These native Scottish dogs have been in existence for many years. They were initially bred to hunt wolves however smaller variations of this breed were developed and used to hunt deer. They are also known as the Highland Greyhound, Irish wolf, Scottish wolf dog, Rough greyhound and Highland Deerhound. Each of its names brings out a function that they performed or the type of environment they lived in. Their numbers diminished due to strict ownership rules in their country. This brought them close to extinction as they only belonged to a certain class of people in the society. Efforts were made to revive their numbers in the 1800s through a breeding program
The Scottish Deerhound is slim and has a distinct rough coat. It stands at a height of 28 – 32 inches and weighs 75 – 120 pounds. It has a long flat head with an equally long muzzle with a black tipped nose. Its eyebrows are almost on the top level of its head, and it has dark eyes. Its ears are set towards the back of its head on the side, and they lean backward. It has a very narrow muzzle and its teeth meet with a level bite. Its neck is fairly long, and its back is curved. Its tail forms and outward curve and is normally tucked between its legs.
It is a humble, affectionate dog. It is good mannered and will even accommodate strangers. It rarely barks preferring to keep its cool at most times. It is not an ideal watchdog but a great companion dog. They are mostly inactive when indoors but are great athletic dogs. They have speed, and stamina hence will require regular exercising of both jogging and running. Due to their well-behaved nature, they are easy to train and will pick up commands quickly.
They will require regular exercise to burn off excess energy as these are naturally athletic dogs. Patience is required during training, and harsh treatment should never be implemented on these dogs. They should always be in a fenced compound and when in public areas they should be leashed as they have a strong desire to chase.
The Scottish Deerhound is a generally healthy breed and will suffer from what is common to other breeds. Some of these diseases include: gastric torsion, heart conditions and allergies. They have a general lifespan of let than ten years
Scottish Deerhounds should be fed on a high-quality nutritious meal. The amount of food given is dependent on the age, size and metabolic rate of the dog. They should be fed twice of thrice a day instead of a single large meal as this could lead to bloating.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The Scottish Deerhound has a wiry, long coat. It comes in a variation of colors such as dark blue-grey, light tan and a variation of reddish colors. It sheds its coat consistently hence will require weekly brushing twice or thrice a week. Brush its teeth and trim its nails as required.
With family and other pets
Being a calm dog, they bond well with family and children. They may not make the best playmate for toddlers as they prefer contact games. They are generally accommodative to other pets.