The Scottish Deerhound is a mellow dog who loves her human family. They are quiet, not barkers. They prefer to have acreage to run on but a properly fenced in yard will work for exercise. They need to controlled when outdoors because they will take off and chase about anything. They may not be trustable with other pets. They like older kids if they have socialized with them at an early age. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size.

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Scottish Deerhound is 28 to 32 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 75 to 110 pounds.

Special Health Considerations.

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Scottish Deerhound is no exception. Be on the look out for bone cancer, cardiac diseases and bloat (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, the second leading killer of dogs, can kill within the hour, this space is too limited for a complete explanation but you should read up on this). Feeding more then once a day and avoiding exercise right after meals may help guard against bloat.

This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.


The Scottish Deerhound has a wiry, shaggy and harsh coat two to three inches long. This coat needs to be trimmed and stripped occasionally. A professional groomer can show you how to do this.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Life Span.

The Scottish Deerhound can live between 8 and 11 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.


The Scottish Deerhound comes from Great Britain where they were used for hunting wild deer. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1886.

  • Genteltle, Dignified, Polite
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 158 of 193
  • Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 85-110 pounds (male), 75-95 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 8-11 years
  • Hound Group

Scottish Deerhound Club of America

The Scottish Deerhound Club of America is engaged in many activities that support the aim of protecting and advancing the interests of the breed. Perhaps the simplest way to convey the spirit that drives our activities is to quote from the SDCA Constitution.

SECTION 2. The objects of the club shall be:

to encourage and promote only the selective breeding of pure-bred Scottish Deerhounds and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
to encourage and assist the organization of independent local Scottish Deerhound Specialty Clubs in those locations where there are sufficient fanciers to meet the requirements of the American Kennel Club;
to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Scottish Deerhounds shall be judged;
to do all in its power to protect and advance the interest of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, field trials, and obedience trials;to conduct sanctioned matches and specialty shows, field trials, and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club.