This stately sighthound is a star of track and field as well as more urbane pursuits. They are admired for their outstanding hunting ability, graceful demeanor, and distinguished appearance. They are also one of the tallest breeds, ranging from 28 to 32 inches at the withers. They are similar in build to a greyhound but possess a wiry coat that is particularly course and shaggy on the neck and body. The Scottish Deerhound has been known for centuries and became an distinct breed during the 16th and 17th centuries. Their aliases over time have included Scotch Greyhound, Rough Greyhound, and Highland Deerhound. Exclusive status as a dog of nobility almost led to its demise as no one below a ranking of earl was allowed ownership. Fortunately the breed was revived by breeders in the early 1800’s. They make fine family pets as long as the home and its occupants can accommodate the breed’s large size and chasing instincts. Their durable, wiry coat requires minimal brushing and bathing.