Thinking about purchasing an Scottish Deerhound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Scottish Deerhound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Scottish Deerhound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Scottish Deerhound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Scottish Deerhound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Scottish Deerhound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Scottish Deerhound Profile
The Scottish Deerhound has grace, dignity and beauty. As a companion the Deerhound is ideal, being tractable and easy to train and possessing the most dependable loyalty and utmost devotion to their masters. Scottish Deerhounds are a mellow, low-key and easy going breed who loves outdoors and will chase anything that moves. They are excellent hunters and were used for this purpose long ago in Scotland. Scottish Deerhounds must be trained around any other animals, including livestock and cats, in order to keep them from using their well-developed hunting skills. They are gentle in the home, however, and remain faithful and loyal pets. The Scottish Deerhound is a large dog, both heavy and tall. They have wiry rough hair on their bodies, but on the stomach and chest it is soft. They have a rather long neck, and their heads look rather small in comparison to the body. Deerhounds have long tails, almost reaching the ground. They have dark eyes and a dark nose, and come in colors of dark blue gray, lighter gray, brindle, yellow and fawn. Sometimes they have white on the feet, toes, chest or tail tip. Scottish Deerhounds are a royal breed of majestic looks and noble personality.
Other Names: Deerhound, Royal Dog of Scotland
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
28 30 inches; Males: 30 - 32 inches.
Colors: Dark blue
gray and lighter grays; brindles and yellow; sandy red or red fawn with black
points. They often have white on the toes, chest, and tail tip.
Deerhounds are gentle, active, loyal, and tranquil. They are intelligent, strong-willed,
but very attached to its owners. They are courageous and very good at hunting,
but charming and calm inside the home. This breed can have a lot of energetic,
but is not over-excited. They are faithful, quiet and dignified. Scottish Deerhounds
Care and Exercise: Regular
grooming of the Scottish Deerhound's coat should consist of brushing, plucking
excess hair from the ears and trimming the pads of their feet. Plucking of the
coat should be done twice a year. Deerhounds need a tremendous amount of exercise
which should consist of free time off leash as they love to run. They make a
great companion to run along side a bicycle.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - High.
Scottish Deerhound Health Issues: Allergies, sensitivity to anesthesia, cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma, bursa and gastric torsion (bloat). Bloat is a common health problem in dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs second to cancer.
Life Span: 8 - 11 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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