Scottish Deerhound Dog Breed Information Center

Scots are known for their love of animals. They have been breeding dogs since ancient times. One of the most famous dog breeds is the scotch brained terrier or scotch barking dog. These dogs were originally bred to hunt wild boar, but they’ve become popular with owners because they’re so lovable!

The Scottish Deerhound (or simply called “Deer”) is one of these rare breeds that’s been around for centuries. It was first described in 1667 by John Hunter, a botanist from Scotland. He named it after the species of deer which lived near his home at Lochinver.

The name “deer” comes from the Latin word “dolores”, meaning beautiful. The English changed the spelling to “Dalmatian”. Dalmatians are very popular among families due to their friendly nature and good temper. They make wonderful family pets, especially if they’re young and playful. However, Dalmatians don’t grow up too fast!

They tend to get bored easily and need lots of exercise. They can be lazy if they don’t get their daily dose of running and jumping.


The deerhound has a strong skeletal system and three layers of fur to keep it warm. This is why it’s important to give the dog lots of blankets (or pillows!) to sleep on during the day.

The deerhound has very long legs so that it can run faster than its prey. Its eyes are positioned on the sides of its head so that it can see prey that’s running away. Its ears are long and droopy so they can be more sensitive to the sound of small animals like rabbits.

Finally, this breed has a long tail that it can hold upright to alert other deerhounds of danger. The deerhound is mostly white (sometimes with black spots) so that it can sneak up on its prey more easily in the snow!


The deerhound is a gentle giant. It gets along well with children and just wants to play all day. It has lots of stamina to keep up with the little ones, too. This breed isn’t prone to barking excessively (unless it’s a habit that’s been encouraged). However, it tends to wander off if you don’t have a fence to keep it in your yard.

This breed is very patient with children who pull its ears or accidentally poke it in the eye. However, deerhounds don’t like being left alone for longer than they’re used to. If you have to work all day, this breed might not be suitable for you. It will become depressed and anxious if it’s left home alone for more than 6 hours.

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Health Problems

The deerhound is generally healthy and can live up to 10 years with good care. However, you should watch out for bone fractures if you play rough with this breed. Its legs are prone to injury if it jumps from high places or lands awkwardly. It can also suffer from joint problems as it ages. Feed it a diet that reduces the chance of this happening.

A lack of vitamin E can cause the skeletal system to weaken.

The deerhound is not a suitable pet if you live in a city center. It needs a lot of space to run and can’t cope with the noise and bustle of daily life. It’s too gentle to be a guard dog and is likely to get along with any strangers that it meets.


The deerhound was bred to run down prey on a daily basis. Without enough exercise, it’s prone to getting bored and anxious. You really need a large yard (or farm) to ensure that it can get the physical activity that it needs every day. You can also take it jogging, walking or running alongside you. If you don’t have the space to let it run, try taking it to a field once a week.

Deerhounds don’t like to swim, so it’s best to keep them away from lakes, rivers and the sea. They’re also not fans of rain and cold weather. Longer fur protects the dog’s skin from the cold, but when it gets wet, it loses this protection.


The deerhound is not a naturally obedient dog and can be stubborn. Using positive reinforcement (such as treats) works best when training this breed. Harsh methods will just cause the deerhound to become fearful and untrusting of you.

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Early socialization is important when training this breed. Try taking it to several different places when it’s a puppy, so that it gets used to all kinds of situations. This will help it as an adult. As long as it gets enough physical exercise, the deerhound is relatively easy to train.

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