Q. What is a Deerhound?

A. A Deerhound may be described as “a shaggy greyhound” or more poetically –

“A most perfect creature of Heaven ……..of the noblest Northern breed – deep in the chest, strong in the stern – black colour, and brindled on the breast and legs, not spotted with white, but just shaded into grey – strength to pull down a bull, swiftness to cote an antelope…”

From “The Talisman” by Sir Walter Scott”
See the Kennel Club site for the Breed Standard

Q. Do Deerhounds make good family pets?

A. Broadly speaking yes (see Our Gallery), having said that one has to take into account that an adult Deerhound is a large animal and may inadvertently injure a small child due to its sheer size, even a side swipe from the wagging tail of an exuberant hound may cause damage to toddlers or possessions. We would advise a family with small children or other “breakable” treasures against having a Deerhound unless they have had one or a similar large breed dog before and were well aware of the potential for accidents.

Q. What advice would you give to new owners of a Deerhound puppy?

A. Reproduced below are extracts from guidance notes which we have for many years given to new owners of “Gentom” Deerhound puppies.

New Puppy - Guidance Notes


Bedding – do not use polystyrene or bean bags as the contents of these could be ingested.

Ablutions - the pups, although raised in kennels, will tend to go outside or use a sheet of newspaper.

Feeding schedule - Do not feed within 2 hours before or after exercise.

Exercise - Do not exercise, other than free running (in a secure place) until puppy is 9/12 months old.

Grooming - Brush daily with a good quality brush, clip toenails regularly.

Discipline - Always be firm and do not allow bad behaviour, a harsh word is usually sufficient for a Deerhound!

Travelling - take sensible precautions e.g. pack rear foot well of car with cushions etc. in case puppy

rolls off seat if car stops suddenly.

Ensure that clean fresh water is always available.

Q. Do Deerhounds need to come off a lead?

A. Yes, Deerhounds are a running hound and as such benefit from a good run off the lead. There are several caveats to bear in mind; firstly, as a puppy, they should not be subjected to long walks on the lead but permitted to run, play and then rest as they wish (see above); secondly, as an adult, whilst they give the impression of being a “couch potato” show them a lead or there is something to chase (see next question) and their whole persona changes. When first loosing you hound, should you be uncertain if it will return in response to your whistle or call, choose a place which is secure enough to minimise escapes and avoid mishaps or run it with an older hound if possible; this way your youngster should return to you and when it does reward it with a treat.

Q. Will Deerhounds chase?

A. Yes, this is what Deerhounds were bred for they therefore need be taught that animals which to them are “fair game” are not to be chased. They will chase each other and play their version of “tag” which very often entails them running as close as they can to where you are standing. Very important - do not move! The chances are that if you do there will be a collision which will be painful and often expensive (e.g. vet’s bills), stand still and sweep your arm or better still wave your stick or leads to drive them in a wider arc away from you.

Q. What health issues are there with Deerhounds.

All puppies from Gentom are from Factor Viid tested stock and will be liver shunt tested, inoculated, micro chipped and insured for 6 weeks.