Deerhound

Description:
The Scottish deerhound has a similar look to a big Greyhound. A male's height is around seventy-six centimeters and weighs between forty two to fifty five kilograms; the female's height is around seventy-one centimeters and weighs between thirty six to forty seven kilograms. Although it is a big dog it should not look coarse but rather symmetrical and be able to move around lightly and easily. The head of this dog is long, tall and well balanced. The body is long and it has a long chest and an ample thorax. The line of its hindquarters should incline to its tail. The front legs are strong and straight and the elbows should not be inwards or outwards. Look to see that the legs look long and muscular and that the hind ones are well angled. Its stomach should be inward. The coat of this dog is coarse and bristly but should not have an excessive amount of hair. The coat of the body, neck and forearms should be very coarse and the hair should be approximately seven to ten centimeters in length. The hair on the head, chest and stomach should be a lot softer. The feet should be closed and compact and the digits should be well bent. The ears are highly inserted on the head; its eyes should be dark and full. The tail should be long and slightly curved. The preferred color of this dog is bluish grey, however there are also light grey, tabby, sandy red, yellowish and tawny ones with black legs.

Ideal owner:
Although this dog has a very rustic coat, it has a very dignified character and personality. The deerhound is very intuitive and responds to even the most minimal correction. It is very tall and it seems to be aware of its height – it gets along really well with children. Exercise is vital since it is very athletic and likes running. It enjoys family life.

Growth:
The litter of these dogs is usually pretty big, both in size and amount. It's normal for a litter of eight puppies to weigh around half a kilo each. Puppies are usually born black with white spots on the chest and paws. The coat becomes lighter and turns grayish with age. Cutting the spurs is optional. The growth rhythm varies depending on each dog. Often it grows very sporadically and this could be due to genetic or environmental factors. Usually the deerhound grows a lot during the first year of life and it is necessary to feed it an adequate and healthy diet that your veterinarian can inform you on. Obesity is rarely a problem but feeding it an excess amount of food can bring about growth problems. It reaches its full height at eighteen months but it will take around three years for it to mature completely. Sexual maturity is normal around a year of age. Make sure to protect your deerhound when it is an adolescent from becoming too energetic especially during the time its growth is irregular so that its balance and coordination does not become affected.

General health:
The deerhound generally lives a long and healthy life. The most important aspect of its health is to observe and take good care of it while it is in its growing stage, since there is certain risk of bone growth complications. It is very important to know how to feed this dog and to insure it gets plenty of exercise. Your veterinarian can help you with this aspect. The amount of exercise this dog requires is a lot and will continue to be so during its whole life, although it will become a little less active when it is older. Since the deerhound is such an active dog, the owner will need to keep an eye so that it does not have stomach problems; most breeders and veterinarians recommend feeding it smaller amounts of food rather than bigger portions to avoid this and to limit the amount of physical activity it has before and after it has eaten. This dog does not require a lot of grooming but it will be necessary to brush its coat once a week for about an hour and to cut its hair a little. Fortunately, hip dysphasia is not common in this breed, but it must still get checked and looked into. An older deerhound might suffer from heart problems. Kidney stones could occur as well. The life span of the deerhound is around ten and thirteen years.

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