not known as great watchdogs because they tend not to bark – even when the doorbell rings. They love to lounge and need a comfortable spot to stretch out. Scottish Deerhounds run swiftly and can jump great heights and therefore need a safe place to exercise. Deerhounds thrive on affection from their family but are not overly demanding of attention.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Scottish Deerhound shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Greasy poops, weight loss, dry flaking coat

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Lameness with or without swelling

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine


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