Deerhound

FCI standard Nº 164

Origin
Great Britain
Group
Group 10 Sighthounds
Section
Section 2 Rough-haired Sighthounds
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Friday 29 April 1955
Publication of the official valid standard
Monday 08 October 2012
Last update
Wednesday 05 December 2012
En français, cette race se dit
Deerhound
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Deerhound
En español, esta raza se dice
Deerhound
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Deerhound

Usage

Racing dog, hunting dog, companion.

Brief historical summary

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

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

Behaviour / temperament

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.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Long.
Skull
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
No stop.

Facial region

Nose
Slightly aquiline and black.
Muzzle
Tapering more decidedly to nose. In lighter coloured dogs black muzzle preferred.
Lips
Good moustache of rather silky hair and some beard.
Jaws and teeth
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
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
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

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

Body

Body
Body and general formation that of a greyhound of larger size and bone.
Back
Flat topline undesirable.
Loin
Well arched and drooping to tail.
Croup
Drooping, broad and powerful. Hipbones set wide apart.
Chest
Deep rather than broad, not too narrow and flat-sided.

Tail

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

Forequarters

Generality
Forelegs straight, broad and flat.
Shoulders
Well laid, not too far apart. Loaded and straight shoulders undesirable.
Elbows
Good breadth desirable.
Forearm
Good breadth desirable.

Hindquarters

Generality
With great length from hip to hock. Bone broad and flat.
Stifle
Well bent.

Feet

Compact and well knuckled. Nails strong.

Gait and movement

Easy, active and true, with a long stride.

Coat

Hair
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.
Colour
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 and weight

Height at withers
Males: minimum desirable height at the withers 76 cms. Females: minimum desirable height at the withers 71 cms.
Weight
Males: about 45.5 kgs. Females: about 36.5 kgs.

Faults

• 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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

No comments

No comments

Nobody has submitted a comment yet.

Last updated articles

  • Australian Eskimo -- American Eskimo Dog X Australian Shepherd

    Australian Eskimo He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Australian Eskimo The Australian Eskimo is a cross between an American Eskimo Dog and an Australian Shepherd Dog. They are generally white with brown or black markings that are often speckled or spotted. Their...
  • Australian Boxherd -- Australian Shepherd X Boxer

    Australian Boxherd He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Germany -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Aussie Boxer A brief presentation of the Australian Boxherd The Australian Boxherd is a hybrid breed where the Australian Shepherd is crossed with the Boxer. This medium-sized breed has a smooth coat and...
  • Austi-Pap -- Australian Shepherd X Continental Toy Spaniel

    Austi-Pap He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Austi-Pap The Austi-Pap is a hybrid breed where the Australian Shepherd (Standard, Toy or Miniature) is crossed with the Papillon. Relatively new, there's little information available on the...
  • Auss-Tzu -- Miniature American Shepherd X Shih Tzu

    Auss-Tzu He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Tibet -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Auss-Tzu The Auss-Tzu, a cross between a Miniature American Shepherd and a Shih Tzu, is a small, friendly dog with a thick, silky coat that requires daily grooming. They are active dogs that need a high-fat,...
  • Aussimo -- Australian Cattle Dog X American Eskimo Dog

    Aussimo He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Australia <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussimo The Aussimo is a hybrid cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and the American Eskimo Dog. Medium-sized, the Aussimo has a long, soft coat and can be seen in blue, blue marbled, red marbled and red...
  • Aussie Wheaten -- Australian Shepherd X Irish Soft Coated Terrier

    Aussie Wheaten He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Ireland -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussie Wheaten An Aussie Wheaten is a cross between a pure-bred Australian Shepherd and a soft-coated Irish Terrier. Aussie Wheatens are bred to be active companion dogs because of their energy and...
  • Aussietare -- Australian Shepherd X Bull Terrier

    Aussietare He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussietare An Aussietare is a combination of a pure-bred Australian Shepherd and a Bull Terrier. Aussietares are bred to be active companion dogs. The breed is known to be protective, playful and...
  • Aussie Silk Terrier -- Australian Terrier X Australian Silky Terrier

    Aussie Silk Terrier He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Australia -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussie Silk Terrier Aussie Silk Terriers are classified as a Toy breed and are a cross between pure-bred Australian Terriers and silky-haired Australian Terriers. Aussie Silk Terriers are bred to be...
  • Aussie Siberian -- Australian Shepherd X Siberian Husky

    Aussie Siberian He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Siberia -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Ausberian Shepherd A brief presentation of the Aussie Siberian An Aussie Siberian is a combination of a pure-bred Australian Shepherd and a Siberian Husky. Aussie Siberians are bred to be active...
  • Aussie-Flat -- Australian Shepherd X Flat-Coated Retriever

    Aussie-Flat He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussie-Flat The Aussie-Flat, a combination of the Australian Shepherd and the flat-coated Retriever, is a new customizable hybrid that is not yet registrable with the American Canine Hybrid Club or the...
  • Aussiedor -- Australian Shepherd X Labrador Retriever

    Aussiedor He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Canada -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Aussie ShepradorAustralian ShepradorSheprador A brief presentation of the Aussiedor The Aussiedor is a hybrid breed where the Australian Shepherd is crossed with the Labrador Retriever. Known for being fluffy,...
  • Schipperke

    Schipperke FCI standard Nº 83 Origin Belgium Translation Pamela Jeans Brown, Raymond Triquet and Dr. Robert Pollet.Revised by Jennifer Mulholland Group Group 1 Sheep and cattle dog (except Swiss cattle dogs) Section Section 1 Sheepdog Working Without working trial Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI Wednesday 27 October 1954 Publication of...
  • Aussie-Corgi -- Australian Shepherd X Welsh Corgi Pembroke

    Aussie-Corgi He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Auscorg A brief presentation of the Aussie-Corgi The combination of the Australian Shepherd and the Welsh Corgi Pembroke is officially known as the Aussie-Corgi, although they are also commonly known...
  • Aussalier -- Miniature American Shepherd X Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Aussalier He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Aussalier The Aussalier is a newly recognized hybrid, a cross between a Miniature American Shepherd and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and there can be many areas of variation in the appearance of these...
  • Ausky -- Australian Cattle Dog X Siberian Husky

    Ausky He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Australia <> Siberia -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Ausky The Ausky is a cross between an Australian Cattle Dog and a Siberian Husky, two intelligent, active and durable breeds. The resulting cross is an intelligent, active dog that does best with early...
  • Arubian Cunucu

    Arubian Cunucu He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Caribbean island of Aruba Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Arubian Cunucu The Arubian Cunucu is an outcast dog that lives on the Caribbean island of Aruba. Although they are not officially recognized as a breed by any breed association or club, they are well known to...
  • Antebellum Bulldog

    Antebellum Bulldog He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Altamaha Plantation DogAltamaha Plantation Bulldog A brief presentation of the Antebellum Bulldog The Antebellum Bulldog is a newcomer to the breed stakes. They were developed recently as a recreation of Bulldogs that were...
  • Anatolian Pyrenees -- Kangal Shepherd Dog X Pyrenean Mountain Dog

    Anatolian Pyrenees He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Turkey <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Anatolian Pyrenees Anatolian Pyrenees are a cross between the Kangal Sheepdog and the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Both breeds were primarily used as livestock guardians, so the Anatolian Pyrenees can also...
  • Amstiff -- American Staffordshire Terrier X Mastiff

    Amstiff He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as BandoggeStaffordshire Mastiff A brief presentation of the Amstiff The Amstiff is a cross between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Mastiff. The nickname Bandogge refers to a cross between the...
  • American Rat Pinscher -- Rat Terrier X Miniature Pinscher

    American Rat Pinscher He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Germany -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Rat-a-PinRat Pinscher A brief presentation of the American Rat Pinscher The American Rat Pinscher is a combination of the American Rat Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. The American Rat Terrier was...
  • American Pugabull -- American Bulldog X Pug

    American Pugabull He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> China -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the American Pugabull The Pug originated in China. It was often part of the royal households of Europe and, in Victorian times, the Pug featured in paintings, postcards and figurines. The American Bulldog...
  • American Pit Corso -- American Pit Bull Terrier X Italian Corso dog

    American Pit Corso He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Italy -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Corso Pit Bull A brief presentation of the American Pit Corso The American Pit Corso is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Italian Cane Corso. They are large dogs weighing around 23...
  • American Neo Bull -- American Bulldog X Neapolitan Mastiff

    American Neo Bull He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Italy -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as American Bullpolitan Mastiff A brief presentation of the American Neo Bull The American Neo Bull is a large hybrid dog created in the United States. Breeders in the 1980s crossed different types of...
  • American Masti-Bull -- American Bulldog X Mastiff

    American Masti-Bull He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the American Masti-Bull The American Masti-Bull is a hybrid breed created in the USA in the 1960s. The breed was developed by crossing the American Bulldog with the Mastiff to create a large,...
  • American Gointer -- Golden Retriever X English Pointer

    American Gointer He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the American Gointer The American Gointer is a hybrid breed developed by crossing the Golden Retriever and the English Pointer. Although the breed's origins are not well known, Golden Retrievers are well...