There are amazing facts about each dog breed that are of great interest to dog lovers. Once you get to know these facts about your dog, you will see its breed in a different light. You can learn the story of where your dog came from and how it came to be known to mankind. You will also know of the amazing journey that the breed went through to become the acclaimed breed that it is now. These are the kinds of stories about your dog that you want to share with others.
The Scottish Deerhound is one those dog breeds that has such a distinguished history. The path on which it has tread would make any owner quite humbled, and also very privileged to have such a dog that has graced the sides of quite a chosen few Scottish noblemen. Most Deerhound owners who know about their dog's past will come to love them more than when they knew nothing about it.
Here are just some of the many amazing facts about the Scottish Deerhound that you might like to learn about.
Did you know?
That there was a time in history when no one other than those who were ranked an earl or higher could gain ownership of a Scottish Deerhound. This is because this dog was bred solely for the purpose of being a deer-hunting dog for Scottish nobility.
That owning a Scottish Deerhound in the past was so exclusive and so highly-prized that breeding privileges of the breed were imposed and became a priority. There even came a point when the policies governing the breeding and ownership of a Scottish Deerhound made the breed almost extinct.
That the Scottish Deerhound became very valuable at one time, not because of its rarity but because of its exceptional ability to hunt. This ability was due to the dog's excellent sense of sight and its agility and speed to go after its prey.
That a Scottish Deerhound usually hunt by itself or with another Deerhound.
That it was only in 1886 that the American Kennel Club (AKC) first registered the Scottish Deerhound. The name of the dog that was first registered under the organization was Bonnie Robin.
That it was in the 1st and 2nd of October 1, 1994 that history was made by the American Kennel Club (AKC) when the inauguration of the National Lure Coursing Championship was held in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. The winner was a Scottish Deerhound that was only 14 months old. This dog, which was owned by Ellen Bonacarti and Norma Sellars of Englewood, NJ, became the 1994 National Lure Coursing Champion Chartwell Silver Run of Vale Vue.
That in 1993, three Scottish Deerhounds earned the Junior Courser Title. Sixteen Deerhounds earned the same title in 1994 while 15 won it in 1995.