Dog Breed Profiles

Scottish Deerhound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Scotland as a family pet 
Life Expectancy
8 - 11 Years 
Color
Dark blue gray and lighter grays; brindles and yellow; sandy red or red fawn with black points. 
Coat
Shaggy but not over coated. 
Exercise Needs
He needs a tremendous amount of exercise which should consist of free time off leash as he loves to run. 
Temperament
The Deerhound is gentle, active. loyal and tranquil. He is a mellow, low-key and easy going breed who loves outdoors and will ch 
Good with Children
Good with children, when socialized. May chase cats and other small pets because of his strong hunting instincts. 
Grooming Needs
Regular grooming of his coat should consist of brushing, plucking excess hair from the ears and trimming the pads of his feet. P 
Average Size - Male (in)
30 - 32 
Average Size - Female (in)
>28 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
85 - 110 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
75 - 95 
Health Issues
Gastric torsion (bloat) and bursa.v
Living Conditions
It is recommended that he have a home with a high fenced yard as he can easily jump a six-foot fence. 

Breed Description

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 his master. May have arrived in Scotland over 3000 years ago with the Phoenician traders. The Scottish Deerhound is featured in the writings of novelist, Sir Walter Scott who had a female Scottish Deerhound named "Maida". He became a favorite among the Scottish Highlanders who used him to hunt wild deer in the glens.

Breed Infobits

The Scottish Deerhound is a very large and confident dog.

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