Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 30-32 in (76-80cm) Bitch: at least 28 in (71cm)
Weight: Dog: 85-110 lb (38-48.5kg) Bitch: 75-95 lb (33.5-42.5kg)
Coat: Shaggy but not overcoated
Color: Dark blue gray and lighter grays; brindles and yellows; sandy red or red fawn with black points

One of the most ancient British breeds, the Deerhound may have arrived in Scotland with Phoenician traders about 3,000 years ago, and thereafter developed its thick, weather-resistant coat to combat the colder climate. The breed became a favorite of chieftains in the Scottish Highlands, hunting with them by day and gracing their baronial halls by night. Today, the Deerhound is used for coursing and draws good entries at dog shows. Although gentle in the home, the breed needs careful training around livestock, for it can kill when its hunting instincts are roused. With its shaggy coat, it is no hardship for this breed to be kenneled outdoors-in fact, it does not like intense heat. It needs lots of exercise but the minimum of grooming just the removal of stray hairs for showing.
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