The Scottish Deerhound is bred to do exactly what its name suggests — hunt deer. That means you can expect this to be a large breed of dog. They look a little like Greyhounds, but are larger and heavier, and have even been known to outrun them at times! Impressive. They have rough coats which you’ll have to take careful care of, but the one advantage to their coats is that they don’t shed very much. If you have allergies, the Scottish Deerhound coat may not aggravate them too much (though of course, this is never guaranteed).
Although their job may seem intimidating as hunting deer is no small feat for a dog, they’re gentle. They love their people and tend to be very easy to train because they’re people-pleasers. They’re a joy to raise and will learn manners and tricks very quickly. They do, however, have moderate activity needs (though not as much as you might expect from a dog this size). Make sure you take this into account. If you don’t meet the activity needs of a dog, chances are, they’ll become destructive.
Scottish Deerhound – A Big Dog
These dogs tend to be very good with children. However, because of their sheer size, it’s very important that you supervise any and all interactions. This goes for interactions with other pets too. Although these are great dogs, they are hunters and that means they may have a prey instinct. Make sure you take this into account when introducing them to your family, as they may not be ideal to live with cats and other small animals.
Overall, these make great dogs! It’s important to take into account their needs and whether your home is suited for this gentle giant. If it is, you’ll have a great companion and lifelong friend.