DEERHOUND DESCRIPTION

My goodness! Here are 80 cm of proud dog formerly used to catch deer in Scottish plains. Nowadays, although athletic and polite, this mythical beauty chases the home cat and a unicorn, than any wild prey. 
 
The Scottish Deerhound looks like a large and wirehaired Greyhound – it measures 76 cm in the male and 71 cm in the female; the male weighs between 42 and 55 kg, the female between 36 and 47 kg. It shouldn’t seem coarse due to an excessive size, but always symmetrical and good boned, able to move easily and lightly. The head is long, high carried, well balanced. The body itself is long, very deep chested, with a wide thorax. Well developed kidney and rump line sloped to the tail. Forelegs are strong and very straight. The elbows not tucked in or out. The leg should be long and muscular, with good hind angling, and the stomach well tucked in. The coat must be shaggy, but not overly abundant. The woolly hair is unacceptable. At the body, neck and forearms, the hair is rich and very hard “iron thread”, from 7 to 10 cm in length. At the head, chest and stomach the hair is much softer. In the US a mix of silky and hard hair is usually acceptable. Closed and compact feet with well bent fingers. The ears are high inserted, and the eyes dark and quite full, with a soft gaze at ease. The tail is long and slightly curved. In color, grayish blue is preferable over the rest, although there is also lighter gray, brindle and yellowish, reddish sand, fawn with black at the limbs. White is admitted at the chest, fingers and tail end, but the lesser the better, because the Deerhound is a unicolor dog.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                           
Gentle dignity in a rustic coat, the Scottish Deerhound of a reticent and very obedient gentleman. It is intuitive and responds to the slightest correction. It is very tall and always seems aware of its size, since it gets along with children. Naturally, exercise is essential for harmony and balance in this running athlete. It doesn’t stray and enjoys with its family.
 
DEVELOPMENT
Puppies have a lot of energy and need supervision and rest in their fast growth periods. It is not advisable to lock up a Deerhound.
 
Litters are usually large, in number as well as size. Eight 500g puppies is the rule. Puppies are born black, usually with white spots at the chest and fingers. The coat lightens and turns grayish with age. Dewclaw removal is optional. The growth rhythm varies according to the lines and even an individual. Many times growth is sporadic and can be influenced by environmental and genetic factors. Normally the Deerhound grows a lot during the first year, and a nutritious diet should be ensured. Although obesity is rarely a problem, excess nutrition can lead to growth problems. It reaches its maximum height at 18 months, although complete maturity needs about three years. Sexual maturity does not arrive until after the year. The adolescent Deerhound should be protected from its own energy, especially during ungraceful periods when it grows irregularly and its balance and coordination are affected.
 
HEALTH
Stomach torsion makes many victims amongst the Deerhounds. Breeders advise providing smaller, spaced meal portions and limit exercise.
The Deerhound usually lives a long and healthy life. The most critical thing is helping it out during the growth period, since there are certain complications in bone development. It is important to know your dog’s lines, and it is absolutely necessary to provide a diet prescribed by the breeder/veterinarian and provide enough exercise. Its exercise needs will always be high during its entire life, of course diminished when elderly. Due to that high activity level, along with the seep chest structure, the owner should watch for this stomach torsion risk, which collects many victims amongst the breed every year, for which regular precautions of smaller meals are recommended as well as limiting exercise before and after eating. It is recommended to be careful with anesthetics. Hair care is not excessive, although the owner should devote an hour per week to brush and trim some hair. Fortunately, hip dysplasia is rare in the breed, but even so it should be checked for. Older specimens can suffer from heart problems. Kidney stones also affect the breed. Longevity is placed between ten and thirteen years.