Scottish Deerhounds are an Ancient Breed

Scottish Deerhounds are an Ancient Breed

The third giant dog breed we’ll explore is the Scottish Deerhound. Females tend to grow to at least 28 inches tall while males typically range between 30 and 32 inches. They have a life expectancy of 8 to 11 years and weight between 75 and 110 pounds. They’re kind of like a larger Greyhound.

According to the American Kennel Club, Deerhounds are so old that it’s nigh impossible to separate their actual origin from myths. The Scots got to Scotland in the ninth century and it is believed that these large hounds were already there. Of course, clan chieftains would use these dogs to hunt wild red deer which weigh about 400 pounds and are armed with antlers. It’s no wonder its nickname is the Royal Dog of Scotland.

Scottish Deerhounds are said to be friendly and loving to their owners. They are also supposed to be great with children making it an excellent choice for a family dog. Their harsh coat is easy to care for as well with brushing and combing only required every week or so. However, be warned that it’s best if these dogs can run around outside and not left in a crate while everyone is at work and school.

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