Breed Organization Scottish Deerhound Club of America Website:
http://www.deerhound.org Native Country Scotland Other Names Deerhound, Royal Dog of Scotland Life Expectancy Approximately 8-10 Years Litter Size Average 7-9 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance The Scottish Deerhound resembles a rough-coated
Greyhound. It is however, larger in size and bone. It is one of the
tallest sighthounds, with a harsh 3-4 inch long coat and mane,
somewhat softer beard and moustache, and softer hair on breast and
belly. It has small, dark "rose" ears which are soft and folded back
against the head unless held semi-erect in excitement. The harsh,
wiry coat in modern dogs is only seen in self-colored various shades
of gray (blue-gray is preferred). Historically, Deerhounds also
could be seen with true brindle, yellow, and red fawn coats, or
Breed Description Head: Long. Skull fairly flat, covered
with hair of medium length and softer than on the rest of the body.
No stop. Muzzle tapering toward the nose. Tight-lipped. Strong jaws. Ears: Set on high, small, folded back at rest. Black or dark in
color. Eyes: Dark, either dark brown or hazel. Edge of eyelids black. Body: Like that of a Greyhound, but larger. Neck very strong,
without dewlap. Chest taller than it is wide. Well-arched loin.
Broad, powerful croup. Hair: Shaggy, thick, close-lying, uneven, rough or crisp. Hard,
wiry hair 7 to 10 cm long on the body, neck, and hindquarters. Much
softer on the head, chest, and abdomen. Light feathering on the
inner legs. Coat: Dark blue-grey; darker and lighter shades of grey;
brindle and yellow; sand or reddish-fawn with black extremities;
white chest and toes and a small white spot on the tip of the tail
are allowed. Size: Dog: at least 76 cm. (30 in).Bitch: at least 71 cm. (28
in). Weight: Dog: approx. 45.5 kg. (100.5 lb).Bitch: approx. 36.5
History he Deerhound has long existed in Scotland,
where he might have arrived with Phoenician merchants or Celtic
invaders. The breed quickly became a favorite of clan leaders. He
received his name because he was once used to hunt fallow deer. When
fallow deer became scarce, Deerhound breeding was nearly abandoned.
British breeders worked to preserve and improve the Deerhound, and
the first standard was written in 1892.
Behavior The Scottish Deerhound is gentle and extremely
friendly. The breed is famed for being docile and eager to please,
with a bearing of gentle dignity. It is however a true sighthound
which has been selected for generations to pursue game;
consequently, most Deerhounds will be eager to chase. The Deerhound
needs considerable exercise when young to develop properly and to
maintain its health and condition. That does not mean it needs a
large house to live in; however it should have regular access to
free exercise in a fenced or otherwise "safe" area. Deerhounds
should not be raised with access only to leash walking or a small
yard, this would be detrimental to their health and development.
City dwellers with conviction, however, can keep the dog both
healthy and happy, as long as they are willing to take their
Deerhounds to nearby parks for lengthy runs and rigorous fetching
sessions within these wider running courses. Young Deerhounds can
sometimes, depending on the individual, be quite destructive
especially when they are not given sufficient exercise; however, the
average adult Deerhound may want to spend most of the day stretched
out on the floor or a couch sleeping. They do require a stimulus,
preferably another Deerhound, and a large area to exercise properly
and frequently. They are gentle and docile indoors and are generally
good around company and children (however, due to their size, they
require supervision with young children).
Health The serious health issues in the breed include
cardiomyopathy; osteosarcoma; bloat; stomach or splenic torsion,
called Gastric dilatation volvulus; and cystinuria.
Advice He is not suited to apartment life. He prefers
to live outdoors, where he can get lots of exercise. He does not
tolerate heat well, and he requires regular brushing.