Top 7 Interesting Facts About Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound may have existed before Scottish people themselves. Some version of the breed can be traced back to the third century.

Ancient Origins

Deerhounds were bred to hunt giant, wild red deer. Swift 400-pounders with punishing antlers were pursued and brought down by packs of these dogs.

Deer Hunters

The Deerhound is one of the largest dog breeds. A male Deerhound can stand 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 110 pounds. They are truly majestic.

Size Matters

Deerhounds love to run and need lots of exercise. A typical walk around the block won't suffice. They need to exercise freely on a daily basis.

Exercise Needs

Their love of the chase makes Deerhounds natural at lure coursing. They continue to excel in the sport, showcasing their speed and agility.

Lure Coursing

Despite their size, Deerhounds are gentle giants. They are adaptable, polite, easy-going, and return an owner’s affection and care. They do well with children under supervision.

Gentle Giants

Sir Walter Scott, a proud Deerhound owner, called the Deerhound the 'most perfect creature of heaven'. His Deerhound, Maida, was a cherished companion.

Literary Praise

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