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Origin / History Since the Deerhound is a breed that originated in Scotland, it is still sometimes referred to as a Scottish Deerhound. Dogs of this breed are said to be descendants of Greyhounds. One theory states that these dogs served as companions to Phoenician traders who went to Britain approximately 3000 years ago. It is also said that their coat evolved into the shaggy one that it is now due to the fact that the dogs were brought to a place which had a colder climate than their homeland. Other than deer hunting, these dogs were also used for sighting, racing, lure coursing, and tracking.

The Deerhound has also been granted the title of 'Royal Dog of Scotland' because nobody below the rank of Earl was allowed to own one. However, due to gun hunting, clearing of forests, and the fall of the clan system, the number of these dogs declined greatly. It was through the efforts of Duncan McNeill in 1825 that these dogs were rescued from the brink of extinction.

Appearance These dogs look similar to Greyhounds, but they have bigger bones and are larger in size. They are slim and tall, with dark muzzles and dark ears. Their coats are 3 to 4 inches long and are saggy, harsh, and wiry, although the hairs on their underparts and heads happen to be softer. They have hazel or chestnut colored eyes, as well as dark noses. They sport long tails that are almost long enough to reach the ground.

Colours These dogs have coats that come in differing shades of gray, brindle, or fawn. Markings of white on their feet, tail, and chest are also acceptable.

Temperament Gentle and affectionate, these dogs won't make good watchdogs because they have a tendency to get along with everyone. Despite that, though, they will act against characters that they perceive as threats. These dogs are quiet, they don't usually bark at strangers who are on their territory. They are also friendly and can get along well with other dogs. However, since these dogs have natural hunting instincts, they must not be left alone with other household pets that are of the non-canine variety. Since these dogs tend to follow their own minds, they can be quite stubborn and it may take some time before they follow their owner's commands.

Height and Weight 71 - 81 cm in height and 36 - 54 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.

Common Health Problems One of the health problems of these dogs is that they are susceptible to bloating. Thus, it is advised that their owners feed them two or three small meals instead of just one meal a day. These dogs can also be afflicted with cardiomyopathy, osteosarcoma, and osteochondrysplasia. They may also show some sensitivity to anaesthetics.
Always make sure breeders hve tested for Liver Shunt, and factor VII Defiency.

Living Conditions Since they can be relatively inactive indoors, these dogs should be provided with at least a large yard where they can get exercise and do some activities.

Exercise Requirements These dogs need sufficient exercise in order for them to stay mentally and physically fit. Owners must make sure that they take their dogs out for long walks daily. These dogs should not be left alone, though, because their hunting instincts may lead them to kill some pets. These dogs will enjoy activities such as lure coursing, agility, tracking, and racing.

Training Requirements Owners must provide their dogs with basic obedience training while the dog is still young. Since these dogs are eager to please, training them won't be difficult just as long as the training is done using positive, motivational methods. Harsh training will only bode for negative consequences. Owners must make sure that they are patient, gentle, kind, but consistent when training these dogs. Proper socialization must also be done at a young age so that the dog will grow up to be well-adjusted.

Life Expectancy 10 - 13 years.

Grooming Coats of these dogs need to be brushed on a regular basis, and more attention should be given to grooming when they are shedding. Their coats may also need trimming and plucking once or twice in a year.

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