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Deerhound

The Deerhound is a very tall wire-haired dog. The male one becomes 75 cm high with a weight between 38 and 42 kg. The female Deerhound reaches a hight of 70 cm with 29 to 38 kg. The head has to be long and should have the wideness and hight of the ears, rather flat than arched. In the hight of the eyes the line of the head is showing up, but without drawing a stop. It has got small Folding ears. The head covering hair is slightly softer than that on the body. The eyes are dark brown til hazelnut-coloured and blackly bordered. The Deerhound has got Tongs set of teeth. Its neck looks similar to a Greyhound aswell as the trunk. It owns well rounded loins and a hanging tail. A straight back is not wished. The Deerhound stands on long, compact and wide paws. On the torso, neck and legs there is 7,5 until 10 cm long hair. At head, breast and belly the hair is softer. The hair is prefered in slaty, grey, patched dark or light, yellow, russet and red-grey with black mask and black ears.

This breed belongs to the wire-haired Greyhounds of the Celts who brang them to Scotland. On Scottish graveyards and wall paintings there are stones of memory and pictures to be found which show the Deerhound. For the first time the Deerhound is mentioned in a document, actually in the year 1747 in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, in which is written down following extract: "The variety, which is called highland Greyhound, now is very seldom, is quite high, strong with deep breast and covered with wired, long hair. In former times this dog breed was very appreciated and was used in great number from the powerful Chieftains during their hunting."
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