Deerhound, Scottish

Deerhound, Scottish

Photo courtesy of G. Bruce Ingram


Once known as the "Royal Dog of Scotland," there was a tie when no person below the rank of Earl was permitted by law to own a Scottish Deerhound. Based on old Scottish tales the breed was highly regarded for its courage and tenacity as a stag hunter and its loyalty to the Chieftain and his kin.

Earliest portrayals of the rough-coated hound are found in stone carvings dating from 800 B.C. Called variously "the Scotch Greyhound," "Highland Greyhound," and "the Highland Deerhound," these names probably provide the best clues to the breeds origin.

Temperament and Size:

Centuries of hunting as the companion and guard of Chieftains have given the deerhound the insatiable desire for human companionship. In character the deerhound is quiet and dignified, keen and alert, and although not aggressive, has great persistence and indomitable courage when necessary. Dogs stand 30 - 32 inches (76 - 81 cm). Bitches stand from 28 inches (71 cm) upwards. Dogs weigh from 85 - 110 lbs (39 - 50 kg) and bitches from 75 - 95 lbs (34 - 43 kg).

Further information on the Scottish Deerhound is available from the Canadian Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club.



Last Updated: October 14, 2014