Thursday, February 17, 2011
Deerhounds hunt by scent and by sight. Usually, either one or two hounds were used to hunt deer at one time. They had to be strong enough and fast enough to catch the Scottish deer, which can weigh as much as 250 pounds. Deerhounds were very important to the people who owned them, so the dogs were often kept in the home, and not in kennels. That's how the hounds learned to really love being around people, and they still love this today.
Scottish deerhounds are gentle and friendly, but they really like to run, especially when they are young. They need to live someplace where they can run a whole bunch, and not just in a little back yard. Deerhounds can get bone cancer, cardiomyopathy, bloat, and torsion. They usually live to be 8 or 9 years old. Which means that if I were a deerhound, my life would be mostly over, since I am already 8. I don't know why big dogs don't live as long as little dogs, but I have to admit that I'm glad to be a little dog!