Scottish DeerhoundThe Scottish Deerhound is also known as: Deerhound
|Group classification: Hound||Country of origin: Scotland||Date of origin: Middle Ages|
|Weight (M): 85 - 110 lb||Height (M): 30 - 32"||Life expectancy: 8 - 9 years|
|Weight (F): 75 - 95 lb||Height (F): 28 - 30"|
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General Description of the Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound embodies blazing speed in a sturdily constructed frame, making it an able deer courser. The dog’s skull is long and flat, and is widest between the ears. Ears are small and folded, and eyes are dark with an amiable expression. A silky moustache and beard adorn the muzzle. The neck and shoulders are powerful and well muscled, capable of holding a struggling stag without suffering injury. The chest is deep, the loin is arched, the hindquarters are wide and drooping, and the tail is long and tapering, with moderate curve. The Scottish Deerhound’s coat is about four inches long, harsh and wiry on the body, legs and neck; the hair on the head, chest and belly is softer. The coat forms a mane around the neck. Coloring can be almost anything, with shades of dark blue, gray and brindle being the most common and preferred.
Scottish Deerhound Temperament
The Scottish Deerhound is a docile and laid back dog, whose imposing appearance belies his sweet and gentle nature. Adult Deerhounds are pretty lethargic, and will spend most of the day lying about or sleeping if they are not made to go out and run. Once you get this dog outside, however, you will be amazed by its athletic double suspension gallop and its ability to chase down just about anything. Scottish Deerhounds get along well with other dogs, strangers, pets and children, but have an unignorable instinct to chase wild animals; be careful when hiking with a deerhound. The breed forms strong ties with its family, but may be stubborn and independent at times. The Scottish Deerhound is a sensitive breed that does not respond well to harsh criticism.
Caring for a Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound needs a moderate amount of exercise, and an owner that will stimulate him to do it. This dog has a definite proclivity toward laziness, and will often not remind you that it needs exercise the way other dogs will. Nevertheless, a walk, run or game every day is an absolute must. The Scottish Deerhound can live outside provided it has a soft place to stretch out and sleep, but indoor living is recommended. Keeping a deerhound in a house without a backyard is strongly discouraged. Brush your Deerhound’s wire coat twice a week. Touch up trimming and stripping may also be required from time to time. The most common health problems in Scottish Deerhounds are bloat (gastric torsion), osteosarcoma and cardiomyopathy. Allergies and cystinuria may also pose a problem.
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