Thursday, December 11, 2008

Deerhound Scottish Deerhound

Resembles like rough-coated greyhounds, Scottish Deerhound, or simply the Deerhound, is a breed of hound (a sighthound), bred to hunt the Red Deer by coursing. Deerhounds, however, are larger in size and bigger in bone, tall and slim sighthound with a saggy 3-4 inch long coat, beard, mustache and mane. Gentle and extremely friendly, Scottish Deerhounds are famed for being docile and eager to please, with a bearing of gentle dignity. It is however a true sighthound which has been selected for generations to pursue game, consequently most Deerhounds will be eager to chase.

The Scottish Deerhound is believed by some to have existed back to a time before recorded history. Scottish Deerhound is very similar to the Greyhound and may have been closely related to the "Highland Greyhound". The Greyhound is a centuries-old inhabitant of the British Isles. The Scottish breed's development closely jockeys its English counterpart's. In Scotland, the Greyhound developed into quite a distinctive dog and became known as the Scottish Deerhound. The environment in which it worked, the Scottish Highland moors, likely contributed to the larger, rough-coated appearance of the breed. The Deerhound was developed to hunt red deer by “coursing”, and also initially in “deer-stalking” until the the end of the 19th century with the advent of the modern rifle and smaller deer-forests, when controllable, slower tracking dogs were preferred to fast and far running Deerhounds.

Scottish Deerhounds are not recommended as indoor pets, although mature Deerhounds can do well in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and should have at least a large yard, but do best with acreage so it will have room to run around. The Scottish Deerhound is prone to bloat. It is wise to feed them 2 or 3 small meals a day rather then one big one. Avoid vigorous exercise right after the dog has eaten a big meal. The average life expectancy of Scottish Deerhound is under 10 years.

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