The Scottish Deerhound: A Complete Guide

Knowing everything that you can about a dog breed before deciding to purchase it is one of the wisest things you can do as a prospective owner. In this guide,

I’ll be covering the Scottish Deerhound in detail.

Though they are well known for their calm and gentle characters, the Scottish Deerhound was initially bred in Scotland for hunting deer, which is how it got its name.

This breed is an excellent choice of dog for those who are looking for something on the larger end of the scale.

Keep reading to find out more about the mannerisms of the Scottish Deerhound, and everything else that you would want to know about this majestic dog breed.

Scottish Deerhound Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Scottish Deerhound is more for physically active people.

Of course, the first thing you’ll want to take a look at when deciding on the right dog to bring into your home is how they act in the puppy phase.

In this part of my guide, I’ll be showing you the things that you should know before even deciding to get one of these dogs, like the price, where to find breeders, and more.

What Price are Scottish Deerhound Puppies?

As with most larger dog breeds, you can expect to pay a relatively large sum of money for one of these dogs, particularly if it comes with its papers all in order.

Of course, many different factors go into determining a dog’s price, so this estimate won’t be spot on for everywhere in the world.

While this breed originated in Scotland, it has grown reasonably popular in America, meaning that they are more affordable than many other foreign dog breeds.

You can expect to pay around 1000 to 1400 dollars for one of these dogs, though the upper limit is rarely reached unless the dog has outstanding qualities.

Where to Find Reputable Scottish Deerhound Breeders?

Of course, something else that you will have to concern yourself with is being sure that you have found the right breeder to purchase your Scottish Deerhound pups from.

If you are a dog lover, it is likely that you don’t want your money to go towards supporting puppy mills and other cruel breeding practices.

One of the best ways to ensure that you have the best breeder possible is to ask around in the local dog owner community and find out if there has ever been anything shady about your dealer.

I would also highly recommend visiting your breeder’s home so that you can get an idea of how they interact with their dogs.

3 Little-Known Facts About Scottish Deerhound Puppies

  1. The Scottish Deerhound is an ancient dog breed that has a history stretching back thousands of years. Ancient Scots used to use these dogs to help them hunt and maintain a source of food for their families. As you can imagine, this breed is highly respected in Scotland.
  2. Unlike many other dog breeds, there was no social stratification in who could own the Scottish Deerhound. Although many nobles kept this dog breed, it was still possible for farmers and other common folk to own a Scottish Deerhound without having to go bankrupt.
  3. The Scottish Deerhound nearly went extinct in the late 1800s, and it had to be reconstituted using the Irish Wolfhound, to which it is now even more closely related than before. The start of the 20th century was a tumultuous time for many dog breeds, and the same can be said for the Scottish Deerhound.

Physical Traits of the Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound was originally bred to hunt.

The Scottish Deerhound is a very recognizable dog breed that many people will be able to pick out in several movies and TV shows.

Let’s take a look at some of the physical traits that go into making this sighthound so noticeable.

First off, the size is the most significant indicator that you’re looking at a Scottish Deerhound.

Apart from how big these dogs are, you will also recognize them based on their coat, which is often grey or blue.

Long, wiry fur is typical for this dog breed, and it will need quite a bit of care to remain in good condition.

If you aren’t used to grooming your pet, the Scottish Deerhound may not be the best breed for you.

As with most sighthounds, you’ll find that the Scottish Deerhound is surprisingly slender for its size, making it lighter than most would assume at a glance.

Since these dogs are so slim, they are much more agile than you would imagine, taking full advantage of their long, athletic legs.

How Big is a Full-Grown Scottish Deerhound?

These elegant hounds dubbed the “Royal Dog of Scotland,” can grow to a height of 28 to 32 inches and weigh around 75 to 110 pounds.

What is the Scottish Deerhound’s Life Expectancy?

A Scottish Deerhound has a life expectancy ranging from 8 to 11 years, which is relatively short when compared to other dog breeds. This is to be expected from larger dogs, however.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound is an ancient dog breed.

As puppies, they are sensitive creatures but tend to be more active than they are as adults. Often, the adult Scottish Deerhounds are gentle and calm.

One trait that never changes about them though is that they always crave affection and are friendly with strangers and other dogs.

An interesting behavioral trait of the Scottish Deerhound is that they can at times be stubborn and disobedient, due to their independent way of thinking.

The Scottish Deerhound’s Diet

A growing Scottish Deerhound needs a healthy diet to help nourish its significant amount of energy. These dogs need lots of high-quality proteins and an average of.

A dog of this breed that weighs 95 pounds and requires a daily consumption of about 2122 calories.

This number changed when you take into consideration the dog’s activities, age, metabolism and whether or not it’s been spayed/neutered.

Puppy Deerhounds consume on average about 1671 calories a day.

When it comes to protein intake, it’s been recommended that growing puppies consume 22 percent protein and 18 percent for maintaining a healthy adult Deerhound.

Fat is also essential as an energy source for these guys, so a good 8 percent is considered for pups, with a 5 percent intake for an adult.

As mentioned earlier, it is important to not feed high energy and highly rich foods during a Deerhound’s growth spurt phase as it can be detrimental to its health.

Many people have been making the switch from commercial dog food to raw homemade recipes for its health benefits.

A homemade meal for a Scottish Deerhound would typically include protein sources like fish, chicken, and eggs, mixed in with some carrots, sweet potatoes, fruits & berries and multi-grains, including oatmeal, brown rice, and barley.

If you choose to go with the store-bought route, there is still plenty of options to ensure your Deerhound leads a healthy lifestyle.

Just be sure that their diets include essential vitamins and minerals, along with chondroitin, prebiotics and probiotics, omega fatty acids, glucosamine and antioxidants.

Following this will help to avoid some of the dietary problems a Deerhound is prone to develop, as mentioned below.

How Much Exercise Does the Scottish Deerhound Need?

Considering these hounds are among some of the fastest runners in the canine family, reaching up to 38 mph.

Originally bred to hunt, they have the stamina to get busy all day long.

So, they need a significant amount of physical activity and mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming lazy and content with merely lounging the day away.

Hard surfaces are preferred when relaxing but can cause calluses, so you’re going to want to keep them moving to prevent that.

Although relatively calm indoors an apartment isn’t the best environment for them. Deerhounds need legroom and space to move around. A house with a big yard is best.

Scottish Deerhound Health and Conditions

A huge health problem that a Scottish Deerhound often develops is bloat, a syndrome that has life-threatening effects on their digestive system.

Another big issue for them is a liver shunt, a congenital disease that causes seizures. Three out of four of these guys will die before the age of ten.

Other causes for this animal’s short life expectancy are hereditary heart diseases, bone cancer, blood-clotting, chronic allergies and a kidney disease found in the males.

The surgeries that the Deerhound requires to keep healthy can become quite costly and still result in them eventually developing more health issues.

My Final Thoughts on the Scottish Deerhound

In summary, these creatures make for great family members.

Especially if that family can provide these dogs with space they need to exhaust their energy.

When it comes to the elegant Scottish Deerhound, I would personally suggest it more for physically active people who will be able to keep up with these big and fast runners.

Another thing to consider is the expensive health bills that will follow later in the animal’s life.

A family planning to adopt these pups should be able to give him all they need to live a long, healthy and happy life.

 

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4
Cost to Buy
8.5
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
7
Friendliness
3
Health Concerns
5.5
Life Span
4
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 5.8 / 10

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