KC Pedigree, Giant

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

They were first called Scottish Wolfhounds, but once wolf were hunted to extinction in the UK, they pursued deer instead and the name followed suit. If you're likely to encounter deer or other fast-moving creatures on a walk, keep your Deerhound on a lead or you'll have your own 'Fenton' flashback.


Attractive to ...

Someone wanting an athletic Irish Wolfhound. Deerhounds are large, but like most sighthounds they can curl up surprisingly small. As long as they are exercised sufficiently, they don't need masses of room in the home.

Not the best for ...

Those who do not have access to a safe, enclosed area for free running. If in doubt, keep your dog on the lead for walks and join a lure-coursing club to exercise your hound in a controlled environment.


Scottish Deerhound

Cross between



United Kingdom


So big people will stop and take photos.

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Jacket and skinny trousers
Any feathering can get knotty. Some coats self-clean by depositing mud all over the kitchen floor.


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

9 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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