Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound, or simply the Deerhound, is a breed of hound (a sighthound), bred to hunt the Red Deer by coursing.


The Scottish Deerhound resembles a rough-coated Greyhound. It is however, larger in size and bone. It is one of the tallest sighthounds, with a harsh 3-4 inch long coat and mane, with somewhat softer beard and mustache, and softer hair on breast and belly. It has small, dark "rose" ears which are soft and folded back against the head unless held semi-erect in excitement. The harsh, wiry coat in modern dogs is only seen in self-coloured various shades of gray (blue-gray is preferred). Historically Deerhounds also could be seen with true brindle, yellow, and red fawn coats, or combinations. 19th century Scottish paintings tend to indicate these colours were associated with a wire haired coat, but, with show breeders prefering a longer coat, these genes now appear to be lost. A white chest and toes are allowed, and a slight white tip to the tail; a white blaze on the head or a white collar are not accepted. The head is long, skull flat, with little stop and a tapering muzzle. The eyes are dark, dark brown or hazel in colour. The teeth should form a level, complete scissor bite. The long straight or curved tail, well covered with hair, should almost reach the ground.


The Scottish Deerhound is gentle and extremely friendly. The breed is famed for being docile and eager to please, with a bearing of gentle dignity. It is however a true sighthound which has been selected for generations to pursue game; consequently, most Deerhounds will be eager to chase. The Deerhound needs considerable exercise when young to develop properly and to maintain its health and condition. That does not mean it needs a large house to live in, however it should have regular access to free exercise in a fenced or otherwise "safe" area. Deerhounds should not be raised with access only to leash walking or a small yard, this would be detrimental to their health and development."Deerhound character"

Young Deerhounds can sometimes, depending on the individual, be quite destructive especially when they are not given sufficient exercise; however, the average adult Deerhound may want to spend most of the day stretched out on the floor or a couch sleeping. They do require a stimulus, preferably another Deerhound, and a large area to exercise properly and frequently. They are gentle and docile indoors and are generally good around company and children (however they require supervision with young children due to their size).

Scottish Deerhound Dog Club Directory

- Information on the breed, finding a Deerhound, rescue, breed standards, history. Information on membership, chapters, The Claymore Magazine for the Scottish Deerhound Club of America, events. Email list, pictures.

- Australian breed history, information about dogs, news of litters and photographs. Australia.

- History, news of litters, information and images of champion deerhounds. England, United Kingdom

- Photographs, pedigrees, and news. Norway.
- Pictures and descriptions of show and coursing dogs, and puppies, along with current news of the dogs and family. Ponder, Texas.
- Information about and pictures of Breesfalt dogs. Scotland, UK.
- Information about dogs, breed information and photo gallery. Tasmania.
- Photographs, information on holistic care, news, and memorials. California.
- Features kennel history, information on puppies and dogs, and a gallery. Shropshire, England.
- Information on shows, breed standard, photograph album, and links. United Kingdom.
- History, development and present times of the breed with photographs and pedigrees. Sint Jansklooster, The Netherlands. [English and Dutch]
- Photographs of coursing and show dogs, pedigrees and show history. United States.
- Raising Deerhounds and Whippets. Features pedigrees, photos and show histories for the dogs, as well as a gallery and information about Factor VII deficiency. Wales.

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