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Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound The Scottish Deerhound breed was developed in parallel with the English Greyhound for the same purposes. It competes in conformation and coursing. The Scottish Deerhound's Behavior Source: Wikipedia. Recommended for: pet, working dog The Scottish Deerhound dog breed is a breed that needs plenty of exercise to keep healthy. However, Scottish Deerhounds still fare well in urban homes such as apartments. Adult dogs spend much of their day sleeping. They're gentle and quiet when indoors and they make good companions for children. Their temperament reverses once outdoors. They become runners and will do so for the simple joy of it. Their caretakers must choose carefully where to let them run, for they will not hesitate to pursue any game that catches their interests. Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home. The Scottish Deerhound's Physical Characteristics Here are some of the characteristics of the Scottish Deerhound breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

  • Size: males 30 - 32 inches, females 28 inches upwards
  • Coat: harsh, wiry, thick, close-lying
  • Color: dark blue-gray, shades of grays or brindles, yellow, sandy red, red fawn
  • Eyes: dark brown, brown, hazel, moderately full
  • Ears: small, dark
  • Muzzle: tapers decidedly towards the nose, pointed
  • Nose: black, blue in blue fawns, aquiline
  • Tail: long, tapering, well-haired

The Scottish Deerhound's Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Scotland Original purpose: sighthound for hunting Name: named for what they are bred to hunt, deer; also known simply as Deerhound Historical notes: Deerhound dogs were bred to run down their game, mainly deer, into exhaustion. For this reason they were bred to have stamina and speed. They are closely related to the Irish Wolfhound, the Russian Wolfhound, and other sighthounds. They were originally meant for the nobility which had high esteem for these big and mainly silent hunters.



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