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Scottish Deerhound

Family: sighthound, Southern (sighthound)
Area of origin: Scotland
Original function: coursing stag
Average size of male: Ht: 30-32, Wt: 85-110
Average size of female: Ht: >28, Wt: 75-95
Other names: deerhound

Scottish Deerhound Dog Temperament

The Scottish Deerhound is mellow, low-key and easygoing, a gracious and well-mannered addition to the home. Outdoors, he loves to run and chase anything that moves. Indoors, he needs plenty of room to stretch on a soft surface. The Deerhound is independent but willing to please; he is extremely sensitive. The Deerhound is amiable toward, but often reserved with, strangers. This breed is good with children, other dogs and usually other pets, although he may give chase to strange animals.

Scottish Deerhound Dog Care

The Deerhound needs a good amount of daily exercise, either a long walk or a romp in a safe area. He prefers to live inside with his family and needs human companionship. Regardless, he needs soft bedding to avoid callouses. The crisp coat needs combing one or two times weekly. Some scissoring is optional to neaten up straggling hair, plus minimal stripping around the face and ears.

Scottish Deerhound Dog Health

Major concerns: gastric torsion, osteosarcoma
Minor concerns: cardiomyopathy
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: cardiac
Life span: 8-11 years
Note: sensitive to anesthesia

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