Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Deerhound

Deerhound


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.10.2012.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Racing dog, hunting dog, companion.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 10Sighthounds
Section 2Rough-haired Sighthounds
Without working trial

KC
Hound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Deerhound, known at one time as the Scottish Deerhound, has mystery surrounding his origins, but there are grounds for thinking the Deerhound may have been introduced to Scotland by Phoenician traders. Certainly there were running hounds there when the Romans arrived. The breed has hunted the red deer for a thousand years, and although today more accustomed to the show ring, he has remained similar in type over the centuries.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Resembles a rough-coated greyhound of larger size and bone.
KC
Resembles a roughcoated greyhound of larger size and bone.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
The build suggests the unique combination of speed, power and endurance necessary to pull down a stag, but general bearing is one of gentle dignity.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
The build suggests the unique combination of speed, power and endurance necessary to pull down a stag, but general bearing is one of gentle dignity. Gentle and friendly. Obedient and easy to train because eager to please. Docile and good tempered, never suspicious, aggressive or nervous. Carries himself with quiet dignity.
KC
Gentle and friendly. Obedient and easy to train because eager to please. Docile and good-tempered, never suspicious, aggressive or nervous. Carries himself with quiet dignity.

HEAD

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FCI
Long.
KC
Broadest at ears, tapering slightly to eyes, muzzle tapering more decidedly to nose, lips level. Head long, skull flat rather than round, with very slight rise over eyes, with no stop. Skull coated with moderately long hair, softer than rest of coat. Nose slightly aquiline and black. In lighter coloured dogs black muzzle preferred. Good moustache of rather silky hair and some beard.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat rather than round, with very slight rise over eyes. Broadest at ears, tapering slightly to eyes. Skull coated with moderately long hair, softer than rest of coat.

Stop

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FCI
No stop.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Slightly aquiline and black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Tapering more decidedly to nose. In lighter coloured dogs black muzzle preferred.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Level. Good moustache of rather silky hair and some beard.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark. Generally dark brown or hazel. Light eyes undesirable. Moderately full with a soft look in repose, but keen, far-away look when dog is roused. Rims black.
KC
Dark. Generally dark brown or hazel. Light eyes undesirable. Moderately full with a soft look in repose, but keen, far away look when dog is roused. Rims black.

Ears

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FCI
Set on high and in repose folded back. In excitement raised above head without losing the fold and in some cases semi-erect. A big thick ear hanging flat to the head or a prick ear most undesirable. Ear soft, glossy and like a mouse’s coat to the touch; the smaller the better, no long coat or fringe. Ears black or dark coloured.
KC
Set on high and in repose folded back. In excitement raised above head without losing the fold and in some cases semi-erect. A big thick ear hanging flat to the head or a prick ear most undesirable. Ear soft, glossy and like a mouse’s coat to the touch; the smaller the better, no long coat or fringe. Ears black or dark coloured.

NECK

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FCI
Very strong with good reach sometimes disguised by mane. Nape of neck very prominent where head is set on, no throatiness.
KC
Very strong with good reach sometimes disguised by mane. Nape of neck very prominent where head is set on, no throatiness.

BODY

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FCI
Body and general formation that of a greyhound of larger size and bone.
KC
Body and general formation that of a greyhound of larger size and bone. Chest deep rather than broad, not too narrow and flat-sided. Loin well arched and drooping to tail. Flat topline undesirable.

Back

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FCI
Flat topline undesirable.

Loin

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FCI
Well arched and drooping to tail.

Croup

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FCI
Drooping, broad and powerful. Hipbones set wide apart.

Chest

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FCI
Deep rather than broad, not too narrow and flat-sided.

TAIL

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FCI
Long, thick at root, tapering and reaching almost to ground. When standing dropped perfectly straight down or curved. Curved when moving, never lifted above line of back. Well covered with hair; on upper side thick and wiry, on under side longer, and towards end a slight fringe is not objectionable. A curl or ring tail undesirable.
KC
Long, thick at root, tapering and reaching almost to ground. When standing dropped perfectly straight down or curved. Curved when moving, never lifted above line of back. Well covered with hair; on upper side thick and wiry, on under side longer, and towards end a slight fringe is not objectionable. A curl or ring tail undesirable.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight, broad and flat.
KC
Shoulders well laid, not too far apart. Loaded and straight shoulders undesirable. Forelegs straight, broad and flat, a good broad forearm and elbow being desirable.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid, not too far apart. Loaded and straight shoulders undesirable.

Elbow

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FCI
Good breadth desirable.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Good breadth desirable.

FEET

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KC
Compact and well knuckled. Nails strong.

Forefeet

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FCI
Compact and well knuckled. Nails strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
With great length from hip to hock. Bone broad and flat.
KC
Drooping, broad and powerful, hips set wide apart. Hindlegs well bent at stifle with great length from hip to hock. Bone broad and flat.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Easy, active and true, with a long stride.
KC
Easy, active and true, with a long stride.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Shaggy, but not over-coated. Woolly coat unacceptable. The correct coat is thick, close-lying, ragged; harsh or crisp to the touch. Hair on body, neck and quarters harsh and wiry about 8 cms to 10 cms long; that on head, breast and belly much softer. A slight hairy fringe on inside of fore- and hindlegs.
KC
Shaggy, but not overcoated. Woolly coat unacceptable. The correct coat is thick, close-lying, ragged; harsh or crisp to the touch. Hair on body, neck and quarters harsh and wiry about 8 cms (3 ins) to 10 cms (4 ins) long; that on head, breast and belly much softer. A slight hairy fringe on inside of fore- and hindlegs.

COLOUR

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FCI
Dark blue-grey, darker and lighter greys or brindles and yellows, sandy-red or red fawns with black points. A white chest, white toes and a slight white tip to stern are permissible but the less white the better, since it is a self-coloured dog. A white blaze on head or white collar unacceptable.
KC
Dark blue-grey, darker and lighter greys or brindles and yellows, sandy-red or red fawns with black points. A white chest, white toes and a slight white tip to stern are permissible but the less white the better, since it is a self-coloured dog. A white blaze on head or white collar unacceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height: dogs: minimum desirable height at withers 76 cms (30 ins); bitches: 71 cms (28 ins). Weight: dogs: about 45.5 kg (100 lbs); bitches: about 36.5 kgs (80 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI
Males minimum desirable height at the withers 76 cms. Females minimum desirable height at the withers 71 cms.

Weight

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FCI
Males minimum desirable weight about 45.5 kgs. Females minimum desirable weight about 36.5 kgs.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.