Scottish Greyhound

Other names: Deerhound, Scottish Deerhound

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The Scottish Greyhound is a dog whose appearance is reminiscent of the Greyhound, but with a rough and shaggy coat, larger dimensions and more powerful build. Cut out for speed and endurance, the Scottish Greyhound nonetheless gives off an impression of softness. The gait of the Scottish Greyhound is characterized by frank, easy movements and long strides.



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Hair type Long
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 35 kg to 45 kg From 68 cm to 80 cm
Male From 35 kg to 45 kg From 71 cm to 80 cm
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History of the breed

According to some sources, the ancestors of the Scottish Greyhound are dogs brought to the north of the main British island (now Scotland) by Phoenician traders, but the exact origins of this breed remain somewhat unclear. The Scottish Greyhound was traditionally used for red deer hunting in Scotland and England . His physical and behavioral standards have changed very little, except that the Scottish Greyhound is hardly encountered today except as a companion or show dog .

The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on April 29, 1955. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 8, 2012.

Scottish Greyhound Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: shaggy, thick, tight and rough in texture, never woolly. Softer on the head, chest and stomach. Slightly fringed on the inside of the limbs.
Its color: dark blue gray, brindle and yellow, sable or red fawn with black mask and markings (on the ears, ends and tail).
His head: elongated and in harmony with the whole body. The skull is flatter than round, relatively wide between the ears. The stop is not marked at all. The nose is black, the nose slightly aquiline, the muzzle becoming more refined towards the nose, the lips joined together and the jaws strong and articulated in scissors.
His ears: relatively small, folded back, set high and covered with short, soft hair. Raised above the head when the dog is in action.
His eyes: dark in color (brown or hazelnut), displaying a soft expression at rest and piercing on alert.
His body: harmoniously built and strong bones. The neck is very strong, the nape prominent. The top line is never straight. The kidney is well arched and the line of the croup sloping to the attachment of the tail. The chest is taller than it is wide, but not excessively narrow.
Its tail: strong at its attachment, tapering towards its end. Long, almost reaching the ground. Drooping when the dog is at rest, bent but not raised when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Scottish Greyhound is as much a hunting and racing dog as it is a companion dog. With a gentle and friendly temperament, he is characterized by great docility coupled with remarkable calm . The Scottish Greyhound is very attached to his master and his family and gets along quite well with children. Even if he is attentive, he is not made for guarding.

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Obedient and always seeking to please his master, the Scottish Greyhound is not a particularly difficult dog to train , on the contrary. With a minimum of firmness, a lot of gentleness and rewards , he quickly learns the rules to follow at home, as well as the behaviors to adopt at work.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The ideal living environment for a   Scottish Greyhound   is a house with a large fenced garden . It adapts easily to the city if it is given enough exercise and freedom of movement.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Scottish Greyhound   is a rustic and resistant dog. However, certain predispositions to diseases are associated with this breed: cardiovascular abnormalities (dilated cardiomyopathy, systemic port shunt), stomach upturn and dilation, osteosarcoma (bone tumor), torsion of the lung or spleen.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Sensitivity to anesthesia
Gastric torsion
Minor concerns
Dilated cardiomyopathy
Portosystemic shunt
Torsion of the spleen
Torsion of the lung
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Scottish Greyhound is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Scottish Greyhound does not moult and its hair loss is moderate. It does not require extensive maintenance , but it must be provided regularly to ensure the good health of the dog.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week with a soft bristle brush, ideally boar. One or two baths per year are also recommended. The inside of his ears and pads should be inspected after each ride.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Scottish Greyhound is between 1000 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Scottish Greyhound is between € 450 and € 650.

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The Scottish Greyhound needs a high quality diet , divided into 2 meals per day . It should be appropriate for their level of exercise, size and age. To avoid any risk of bloating, any intense physical activity should be avoided just before and after each meal.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Scottish Greyhound needs daily activity and exercise , with long outings of at least an hour to burn off. Made for running , he must be able to enjoy off-leash walks where permitted.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 10: Greyhounds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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