Facts about Scottish Deerhounds Edit


The Scottish Deerhound, or simply the Deerhound, is a large breed of hound, once bred to hunt the Red Deer by coursing. The Scottish Deerhound's antecedents existed back to a time before recorded history. They would have been kept by the Scots and Picts, and used to help in providing part of their diet, mainly hoofed game. Archaeological evidence likely supports this in the form of Roman pottery from around 1st Century AD found in Argyll which depicts the deerhunt using large rough hounds. Other similar evidence can be found on standing stones from around the 7th century AD reflecting a hunt using hounds, such as the Hilton of Cadboll Stone. In outward appearance, the Scottish Deerhound is similar to the Greyhound, but larger and more heavily boned. However, Deerhounds have a number of characteristics that set them apart. While not as fast as a Greyhound on a smooth, firm surface, once the going gets rough or heavy they can outrun a Greyhound. The environment in which they worked, the cool, often wet, and hilly Scottish Highland glens, contributed to the larger, rough-coated appearance of the breed. The Deerhound is closely related to the Irish Wolfhound and was the main contributor to the recovery of that breed when it was re-created at the end of the 19th century.

Coat colors Edit

  • Brindle
  • Red Fawn
  • Yellow
  • Fawn
  • Blue
  • Grey

Temperament Edit

Dignified, Docile, Friendly, Gentle, Dignified, gentle, polite, Quietly intelligent and perceptive

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