The Deerhound is a large, elegant-looking hound dog that weighs 75 to 110 pounds. It is known to be among the tallest sighthounds standing 71 to 76 centimetres at the withers. It has a large, long head that is broad especially at the ears. It has small ears that are dark, soft to touch and is folded back against the head. It has muzzles that taper toward the nose, nice level lips and strong haw with the perfect scissor bite. The Deerhound's eyes are dark, which can be hazel or dark brown in colour.
When it comes to the coat, Deerhounds sport a thick and long wiry coat that is harsh to the touch. Their coat is meant to protect them from the rough terrain in the Scotland Highlands. However, the texture and quality of their coat change depending on the climate of where they are raised. For instance, Deerhounds in America usually have a mix of silky and wiry coats. Coat colours range from dark blue-grey, dark grey, brindle, light grey, red, fawn, yellow, and sandy red.
Deerhounds shed throughout the year. Brushing with a wire slicker at least twice a week will suffice to remove dead hairs and maintain its natural oils. Baths are as needed to remove dust and the doggy odour. Other grooming requirement includes dental and nail care. Brush the Deerhound's teeth at least twice a week to prevent decay and gum disease. Nails must be trimmed to keep it in good condition. Deerhounds have floppy ears that are prone to infection, so make sure they are cleaned regularly.