The Deerhound, the Royal Dog of Scotland, was bred in the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Bred to run down, catch and kill the red deer, it is built for speed and stamina. Revered for its courage and tenacity as a stag hunter, it was not until the introduction of improved firearms that its skills were no longer in great demand. Deerhounds have been in Australia since early colonial times and were a much-needed aid in supplying meat, by keeping down the kangaroo population. Later they were used for killing the dingo and fox that preyed upon the sheep flocks.


Deerhounds live from 7 to 10 years of age.


The Deerhound is loyal and dignified and adores children and is an ideal family pet. Though a big dog it patient and docile, but can be called upon to act against intruders if needed.


A Deerhound should live happily with other household pets. However, since they were bred to chase and catch game, the sight of a small animal running may trigger a response. Your Deerhound may share companionship with your indoor cat, but may change its attitude outdoors when a cat runs past. Most owners report their Deerhound and other pets get along fine, but it is best to use caution to prevent any "chasing mishaps".


The adult Deerhound enjoys as much exercise as you can give it. A puppy will exercise sufficiently by just playing with the family, or other dogs each day. Some Deerhounds can be extremely sensitive and need almost no disciplining, where others try your patience to the limit. The Deerhound requires only moderate grooming. If a Deerhound is an outdoor dog it needs to be provided with a draught-free kennel not too far from the house as Deerhounds like to be close to the family and will feel rejected if banished outside. Deerhounds like to jump and can easily clear the average garden fence or even higher. A secure yard must be provided as Deerhounds have almost no road sense and can run more than 60kph. Deerhounds are probably not going to bring back that stick you throw, most likely will not bark and growl when someone approaches your front door, and the roast you put on the kitchen counter to defrost is an open invitation for a Deerhound to snack. It's big, busy as a puppy and prone to long naps as an adult. Deerhounds are sweet, tractable, lazy dogs not excelling in obedience work. Please take note: If a Deerhound is not given companionship and direction as a youngster, it can develop into a headstrong, boisterous and unruly animal.


People who do not spend long hours away from home on a regular basis and are prepared to accommodate its need for exercise, quality food and good health care. This includes having a large fenced area in which the dog can exercise.


If you have decided that the Deerhound is the dog for you and you are willing to keep it well disciplined, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)