A large rough coated Scottish sight hound, the Deerhound is a similar shape to the greyhound but is bigger and heavier. Built for power and speed the only thing he does slowly is mature. Dignified and gentle by nature they must let off steam by running. The method of running differs from the greyhound as he keeps his head high, because from this attitude it is easier to pull larger game down. The shaggy coat is easy to clean, 8cms (3") to 10cms (4") long.
Colours are dark blue grey, darker or lighter greys or brindles and yellows, sandy red or red fawn with black points. Small white points on chest, toes and tail are allowed.
Some pictures are copywrite of Iain Thomson go look at his other breeds!
|Club Name||Contact||Phone number||Homepage|
|Deerhound Club||Mrs Sue Piggott||?||?||yes|
|Size||Active||Temperament||Kennel||Training||Grooming||Problems||D 76cms =30" |
|?||Miss Barret||01422 844567||Hebden Bridge||yes||no|
|FLAUNDEN||Mrs Jean Blandford||01546 510327||Kilmartin||no||no|
|BRYLACH||Charlie & Moira Spence||0044(0)1340 810274||Aberlour||no||no|
|TARTRAVEN||Mrs H Robertson||0044(0)1899 220791||Lanarkshire||NO||NO|
|Mick & Glenis Peach||0044(0)1773 820279||England||yes||yes|
|The Scottish Deerhound||Ruud de Jong||yes||yes|
|Caber Feidh||Christie Keith||?||USA||yes||yes|
Stonehenge on the Dog states that a "Mr Scrope, the talented auther of 'Deer-stalking', " gives a good discription of a deerhound belonging to 'Captain McNeill of Colonsay' "viz ; 28 inches ; girth round the chest, 32 inches; running weight, 85lbs ; colour, red or fawn, with black muzzle." Mr Scrope apairantly could not obtain more derhounds and had to resort to crosses of greyhound with foxhound. He said only first crosses should be used. "Maida" the celebrated deerhound belonging to Sir Walter Scott, was a second generation from a greyhound/bloodhound cross!
In Leightons book of 1905
he mentions " monks of the middle ages were fond of introducing drawings of hounds, many of them very beautiful, more particularly the stately Deerhound" and " King Arthur, who hunted with him (his deerhound) over the heaths of Tintagel or the woods of Caerleon"
Leighton says the deerhound is closely related to the Irish wolfhound but that the native dog of Scotland was recognised in very early times. He too mentions that the famous "Maida" of Scott's fame was a mongerel, he says by a Pyrenean wolf dog! This would seem to be true if you look at the picture by Landseer (below) Maida was the red and white animal. "Torrum" on the otherhand was a true Glengarry. Leighton also mentions Mr Scrope as an athority in the breed. He goes on to say the oldest strain is probably that of Chesthill, on Loch Tay, established by the Minzies over a hundred years ago. More lately this was transfered to Mr R Hood Wright who came into possession of the strain. Cameron of Lochiel also had a venerable strain, his Torrum being one in 1869. (was this the same dog as Scott's?)
In the History of Scotland (1528) there is mention of "-- the Lords Huntlie, Argyle and Athole bringing their deerhounds to a hunt with his majestie. --"
The following pictures are from Leightons book dated 1912, by Cassell & Co Ltd.
Some changes here, the deerhound is much heavier now
For pictures of the top dogs in Scotland by Michael Trafford
Last update Friday, November 12, 2004