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Deerhound

Deerhound

Scottish 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
UKC
Sighthound/Pariah

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.
UKC
Once known as the "Royal Dog of Scotland,” the Scottish Deerhound was permitted to be owned only by those people holding the rank of Earl or above. The breed was highly regarded for its courage and tenacity as a stag hunter and its loyalty to the clan chieftain and his kin. The Scottish Deerhound was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1949.

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.
UKC
The Scottish Deerhound possesses the general body formation that is found in the Greyhound, though they are larger in size, heavier in bone and rough coated. Their build suggests the combination of speed, power and endurance necessary to bring down a stag, but their general bearing is one of gentle dignity.

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.
UKC
The breed is obedient, friendly and docile. They are willing and easy to train. Scottish Deerhounds should never be suspicious, aggressive or nervous.

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.
UKC
The long head is broadest at the ears, and narrows slightly to the eyes. The flat skull has a very slight rise over the eyes, but nothing approaching a stop.

Stop

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FCI
No stop.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Slightly aquiline and black.
UKC
The slightly aquiline nose is 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.
UKC
The pointed muzzle tapers towards the nose. A black muzzle is preferred in lighter-colored dogs. The lips are level.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

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.
UKC
The eyes are dark brown or hazel in color. The moderately full eye has a soft look when the dog is in repose and a keen, faraway look when the dog is aroused. Eyelid rims are 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.
UKC
The ears are set on high. The smaller the ear, the better. When the dog is in repose, the ears are folded back like a Greyhound’s. When the dog is excited, the ears are raised above the head and, in some cases, may be semi-erect. The coat on the ears is soft and glossy, like that of a mouse's coat. Sometimes there is a silky, silvery coat on the body and tip of the ear. The ears should be black or dark-colored on all Deerhounds, regardless of coat color.

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.
UKC
Although the long neck befits the Greyhound character of the Deerhound, it is not to be excessively long as the Deerhounds do not stoop to their work as the Greyhounds do. The mane may detract from the apparent length of the neck. The neck is as strong as is necessary to hold a stag. The nape, where the head is set on, is very prominent. The throat is clean and prominent.

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.
UKC
The chest is deep rather than broad, but is not too narrow or slab-sided. Great lung power is indicated by a good chest girth. The loin is well arched and the croup is broad, powerful and drooping to the tail. A flat topline is 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.
UKC
The long, tapering tail reaches nearly to the ground. When the dog is still, the tail is dropped perfectly down or curved. When the dog is in motion or excited, the tail is curved, but is never lifted over the line of the back.

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.
UKC
The shoulders are well-sloped, with the blades well back, with not too much distance between them.

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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UKC
The forelegs are straight and broad with flattened bone.

Forearm

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FCI
Good breadth desirable.

FEET

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KC
Compact and well knuckled. Nails strong.
UKC
Compact and well knuckled, with strong nails.

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.
UKC
The hips are set wide apart.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
There is great length from the hip to the hock. The stifles are well bent. The bone is broad and flat.

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.
UKC
The ideal hair coat is one that is thick, close lying, ragged, and harsh or crisp to the touch. The hair on the body, neck and quarters is harsh, wiry and approximately 3 to 4 inches in length. The hair on the breast and belly is much softer. The hair on the skull is moderately long and softer than the rest of the coat. There is a good mustache of rather silky hair and a fair beard. There is a slight, but not excessive (as in a Collie), fringe on the insides of the forelegs and hind legs. The tail is well covered with thick, wiry hair on the inside. It is longer on the underside and a slight fringe toward the end is acceptable.

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.
UKC
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.

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).
UKC
Minimum desirable height for males is 30 inches. For females, it is 28 inches. Approximate weight is 100 pounds for males, 80 pounds for females.

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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UKC

Eyes: Very light-colored eyes.
Ears: Prick ears. Big thick ears hanging flat to the head. Ears heavily coated with long hair.
Forelegs: Loaded shoulders. Straight shoulders.
Forelegs: Weak pasterns.
Hind Legs: A narrow rear, which indicates a lack of power. Cowhocks. Weak pasterns. Straight stifles.
Tail: Curl or ring tail.
Coat: Woolly coat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

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

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. A white blaze on the head. A white collar. Albinism.
Color: A white blaze on the head, or a white collar.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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