Scottish Deerhound

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 4in - 2ft 8in
Weight: 75-110lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount1/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Scottish Deerhound Information

Scottish DeerhoundThe Scottish Deerhound is a stately dog. He has the sleek build of a Greyhound, only larger in size, but with a thick, shaggy coat that comes in several colors although the blue-gray color is preferred. His history dates back to antiquity. Experts believe he may have descended from the ancient Irish Wolfdog.

As a pet, the Scottish Deerhound is a calm, polite breed who prefers to hang out at home. His docile nature makes him a great companion but not the best watchdog. Once you see this dog snuggle up on the couch next to you – which he will! – it won’t matter; he’s perfect just the way he is. You will love his perceptive, sweet personality.

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Breed FAQs

Can Scottish Deerhounds be apartment dogs?

The Scottish Deerhounds does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Scottish Deerhounds be left alone?

While Scottish Deerhounds prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Scottish Deerhounds good with kids?

Scottish Deerhounds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Scottish Deerhounds friendly with strangers?

Typically, Scottish Deerhounds are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Scottish Deerhounds get along with other dogs?

Typically, Scottish Deerhounds get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Scottish Deerhounds bark a lot?

Scottish Deerhounds don't bark very often of may never bark. Most barking is trained or in extreme situations.

Do Scottish Deerhounds shed a lot?

Scottish Deerhounds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Scottish Deerhounds need a lot of grooming?

With a Scottish Deerhound you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Scottish Deerhounds need a lot of exercise?

A Scottish Deerhound will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Scottish Deerhounds easy to train?

Most Scottish Deerhounds are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Scottish Deerhounds handle cold weather?

Scottish Deerhounds do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Scottish Deerhounds handle hot weather?

Scottish Deerhounds do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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