Dog Breed

Scottish Deerhound

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Full Name
Scottish Deerhound
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Life Span
8 - 10 years
Weight
70 - 130 pounds
Description

Docile, Friendly, Dignified, Gentle

Origin
Scotland
Bred For
Coursing deer
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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Scottish Deerhound good with children?

    Yes! The Scottish Deerhound is naturally friendly with children. As always, socialization is always important, but the Scottish Deerhound is an excellent dog for anyone with small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Scottish Deerhound friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Scottish Deerhound is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Scottish Deerhound is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Scottish Deerhound friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Scottish Deerhound is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Scottish Deerhound is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Scottish Deerhound like to cuddle?

    The Scottish Deerhound likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.
    Playfulness

    Does the Scottish Deerhound like to play?

    The Scottish Deerhound will almost always be ready for play! The Scottish Deerhound is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Scottish Deerhound make a good service dog?

    The Scottish Deerhound is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Scottish Deerhound good for first-time owners?

    The Scottish Deerhound would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Scottish Deerhound be trained?

    The Scottish Deerhound does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Scottish Deerhound is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Scottish Deerhound shed a lot?

    The Scottish Deerhound does shed, but less than average.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Scottish Deerhound easy to groom?

    The Scottish Deerhound requires some grooming, but less than the average dog breed. Typically you will not need to take the Scottish Deerhound to the pet salon, and occasional combing at home should be enough.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Scottish Deerhound need a lot of exercise?

    The Scottish Deerhound requires an average amount of exercise. You should be ready to dedicate a couple of short walks or a larger dog park session each day for your Scottish Deerhound to be happy and fulfilled.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Scottish Deerhound?

    The Scottish Deerhound has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Scottish Deerhound bark? Does the Scottish Deerhound bark too much?

    The Scottish Deerhound barks all the time. They are big talkers, and want to show it! In general, barking and being expressive can be beneficial, such as for guarding property or livestock. But it is important to consider whether heavy barking suites your lifestyle.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Scottish Deerhound a good guard dog?

    The Scottish Deerhound is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Scottish Deerhound is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Scottish Deerhound good at staying alone? Is the Scottish Deerhound independent?

    The Scottish Deerhound does not enjoy being left alone for extended periods. They can do well for a couple of hours alone, but may have anxiety for time beyond that.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Scottish Deerhound a good apartment dog?

    The Scottish Deerhound is not the best dog apartment living, but it can work if the owner is dedicated to exercising and training their Scottish Deerhound
    Size

    How big is the Scottish Deerhound?

    The Scottish Deerhound is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Scottish Deerhound tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Scottish Deerhound?

    The Scottish Deerhound can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Scottish Deerhound tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Scottish Deerhound?

    The Scottish Deerhound can tolerate some cold, but should not be over-exposed to cold weather. In general, they can live in cold weather climates, but may need clothing on particularly cold evenings or in snow.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Scottish Deerhound try to run away?

    The Scottish Deerhound has huge wanderlust, meaning that it's natural for them to want to run away. They are known as escape artists. It's important to test your yard and have a tall fence that cannot be jumped or climbed over. Sometimes the Scottish Deerhound is not well suited for being off-leash, even if they are well trained.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Scottish Deerhound a healthy dog? The health of a Scottish Deerhound should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Scottish Deerhound is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Scottish Deerhound?

    The Scottish Deerhound has a good amount of energy and it's important to give the Scottish Deerhound daily walks and ideally run time as well. A well-exercised dog is easier to train, and will be happier and have less likelihood for destructive habits.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Scottish Deerhound drool?

    The Scottish Deerhound drools a decent amount, especially if that irresistible food is nearby.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Scottish Deerhound have a large prey drive? Does the Scottish Deerhound like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Scottish Deerhound has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Scottish Deerhound may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.
    Athleticism

    Is the Scottish Deerhound atheltic?

    The Scottish Deerhound is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
  1. Hound
  2. Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Hound dog breed group.
Hound group: The hound has traditionally been used alongside hunters to track or chase prey. Unlike retrievers who are bred primarily to retrieve and bring back the prey, hounds were typically bred to have excellent vision, scent, or speed to pursue the prey. Because of the Hound's excellent vision, scent, and focus, they are a common police and secret services dog. Hounds are typically categorized into either "scent hounds" or "sight hounds". Both exercise and mental stimulation is important for hounds because of their history. They want to feel they have a "job" and want to go to bed feeling they have done their day's duty.

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