Large rough coated dogs of greyhound type have been known in Scotland for at least 500 years. Early in its history the breed was called the Scottish Wolfdog but as the wolf population began to disappear it was developed as a deer coursing breed.
(Source: The Kennel Club)
Links to Breed Descriptions:
The German Kennel Club (VDH)
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of Origin: Scotland
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care events.
2. Finland: FKC Database:https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=164
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Questionnaire study investigating congenital portosystemic shunts in Deerhounds
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA and health screening tests available for each breed - see: Breed-specific requirements and recommendations including health screening: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dog-breeding/the-kennel-club-assured-breeders/breed-specific-requirements-and-recommendations-including-health-screening/
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
SDCA Health & Genetics - News from the Scottish Deerhound Club of America
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Czech Republic: Scottish Deerhound Club of the Czech Republic
Finland: Scottish Deerhound Club of Finland
France: Breed Association of the Irish Wolfhound and the Scottish Deerhound of France
The Netherlands: Scottish Deerhound Club of the Netherlands
Norway: Scottish Deerhound Club
Sweden: The Swedish Deerhound Club
Switzerland: Deerhound-Club der Schweiz
UK: The Deerhound Club
USA: Scottish Deerhound Club of America