The Scottish Deerhound is a gentle giant, and is possessed of a regal stature and a noble bearing.
The Scottish Deerhound was bred in Scotland as a deer hunting dog. Only the nobility was permitted to own one, and they became known as the royal dog of Scotland.
After near extinction the breed was revived in the early 1800's, and has flourished through today. Classified as a sight hound, the Scottish Deerhounds talents lie in hunting, sighting, tracking, racing, and agility.
The deer, having always been vegetarian, had never experienced a high protein diet. Suddenly, realizing the Deerhound part of their ancestry came with the desire to have a steak, or fish, or even…ooooohhh just a taste of hamburger! Fortunately, the desire for version was not there.
The DeerHound's relationship with deer has always been clearly defined. Hunt, run down, and give to the human hunter. Until now.
No one knows when the relationship went just a bit too far. Some guess that the deerhound ran a deer down, but upon the end of a hunt, he was so tired that he lay down with the doe. That led to an unfamiliar familiarity.
That's the story I was told, and I'm sticking to it.
- J. Satterwhite -