Scottish Deerhound

Hound Group

Scottish Deerhound standing in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

28-32 in

Weight

Females 75-95 lbs, Males 85-110 lbs

Life Expectancy

8-11 yrs

History

The Scottish Deerhound is such an ancient breed, that its origins are a bit of a mystery. They can be found depicted on ancient Roman pottery from the 1st century, where the large, shaggy hounds can be seen pursuing deer. They likely were found in Scotland before the Scots, used by clan chieftains for hunting the native red deer by "coursing", or running down the large animals. With the demise of the clan systems in Scotland, the dogs became popular amongst nobles but were sometimes kept by members of the lower class. Today, they are popular as both companion and show dogs.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Scottish Deerhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Gentile, docile, and quiet

Loving and friendly towards everyone, meaning they won't make good watchdogs

Not super eager to please, making them difficult to motivate during training

Laid-back couch potatoes at home as long as their daily exercise requirements are met

Sighthounds with an intense prey drive- will not hesitate to storm through underground electric fences and can reach a top speed of 35 miles per hour