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Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound

“When the Scottish Deerhound actually came to Scotland remains a mystery although early portrayals are found in stone carvings from AD 800. It has been theorized that Greyhounds were brought to Britain by Phoenician traders and that the rough, weather-resistant coat evolved as protection against the harsh climate. The breed was a favourite of Highland chieftains for centuries and was renown for its courage as a stag hunter. The introduction of more accurate firearms and the collapse of the clan system could have spelled the demise of the breed until nobility took up its cause. It gained in favour through the patronage of Queen Victoria, the paintings of Sir Edwin Landseer and the writings of Sir Walter Scott.


The Scottish Deerhound is quiet and dignified, keen and alert. Easily trained, the Deerhound is dependably loyal and devoted to its owner.

Activity Level

Though calm and aristocratic, the Deerhound is a coursing breed possessing strength and speed. Like most members of the Greyhound family, it needs lots of outdoor exercise and a safe place to stretch its long limbs.


The Royal Dog of Scotland ranges from 28-32 in (71-81 cm) in height and weighs 75-110 lb (34-49.5 kg).


The coat is harsh and wiry and may be three to four inches in length. The coat on the head, breast and belly is somewhat softer.

Should be broadest at the ears, narrowing slightly to the eyes, with the muzzle tapering more decidedly to the nose. The head should be long,the skull flat rather than round with a very slight rise over the eyes but nothing approaching a stop. The hair on the skull should be moderately long and softer than the rest of the coat.


Dark blue-grey is the most preferred colour but lighter greys, brindles, yellow, sandy red or red fawn are also quite acceptable. White markings on the chest and toes are permitted.


The coat may require some hand-stripping to maintain the typical outline for show purposes.”


(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)