Country of Origin: The Scottish Deerhound has been in existence since before history was recorded. There are examples of hounds resembling the Scottish Deerhound dating back to the 1st century AD. The Scottish Deerhound is also commonly referred to as simply Deerhound. The Scottish Deerhound is a hunting breed that was utilized for hunting red deer through coursing and were kept primarily by nobility. Coursing deer is an old hunting technique that is rarely used today. This technique involved bringing the dog as close to the deer as possible and then releasing the dog to run down its prey. The Scottish Deerhound is a large boned and very fast breed, there were rarely sustained chases when coursing. The chase would typically be over within a few minutes. The Scottish Deerhound is very similar to the Greyhound as well as the Irish Wolfhound. The Scottish Deerhound was a primary contributor to the revival of the Irish Wolfhound in the 19th century. The Scottish Deerhound's hunting necessity became less and less prominent with the invention of the gun. Hunters required only a tracking dog to find the wounded animal and so the Scottish Deerhound was transitioned to a show breed kept only by breed enthusiasts.
Size: The Scottish Deerhound will typically reach heights of 28-32 inches and an average weight of 75-110 pounds.
Coat: The Scottish Deerhound's coat is quite rough and wiry, owing to its climate of origin. However, the coat is longer and rougher on the body, neck and face with softer hair on the head, belly and chest. The coat of the Scottish Deerhound can come in a variety of colors such as grey, brindle and black, sandy red, red fawn, blue grey and yellow. It is not uncommon for the Scottish Deerhound to exhibit black markings on the ears and muzzle as well has some white on the tail, feet and chest.
Character: The Scottish Deerhound is an extremely friendly and affectionate breed. They are very loving and will bond with the entire family. The Scottish Deerhound is known for being very calm and gentle and is always eager to please. The Scottish Deerhound, while a docile breed, can be prone to destructive behavior if not given the proper amount of exercise. However, as the Scottish Deerhound ages, they become more relaxed and willing to spend their days stretched out on the couch.
Temperament: The Scottish Deerhound is a wonderful family companion, as they are very loyal and loving. This breed, while devoted to their families, will not excel as a guard dog. The Scottish Deerhound is far too friendly and is more likely to lick the intruder to death. The Scottish Deerhound is known to be very comfortable around children, however, they should not be left unsupervised with small children. The Scottish Deerhound is a very large breed and could potentially harm a child without intention. This breed was intended to hunt and they did for many years, chasing down their prey. It was not uncommon for the Scottish Deerhound to hunt something as small as a rabbit or something as large as a deer. Due to this, the Scottish Deerhound is very prone to give chase when a small animal is involved. It is for this reason that homes with small non-canine pets are not recommended for the Scottish Deerhound.
Care: The Scottish Deerhound does require a great deal of grooming for their rough coat. It is necessary to trim the coat as well as strip it on a regular basis. However, a great amount of skill is not necessary to learn how to care for the coat. The Scottish Deerhound sheds on an average basis.
Training: The Scottish Deerhound is eager to please and typically easy to train. The Scottish Deerhound requires a firm and consistent pack leader that is able to exert their authority, otherwise, it is not uncommon for the dog to become stubborn and unwilling to listen.
Activity: The Scottish Deerhound requires a great deal of exercise, and will do best in living conditions that provide it with a large yard to run and play in. They will require a daily walk regardless of whether or not they have a yard, but if your Scottish Deerhound lives in an apartment, long daily walks or even jogs will be necessary. It is the Scottish Deerhound's instinct to chase, and so it is imperative that the dog is not left off the leash in an unsecured area.
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