Dog Breed profiles
Deerhound Breed Profile
Deerhound fact file
KC Group: Hound
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: No
Moulting level: Low
Jogging partner: Yes
A sight hound bred through crossing English hounds with shaggy Scottish dogs, the Deerhound, as the name suggests, was bred to hunt deer. It was bred to be large enough to take down a stag on its own.
Eager to learn and please, the Deerhound is an intelligent breed that responds well to positive commands and actions. The Breed Standard describes them as having a "general bearing of gentle dignity."
Ideally dogs should measure above 76cm at the withers and weigh around 45kg. Bitches should measure 71cm and weigh about 36.5kg.
Bloat is the most common health concern for the breed but is easily avoided if care is taken during feeding.
Deerhound Special Care
Feeding should be taken slowly to prevent bloat occurring.
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.