Scottish deerhound


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Scottish deerhound,

breed of tall houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
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 developed in Scotland in the 16th and 17th cent. It stands from 28 to 32 in. (71.1–81.3 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 75 to 110 lb (34.0–49.9 kg). Its medium-length coat is harsh and wiry and may be colored blue gray, brindle, red, or fawn, sometimes with white markings on the toes and chest. The deerhound was originally owned and bred exclusively by the aristocracy, who perfected its scenting ability and its combined speed and strength for hunting and bringing down deer. Today it is most commonly raised as a companion dog. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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