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THE DECORATIVE DEERHOUND

THE DECORATIVE DEERHOUND.


The Deerhound is one of the most decorative dogs, incredibly majestic and picturesque anywhere it is seen, whether in the midst of the surroundings of the baronial hall, lying a luxurious length in front of the open hearth in the choppy light of the fire. wood that glitters on polished armor and tarnished tapestry; out in the open, taut on a leash as he smelled the rosy air, or leaping gracefully over the crimson of his native hills. Grace and majesty are in his every move and attitude, and even for the most prosaic mind there is around him the inseparable glamor of feudal romance and poetry.


From ancient days, Scottish nobles had treasured their Deerhound strains, seeking glorious sport in the forests of the Highlands. The red deer belonged by inexorable law to the kings of Scotland, and great alleys, which often lasted several days, were made to gather herds in quarters given for the pleasure of the court, as in the reign of Queen Mary. But the course organized by the courtiers of deer ceased during Stuart's troubles, and was left in the hands of the servants, who thus restored their chief's pantry.


Head:-


The head should be as wide as the ears, tapering slightly towards the eyes, the muzzle tapering more sharply towards the nose. The muzzle should be pointed, but the teeth and lips are level. The head should be long, the skull flat rather than round, with a very slight elevation above the eyes, but without anything coming close to a stop. The skull should be covered with moderately long hair which is softer than the rest of the coat. The nose should be black (although in some blue fawns the color is blue) and slightly aquiline. In lighter colored dogs, a black muzzle is preferred. There should be a good mustache of rather silky hair, and a blond beard.


Ears: -


The ears should be set very high and, at rest, folded like those of the greyhound, although they are raised above the head in excitement without losing the fold, and in some cases even semi-erect. The ear should be soft, shiny, and like a mouse's coat to the touch, and the smaller it is, the better. It shouldn't have long hair or long bangs, but there is often silky silvery hair on the body of the ear and the tip. Regardless of the general color, the ears should be black or dark.


Neck and shoulders: -


The neck should be long, that is, the length that suits the Greyhound character of the dog. The nape of the neck should be very prominent where the head rests and the throat should be well cut at an angle and prominent. The shoulders should be well sloped, the blades well back, without too much width between them.


Back:-


The stern should be fairly long, tapered, and reach up to 1 1/2 inch off the ground and about 1 1/2 inch below the hocks. When the dog is stationary, fallen perfectly straight or bent. When in motion, it should be bent when excited, in no case to be lifted off the back line. It should be well covered with hair, thick and stiff inside, longer below.


Eyes: -


The eyes should be dark: they are usually dark brown or nutty. The eye is moderately full with a soft gaze at rest, but a sharp, distant gaze when the dog is awake. The edges of the eyelids should be black.


Body: The body and general build is that of a larger, bony Greyhound. Chest deeper than wide, but not too narrow and flat. The loin well arched and drooping to the tail.


Legs and feet: -


The legs should be wide and flat, with a good forearm and wide elbow being desirable. The front legs, of course, as straight as possible. Tight and compact feet, with well arched toes. The drooping hindquarters, as broad and powerful as possible, the hips being widely apart. The hind legs should be well bent at the level of suffocation, with a long length from the hip to the hock, which should be wide and flat.


Coat:-


The hair on the body, neck and quarters should be hard and straight and about 3 inches or 4 inches long; the one on the head, chest and stomach is much softer. There should be a slight hairy fringe on the inside of the front and rear legs, but nothing coming close to a collie's feather. The Deerhound should be a shaggy dog, but not overly coated.


Color:-


Color is a matter of fantasy. But there is no doubt that dark blue-gray is the most preferred. This is followed by darker and lighter grays or brindles, with the darker generally preferred. Yellow and sable red or red fawn, especially with black dots, that is, the ears and muzzle are also in an equal rating.


Size:-


From 28 inches to 30 inches, even more if there is symmetry without coarseness, which is however rare. Height of bitches: from 26 inches. There can be no objection to a bitch being fat, unless she is too rude, because even at her greatest height she does not come close to that of the dog, and therefore could not being too fat for the job, like overweight dogs. are.

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