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Scottish Deerhound

Origin: Great Britain

AKC Group: Hound

Height: Males: at least 30 inches; Females: 28 inches (Male)

Weight: Males: 85 - 110 pounds; Females: 75-95 pounds (Male)

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Scottish Deerhounds are quiet, gentle and easy-going. They like running and are most at home in the country. Scottish Deerhounds usually get along fine with other dogs, but they're sometimes aggressive with cats and rabbits. They're stubborn dogs that are hard to housebreak.

Scottish Deerhounds are part of the hound group. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. In general, most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.

Most hounds need rigorous physical exercise, so daily walks and runs are a must. Never let a hound off a leash unless it's in an enclosed area, because it will take off if it picks up a scent. Hounds are barkers and howlers, and they're sometimes hard to housebreak.

Origin: 
Great Britain
Male height: 
Males: at least 30 inches; Females: 28 inches
Male weight: 
Males: 85 - 110 pounds; Females: 75-95 pounds
Coat: 
Three to four inches long with bushy eyebrows and beard. Brush two times a week.
Colors: 
Dark blue, gray, light gray, sandy fawn or brindle. Ears and muzzle are black. Eyes are brown or hazel. Nose is black or blue.
Special considerations: 
Scottish Deerhounds have a short life span. They live only about 10 years.
Disclaimer: 
Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.