Two brothers by the name of Archibald and Duncan McNeill saved the breed in the 1800s when they started a breeding program. Once again in Britain during World War II, like many breeds, the dogs fell very low in numbers. It was very difficult to feed the large dogs, and many people destroyed them for food.
Along with their great sight, the Scottish Deerhound also has a very fine sense of smell. Some of the Deerhound’s talents include: hunting, sighting, tracking, racing, agility and lure coursing.
In general, the Scottish Deerhound is a gentle, well-mannered dog. It is polite and affectionate. Loving, friendly and excellent with children. Very courageous and dignified, devoted and loyal, but it is not a watch or guard dog, for it just loves everyone. These dogs need a firm, consistent, confident pack leader who knows how to display calm, but stern authority over the dog or they will be willful at times and prone to follow their own desires. Ask them to do something and you can almost see their brain processing, 'hmmm ..., what's in it for me'. Although typically friendly with other dogs, they should not be trusted with non-canine pets. Scottish Deerhounds are quiet and rarely ever bark.