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Deerhound

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Deerhound

General
OtherNames Scottish Deerhound
Dog Group Kennel Club Hound
Breed Classification The Deerhound is a member of the hound group. They were originally bred for hunting deer; today they are companions.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
Diet should be monitored as this dog grows rapidly as a puppy. The breeder will be able to advise on the correct diet in the correct amounts. It is recommended that the adult dog is feed twice daily, rather than one large meal once a day. They also need an adequate diet as they have high activity levels.
Other Expenses
The average puppy price ranges from £650 to £800.
Average Puppy Price
£500-800
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
8
General Physical Description
These large sized, shaggy coated sighthounds have a very athletic appearance. They are often described as resembling a shaggy coated greyhound.
Height Min Max
Bitch 71cm 76cm
Dog 76cm 82cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 36.5kg 45.5kg
Dog 45.5kg 55kg
Size Category Large
Weight Height Range Dogs should measure over 76cms at the withers and ideally weigh about 45.5kgs. Bitches should ideally measure over 71cms at the withers and weigh about 36.5kgs.
Ailments In general the Deerhound is a relatively healthy dog with bloat being one of the main causes of death. It is important that as puppies they are fed the correct diet to ensure the bones and joints form properly thus preventing any future problems. Breeders are now screening their stock for liver shunt problems, so it is advisable to purchase a puppy from screened stock.
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Susceptibility To Illness
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History Shaggy haired hounds have been known to exist in Scotland since before the 16th century. It is thought that short-coated hounds were introduced to Britain before the Roman invasion. When these hunting dogs were used in the Scottish Highlands they were at a disadvantage because of their short coats. These hounds were then probably crossed with native hairy-coated dogs to get the Deerhound. They were used, in packs, by the Scottish Chieftans to hunt deer and had to be strong enough to pull a stag to the ground. When guns were introduced and the forests began to be cut down in the early 1700ís these dogs were no longer needed. Some were still kept but they did not become popular again until the 1830ís. They have not changed in appearance very much over the centuries and are still relatively few in number today.
Intelligence The Deerhound is an intelligent dog that will learn quickly what is wanted and expected of it. They are obedient and eager to please and will acknowledge gentle and calm commands.
Show Characteristics The Deerhound should have a long head, broad at the ears and tapering to the eyes, the muzzle tapers to the nose. The jaws should be strong and have a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be full and dark in colour with a soft look. The ears should be high set, small in size, folded back and semi erect. The neck should be very strong and quite long. The chest should be deep but not too narrow. The front legs should straight, broad and flat, the back legs should be broad, long and powerful. The feet should be firm and well knuckled. The tail should be long, slightly curved and be well covered with hair. It should almost reach the ground but should never be carried above the back. The coat should be shaggy but never woolly. The hair on the head, chest and stomach should be much softer than the hair on the body, neck and legs. The colours desired are self-colours in dark blue/grey, dark or light grey, brindle and yellow, sandy/red or red/fawn. Some white is allowed on the chest and toes, the less white the better.
Country Of Origin Scotland
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Characteristics
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Energy Medium
Overall Exercise 40 - 60 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Low
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Low
Ease of Transportation Low
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Medium
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament The Deerhound is a gentle, intelligent, friendly dog. They get on well with children but do not make particularly good guard dogs; they are not known to bark a lot. Most Deerhounds still have a very strong instinct to hunt so early introduction to other household pets, especially cats, is necessary.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Medium
Grooming Requirement > Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming They do need regular grooming at least once a week. The coat may need to be hand plucked once or twice a year depending on its condition.
Colour They came in a variety of colours, more commonly seen in self-colours such as dark blue/grey, dark or light grey, brindle and yellow, sandy/red or red/fawn, some may have limited white.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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