AKC PuppyFinder: Scottish Deerhound Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Dignified, gentle, polite; quietly intelligent and perceptive
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; A nuzzler and napper indoors; a world-class galloper on the straightway
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28 inches & up (female)
  • Weight: 85-110 pounds (male), 75-95 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 8-11 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This extremely large dog was born to run, with the hound's instinct to give chase. But at home the Scottish Deerhound is a couch potato, gentle and sweet, who likes nothing better than a snooze. The Scottish Deerhound puppy needs daily physical and mental exercise. He loves his family, but his rough play may intimidate small children. The combination of free spirit and loving housemate is perfect for owners who give him freedom to run and perhaps have an extra couch he can call his own.

History & Job
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Origin: Scotland

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: The breed is so old, we can’t separate the Deerhound’s true origin from myth and legend. Evidence suggests that large deerstalking hounds were in Scotland before the Scots themselves got there in the ninth century. As far back as anyone knows, clan chieftans used packs of huge, shaggy hounds to pursue and bring down the wild red deer: swift 400-pounders with punishing antlers. The breed’s home turf—the rocky, rain-swept Highlands—was remote, but Deerhound courage became proverbial in all of Britain.

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Scottish Deerhounds are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease and FACTOR VII Deficiency. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Scottish Deerhounds are healthy dogs. While nutrition and exercise are key to raising a puppy into a fit, well muscled adult, the secret to a healthy long-lived Deerhound (in addition to good genes) is being happy and well exercised. This is not a breed that handles stress well. Nor is it a breed that will thrive with just a daily leash walk around the city block. Fitness should be maintained throughout old age. If you have your Deerhound neutered, keep in mind that Deerhounds, like all the large breeds, should never be neutered under the age of a year, preferably after the dog is mature (at least two years of age). Deerhounds can be dangerously sensitive to anesthesia and certain drugs as well.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Factor VII DNA Test
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Bile Acid Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Scottish Deerhound Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.deerhound.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Hound
  • 2016 Popularity: 154
  • Breed Referral Contact: Bette Stencil - 810-329-3841
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