Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 8-10 years
Weight: Male: 39-50, Female: 35-43
Height: Male: 30-32, Female: 28-30
Origin of Name: The Scottish Deerhound, or simply the Deerhound, is a large breed of hound.
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The breed is so old, we cannot separate Deerhound's true origins from myth and legend. Evidence suggests that large deer hunts were in Scotland before the Scots themselves arrived there in the ninth century. As far as anyone knows, clan chieftains used packs of huge, shaggy Hunting Dogs to chase and bring down wild red deer: a fast 400-pounder with punishing horns. The breed's home ground - the rocky, rain-swept highlands - was remote, but the deerhound adventure became cosmic throughout Britain.