An outstanding hunter, the dignified Scottish Deerhound is a lofty, slender sighthound developed in the 16th and 17th centuries. He is gentle and loving with his human family, yet fearless and determined while hunting in the field. This agile, athletic breed needs frequent leash walks or exercise in a fenced area. The Scottish Deerhound’s harsh coat requires minimal brushing and occasional bathing.
Throughout history, the Scottish Deerhound has been referred to as the Irish Wolf Dog, Scotch Greyhound, Rough Greyhound, and Highland Deerhound. The breed was formerly known as the Royal Dog of Scotland, meaning only royalty were permitted to own a Scottish Deerhound. Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott were well-known Scottish Deerhound owners.