breed is one of the few who have changed very little over the years.
Deerhounds were bred to hunt stag who were often 250 lbs or more and
accordingly they are large, fast, and strong. In appearance, they resemble
large, big boned Greyhounds with a rough coat. This harsh, wiry coat
protects them while when they run over steep mountain sides in rough,
stony terrain and often unfavourable weather such as snow and sleet. The
coat may be grey-blue, brindle, grey, yellow, sandy red, or red-fawn.
Grooming is minimal as the breed is preferred in its rough, natural state.
Because of its size, this not a breed that will fit into every household.
They require room inside the house and out. Scottish Deerhounds are
considered a giant breed, standing up to 32 inches tall at the shoulder
and weighing up to 110 lbs.
However, though they are large dogs, they are
quiet, dignified, keen and alert. They make excellent house dogs who are
good with children (watch the size!) and are happiest living together with
their families. For years, they hunted in pairs or singly with highland
Chieftains and are therefore strongly attached to their humans and not
happy alone or in kennels. In spite of their size, these dogs are not
watchdogs as their temperament is too loving and non-aggressive.
classified as sight
hounds, bred to chase and catch game by sight; any small animal that
runs may trigger this response.
Bear this in mind if there are other pets in the house - especially cats.
Basic obedience training and socialization are recommended so they are not shy
with strangers. Deerhounds are
sensitive and should never be physically punished. Harsh training methods
may produce a nervous and easily frightened dog.
Patience and consistency are the keys to training as these dogs are
persistent and can be stubborn. Deerhounds mature slowly, so the
destructive tendencies of puppyhood are there for a long time in a very
large dog. Boredom often leads to destructive behaviour. Attention and
regular exercise will help; as can the companionship of another