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Deerhound, Scottish greyhound but rare in Europe, even in his own Scotland and on the island that is close to it, Ireland. Ironically, or the greyhound mystery, this breed is now very well bred in Australia and the United States as well as in the more predictable and nearby Sweden and Denmark. Let's try to get to know him better, maybe we will understand why so much happened so far from the homeland.
The Deerhound it is also known as Scottish Greyhound with rough hair and has very ancient origins that intertwine without coinciding too much with those of the "Greyhound". Easy to get confused but you don't have to because there is every reason to consider the Deerhound a race in itself. The name already traces back to a characteristic of its own: "deer" in English means "deer" and reveals that this dog has always been used for deer hunting, and in particular the fallow deer.
On the origins of the Deerhound there are more hypotheses, a little credible tells that it was the Phoenicians who brought them to Europe in their haggling by sea. The most accredited theory is instead that this breed, like all Greyhounds, arrived in Europe starting from Central Asian Plains, following the flows of Indo-European migrants and reaching Great Britain, and Scotland in particular, crossing our continent.
Another peculiarity of the Deerhound is the rough coat, not yet well explained by the experts. It is supposed to be a legacy left by the ancestor "Rampur's greyhound”, Dog with semi-long and hard hair. The doubt remains, despite the fact that the standard of this breed was drawn up as early as 1892.
Stately, calm and thoughtful: a true greyhound this Deerhound which proves to be an animal of excellent character. Sweet and affectionate with bosses, it is almost the opposite with people he doesn't know: he never gets to be aggressive but is certainly not sociable and outgoing.
Not at all: the Deerhound at first glance he will seem detached but if he begins to trust then he will continue to ask for cuddles and moments of play, making us a great party. It's a very lively dog and with a perennial desire to move, it should not be kept in the apartment because it would suffer a lot. He needs to move and let off steam, run in open and possibly green spaces.
If you have a garden, the largest possible, it will be a happy dog, since otherwise the Deerhound it has no adaptation problems even in harsh and adverse climatic regimes. The ones that many other dogs would refuse to deal with.
An adult specimen of Deerhound weighs almost 50 kg, maximum, if male, while for females the weight is about 37 kg. The male at the withers measures at least 76 cm, in turn a female of this breed reaches about 70 cm maximum.
From these numbers it is clear that the Deerhound is a dog of large size, morphologically indicated in the category of Graioids. His physique is the perfect synthesis of speed, power and endurance, all the skills necessary to hunt deer and its similars. Seeing him just walking is one parade of elegance and dignity, his body is harmonious and proportionate, the relationships between the parts are tastes and all this contributes to making him one of the most beautiful greyhounds.
Many associate it with the best known "Greyhound"By aspect: the Deerhound he is not offended and moves forward with his long and fast pace, never abrupt. Its head is wide between the ears but then goes to tighten slightly up to the eyes, the skull is flat rather than rounded and shows no stop, it is covered with rather long and very soft hair. The head is the plus point soft to caress and in the specimens with light hair we often find the black muzzle, accompanied by a mustache and a hint of a beard.
The truffle is also particular in this greyhound: black but slightly aquiline while the ears do not catch the eye, they are covered with soft, small hair, without fringes. The eyes of the Deerhound they are generally dark brown or nutty, sweet and full, never pale. As for the tail, it has a noticeable appearance: long, hanging and perfectly straight, it is covered with hair, thick and hard, at the top, longer going down. It must never be curled or looped, or with too many fringes or long tufts.
We mentioned the coarse coat of this Scottish dog, in fact his coat is shaggy, compact, not abundant but hard and crisp to the touch. The areas in which it is most rigid are the trunk, the neck and the limbs: it looks like wire and is 7 to 10 cm long. Softer and caress is the hair that the Deerhound it has on the head, on the chest and on the belly, instead on the limbs sprout saucy fringes.
The colors allowed for the breed by the official standard are dark gray-blue, with dark shades and light gray or brindle and fawn, or the sand red or deer red with black tips.In the tints present on the body, there can also be white, for example on the chest, on the fingers and on the tip of the tail but it is not a very welcome presence because purists usually want to see a single color or almost.
THE Deerhound puppies they are as lovable as the adults of the breed and obviously more lively than ever and full of desire to run here and there in the green. But that's not the problem. With young Scottish greyhounds, what needs to be kept under control is the pace of growth and nutrition.
As good owners, you must always take into account the value of calcium and phosphorus, especially in the period between 3 and 12 months when growth is sudden and puppies must feed well and abundantly. At this stage, I recommend not to be shy and to contact a veterinarian for advice on the optimal food ration and any food supplements.
After this phase, the Deerhound it is not a dog with a thousand pretensions, on the contrary, due to its rustic temperament, it does not require special care and its rough coat must be brushed once a week, no more.
Deerhound: farms in Italy
There aren't many examples of Deerhound in Italy, a maximum of ten according to ENCI, and not even many farms. Also officially recognized by ENCI there is one, in the Pavia area, which in addition to Deerhound it also holds the Border Terrier breed. Is called Lonterlas, is located in Parona (PV) and on the official website you can find all the information to contact and know the owners and activities. It is a farm that is also the home of the owners, in the countryside.
"We do not have facilities for large-scale breeding - reads the website - preferring and encouraging contact with all our dogs within the walls of the house and in the spaces of a small garden". They receive by appointment, but they are available for a chat and to introduce you to their dogs, about 50 km from Milan.
To find out how much a Deerhound puppy, I recommend contacting thebreeding that Enci recommends, mentioned above. They say they are available and listening and knowing in person who could give us a puppy is the best thing that exists. Let's take advantage of it.
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