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American Staghound



The American Staghound is not recognized as a breed, but is a type of sighthound that is used to pursue (course) a variety of quarry (game). Although it is not recognized as a breed, some "lines" have been bred together longer than some recognized modern breeds. The best way to visualize the American Staghound is to blend together the characteristics of the Scottish Deerhound with the Greyhound. This is a running dog with the physical characteristics that would be referred to as the Greyhound prototype. It has long legs, a deep chest and strong muscles. The Staghound has great visual acuity, and some have been bred for some scenting ability while on course. It can be found in any assortment of color or color patterns that can be found on the Greyhound and Scottish Deerhound. There are three coat types: the "shag," which more closely resembles the Scottish Deerhound; the "slick," which more closely resembles the Greyhound; and the “broken,” which is in between the two. The American Staghound has all of the physical and mental characteristics needed for running down its quarry. It is known for having speeds that approach that of a Greyhound, but unlike a Greyhound, some specimens have incredible endurance.

American Staghounds are generally gentle, calm and affectionate with their family.  Due to the American Staghound's hunting heritage, the breed usually does poorly as guard dogs as the American Staghound is seldom territorial.

Size Large to Giant
Height Male: 26-32 inches (66-81 cm)Female: 24-29 inches (61-74 cm)
Weight Male: 55-90 pounds (25-41 kg)Female: 45-85 pounds (20-39 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Colors Black Blue Brindle Brown White Yellow
Origin United States
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

Not an apartment dog, but can do well in an urban setting if given time to exercise in a fenced-in yard or taken on walks. Best suited for rural areas. The shag variety can acclimate to harsh winter conditions, while the slick requires extra attention during cold winters. Most are kept outdoors, but all prefer the comforts of living in the home.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: American Staghounds are typically excellent with children. As with all dogs, American Staghound puppies should be properly socialized.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

The Staghound requires daily exercise to mature physically and mentally. It lives to run and should have a place to run free. The Staghound would be a perfect companion for a person who jogs or rides a bike often, assuming the dog is over 12months. Do not overwork dogs that are 12months and under as their bones are still developing. Daily pack walks are essential to satisfy the instincts of any canine.


Difficult Training: The American Staghound responds well to gentle, consistent and patient training.



Grooming Requirements

Just a periodic brushing from time to time, depending on type of coat.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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