1. The Scottish Deerhound is one of the oldest breeds of dog, with a history dating back to at least the 16th century in Scotland.
  2. Despite their name, Scottish Deerhounds were originally used to hunt not just deer, but also boar and other game.
  3. Scottish Deerhounds are known for their speed and agility, with the ability to run up to 45 miles per hour!
  4. These gentle giants can weigh up to 110 pounds and stand as tall as 32 inches at the shoulder.
  5. Scottish Deerhounds have a wiry coat that requires minimal grooming, but they do shed seasonally.
  6. Despite their size, Scottish Deerhounds are known for their gentle and loving nature, making them great family pets.
  7. Due to their hunting instincts, they may have a tendency to chase smaller animals, so it’s important to supervise them around cats and other small pets.
  8. Scottish Deerhounds have a lifespan of around 8-10 years, which is unfortunately shorter than some other breeds.
  9. These dogs were once so prized that only nobility were allowed to own them in Scotland.
  10. One famous Scottish Deerhound was “Heather,” who accompanied President Lyndon B. Johnson to the White House during his presidency.
  11. Scottish Deerhounds have a unique loping gait, which allows them to cover long distances efficiently.
  12. Despite their hunting background, Scottish Deerhounds are known for being calm and patient, making them good therapy dogs.
  13. The Scottish Deerhound is the official dog breed of Scotland.
  14. In Scottish folklore, it is believed that fairies kept Scottish Deerhounds as hunting dogs.
  15. Scottish Deerhounds have a keen sense of smell and were once used to track wounded animals in addition to hunting.
  16. The breed almost became extinct in the 18th and 19th centuries, but was saved thanks to the efforts of dedicated breeders.
  17. Scottish Deerhounds are sensitive dogs and respond best to positive reinforcement training techniques.
  18. Due to their large size and need for exercise, Scottish Deerhounds are best suited for families with large yards or access to open spaces.
  19. The Scottish Deerhound has been featured in a number of works of art, including paintings by Sir Edwin Landseer and John Emms.
  20. While Scottish Deerhounds may look intimidating, they are generally quite friendly and affectionate with their families.