The Deerhound is a large, harsh coated dog that comes from Scotland. Sadly it’s a rarely seen dog breed and is currently one of the breeds on the the vulnerable native breed list. The imposing Deerhound is a member of the hound group.

Deerhound Breed Group


Size of the Deerhound

Large. The Deerhound is a tall, lean and elegant dog, with males reaching a height of 76cms at the withers.

Colour Varieties of the Deerhound

The breed comes in a variety of colours and combinations which include:

  • Black & Grey
  • Blue Brindle
  • Blue Grey
  • Brindle
  • Dark Brindle
  • Dark Grey
  • Grey
  • Grey Brindle

Country of Origin


Time of original development

16th century

Size and weight of the Deerhound

Height bitch around 71cms

Height dog around 76cms

Weight (kilos) bitch around 35-43kgs

Weight (kilos) dog around 40-50kgs

Exercise requirements of the Deerhound

High. This is a big dog with big exercise requirements. The Deerhound needs at least 2 hours of good physical exercise every day. This is not a dog suited to city life or for living in apartments.

Deerhound temperament

The Deerhound is truly a gentle giant! It’s placid, affectionate and rarely aggressive. It is reputed to be good with children, but families with small children may find the breed too big. It is generally good with other dogs, but due to its hunting nature, care should be taken around cats and other smaller family pets. The Deerhound needs a vast amount of daily physical exercise, and can be destructive around the home if its needs are not met.

Is the Deerhound a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Deerhound requires an owner with a good understanding and experience of the breed. This dog also requires an physically active owner and a home with plenty of space. Remember, that bigger dogs cost more to feed, insure and routine parasite treatments and vets fees will also be higher than average.

Deerhound coat length


Grooming requirements of the Deerhound

Medium.The harsh wiry coat requires regular combing or brushing with a soft slicker brush to prevent the build up of matts and tangles.

Ears need to be checked after dog walks for signs of infection, foreign bodies, dirt and ticks.


No. The Deerhound sheds continually throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Deerhound

The breed is healthy and hardy, with very few health problems, but alway consult your breeder:

  • Bloat
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Osteosracoma

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Deerhound

A healthy dog should expect to enjoy a lifespan of between 6-10 years.

Approximate Deerhound pedigree puppy price

No current unformation is available on the price you could expect to pay for a Deerhound puppy as only 267 puppies were registered during the entire year of 2015. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally anywhere between 4-15 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Deerhound would need to be fed each day and the estimated weekly cost

A bitch weighing 40kgs requires around 436gms of complete dry food per day.

A dog weighing 45kgs requires around 472gms of complete dry food per day.

The cost of feeding a 40kgs bitch is around £10.75

The cost of feeding a 45kgs dog is around £11.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket on the high street. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the
hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment