The harsh, wiry coat requires minimal grooming.
While he possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, the Scottish Deerhound may try to chase any furry animals that run past him. For that reason, the breed should be exercised on leash or in a fenced area. Although he enjoys his family, his size may be intimidating to smaller children. The breed's crisp, somewhat wiry coat, however, is exceptionally easy-care, requiring only brushing and occasional bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Scottish Deerhound is a giant breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
This breed cannot be left crated in the house while the owner is at work all day, if it is to develop properly to adulthood, both physically and mentally. Both puppies and adults need to be able to exercise freely on a daily basis and do what Deerhounds were bred to do, run for the sheer joy of running. Destructive puppies are generally not getting enough exercise. Ideally your puppy has access to the outdoors with a playmate to gambol with at will. Forced exercise, such as running with a bike, should be avoided with immature hounds. Deerhound puppies are rough and play hard. If using dog parks, keep in mind this breed was developed to chase and this can be frightening to others using the park. Fitness should be maintained throughout your dog’s life. Older Deerhounds are hard to pry off your couch, but do require regular daily exercise regardless. It keeps them (and you) healthy. While he possesses a quiet and dignified personality in the home, the Scottish Deerhound may try to chase any furry animals that run past him. For that reason, the breed should be exercised on leash or in a fenced area. Although he enjoys his family, his size may be intimidating to smaller children.
Scottish Deerhound &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease and FACTOR VII Deficiency. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Scottish Deerhounds are healthy dogs. While nutrition and exercise are key to raising a puppy into a fit, well muscled adult, the secret to a healthy long-lived Deerhound (in addition to good genes) is being happy and well exercised. This is not a breed that handles stress well. Nor is it a breed that will thrive with just a daily leash walk around the city block. Fitness should be maintained throughout old age. If you have your Deerhound neutered, keep in mind that Deerhounds, like all the large breeds, should never be neutered under the age of a year, preferably after the dog is mature (at least two years of age)
Remember, even when maintained as “working” hounds coursing deer in the 1700 -1800’s, this breed was seldom kenneled and most lived in the “great house”. This home environment, loving companionship and daily exercise will keep your Deerhound happy and healthy. Deerhounds can be dangerously sensitive to anesthesia and certain drugs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Scottish Deerhound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.