The Deerhound was once known as the Royal Dog of Scotland when there was a time when no person below the rank of Earl was permitted by law to own a Deerhound. In fact, the breed was held in such high esteem that a “leash of Deerhounds” was the only payment by which a noble lord condemned to death might purchase his reprieve! Revered for his courage and tenacity as a stag hunter, plus his devoted loyalty to the Highland chieftains and their kin, it was not until the introduction of improved firearms that their skills were no longer in great demand.
Temperament and Appearance
It is pleasing to note that the Deerhound of today retains to a remarkable degree the quality, character, and appearance of their ancestors. They are quiet, dignified, keen and alert, possessed of great persistence and indomitable courage when required, along with unswerving loyalty and an insatiable desire for human companionship. Despite their size, the Deerhound fits comfortably into any household, where they are a special favourite with children.
Grooming and care
Deerhound requires only moderate grooming, having an easily managed coat of a rough, wiry texture that does not readily harbour dirt.
Exercise and training
Deerhound enjoys as much exercise as you can give them. They like to jump and can clear the average garden fence. Deerhounds have almost no road sense and can run more than 60kph so a secured yard should be provided. They probably won’t bring back that stick you throw, or bark and growl when someone approaches your front door. Deerhounds are sweet and tractable but they are lazy dogs that are not likely to excel in obedience training.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Deerhound visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.