Scottish Deerhound


"Sir Walter Scott referred to the Deerhound as "the most perfect creature of Heaven"...

"..earliest clues to breed origins can be found in stones sculpted by the Picts, the tribal folk who peopled much of Scotland through the Dark Ages until the arrival of the Scots from Ireland in the mid-ninth century...

"Always, the dogs were highly valued. During the Middle Ages, no one of rank lower than that of earl was allowed to possess a Deerhound...

"Deerhounds were prized by the Highland Chieftans and were "in full use in the days of King Robert Bruce"...

"A Deerhound should resemble a rough-coated Greyhound of larger size and bone... remember the essential Greyhound character of the breed... the Deerhound is not as heavy as the Wolfhound...

Accommodating the breed's great size and its need for exercise is clearly a major aspect of living with Deerhounds... a large, fenced-in area is really essential...

"The character of the Deerhound is fundamentally gentle, sensitive, and easygoing... The Deerhound's intelligence.. They're one of the few dogs that I find think AHEAD...

"The Deerhound's innate faith in the virtue of mankind makes him the most candid and least suspicious of dogs. His quiet dignity, his readiness to forgive an injury and to remember a kindness, his sudden fits of irresponsible gaiety, the wistful expression in his dark eyes, and his unfaltering friendship are among the gracious things of life" (Paddock, Arliss. "Dignity and Grace." AKC Gazette, Dec. 2003, 26-31).


Colby Glass, MLIS