Irish Wolfound and Scottish Deerhound: From hunters to housemates


Scottish Deerhound

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Irish Wolfhound

Big dogs that were bred to hunt.
Now happy family companions who love people more than seeking prey.

The Irish Wolfhound is technically the tallest breed of dog; I say technically because other breeds do sometime produce oversize individual dogs that can be taller (I’m thinking of the Great Dane.)
As a breed though, the Wolfhound is tallest, at 34 – 38 inches or  84 – 96.5 cm.


Wolfhound

 The Wolfhound needs exercise but once in a house is happy to have a comfy bed – or their own couch – to relax on. Remember, these big breeds need a little cushioning for their joints/frames and giving them their own couch is one way to accomplish this. These are very people orientated dogs who do not thrive when left alone for too long on a regular basis. 


Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound may come from a similar ancestor as the Wolfhound, however, they have been an independent breed for at least several hundred years. These are noble dogs not just in carriage but by birth – at one point no one of lower status than an Earl was allowed to own a Deerhound.

As a result, Deerhounds have always been an uncommon dog and have long been one of the Kennel Clubs vulnerable native breeds.



On the other hand, the breeding of this breed has always been conducted with great care. Those Deerhounds which are bred, are animals of excellent quality and character and this remains a stable and intelligent breed of dog.


Wolfhound

Wolfhounds come in colors from light, almost white, to black. They can also be brindle in color. The Wolfhound is a somewhat thicker, heavier hound than the Deerhound and with a thicker muzzle.


Deerhound

 Deerhounds come in shades of grey to black, and in brindle.
The Deerhound is built like a Greyhound; with their longer hair they can look bulkier than they physically are. These are tall dogs with small waists, typical for the athletes that they are. They are of smaller stature than the Wolfhound, at 28 – 32 inches, or 71 – 81 cm.


Wolfhound       


Deerhound

Both breeds are excellent family companions, with stable personalities, quiet, steadfast, and people orientated. Interestingly, these are not the world’s best watch dogs. While aloof with strangers these are such stable breeds of dogs they may just quietly observe a stranger approaching the house.


Irish Wolfhound


Scottish Deerhound

Some Wolfhound bloodlines are more prone to barking than others, however, if you really want a dog that alerts you to strangers you may want to have a backup little dog to do the barking. When a hound of this size walks up however, most strangers will probably stop dead in their tracks. As a companion canine you would be hard pressed to find a better tempered pair of breeds; one in tall and one in super tall.


Wolfhound         


Deerhound        

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