Old Deerhound Sheepdog

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65-90 lbs
21-28"
United States
Old English Sheepdog
Scottish Deerhound
The Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a combination between the Old English Sheepdog and the Scottish Deerhound. The result of such a combo is a large hybrid breed that could be compared to that of a slightly larger, long haired Greyhound. Thanks to the slim and athletic build of the Scottish Deerhound and the easily recognizable long coat of the Old English Sheepdog, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog is very unique in both aesthetics and personality. Even though he is an attractive breed, don't be fooled by looks alone! The Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a very active breed that requires a lot of exercise time, but his sweet and loving personality makes up for any difficulties his high energy may present. This gentle hybrid is great with kids and other dogs, not to mention they make great guard dogs as well. So, if you are looking for a large, yet kind watch dog for your family, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog may be the perfect breed for you.
Purpose
Companion, Work Animal
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Old English Sheepdog and Scottish Deerhound

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Health

Average Size
Male Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats
Height: 22-30 inches Weight: 75-100 lbs
Female Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats
Height: 21-28 inches Weight: 65-90 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
Minor Concerns
  • Osteochondrodysplasia
  • Diabetes
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Entropion
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
  • Microphthalmia
  • Demodicosis
  • Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA)
  • Deafness
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye examination
  • Blood Work
  • Hearing Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • MRI scan of the spinal cord and brain
  • Heart Testing

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Breed History

When it comes to understanding the significance of why a breed was created, the best place to uncover such things is at the beginning. For the Old Deerhound Sheepdog, there isn't much of beginning story to study as he is a relatively new hybrid breed. That's why we must look to the parent breeds to uncover the mystery behind why this particular hybrid breed is special and what his main purpose may be today. For instance, when we look closely at the origin story of the Old English Sheepdog, we discover something interesting. Despite his name being the Old English Sheepdog, he is actually one of the youngest sheepdog breeds to exist in England. Developed somewhere in South Central England, this sheepdog may have had a start as a herding animal, but by the time he was relatively well-known in the year 1885, his fame primarily came from being a show dog. Now, this didn't stop his herding nature in the slightest but people every where took a liking to the shaggy features and gentle disposition of the Old English Sheepdog and his talents were used in many different areas. The American Kennel Club registered the breed in the year 1888 and it didn't take long for this lovable breed to show up in movies and television shows, which caused their popularity to rise quickly between the years of 1960 and 1970. Nowadays, the Old English Sheepdog is still a showman, but he is also extremely popular as a family companion and watch dog. The Scottish Deerhound is one of the well-known ancient breeds who have been around since the 16th century. Part of the Greyhound family, the Deerhound was a slightly larger variation with the specific purpose of hunting and taking down deer; hence where he takes his name. Be it that this breed was so capable at bringing down the Highland Stag during hunting events, it is no surprise that the Deerhound was highly valued. In fact, these dogs were so popular that a lord convicted of a capital offense could actually buy his freedom back with a few Deerhounds! Unfortunately, even despite their popularity with the people of that time, nature has a way of diminishing the most valuable of things. Due to a decrease in large game, and the deterioration of the Scottish clan system during the 1700's, the population of Deerhounds became extremely low by the year 1760. Thankfully, Archibald and Duncan McNeil worked tirelessly to restore the breed a few years later and saved the Deerhound from complete extinction. To this day, Deerhounds are a rather rare breed, but they are still used to hunt coyotes, small game, and sometimes wolves. Besides hunting, the breed is used in shows all over the world and as the rare family companion. Due to the Deerhound's high energy level and hunting instincts, he will never be fully content as just a companion pet. The right family is needed to own this breed; one who is willing to get outside and give the Deerhound a purpose.

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Breed Appearance

Because the Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a hybrid breed, his appearance is going to vary greatly, even within the same litter. Typically however, his appearance is that of a larger Greyhound (taking after the Deerhound) with a slim body and athletic build. His long hair is taken from the Old English Sheepdog and while he does not typically have the trademark hair growing down over his eyes, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog does maintain the trait of lots of hair on the face; almost in a bear style with bushy eyebrows. The Old Deerhound Sheepdog is handsome, with dark intelligent eyes, and a streamlined body that is an excellent combination of both the Old English Sheepdog and the Scottish Deerhound. His fur is long and soft, being both a blessing and a curse. While it is beautiful (ranging in colors such as white, blue, or grey), the coat can tangle easily and needs to be cleaned often to avoid any doggy odor. Finishing off the features of the Old Deerhound Sheepdog are loose ears, a large black nose, and full tail.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Old Deerhound Sheepdog eyes
Brown
amber Old Deerhound Sheepdog eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Old Deerhound Sheepdog nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Old Deerhound Sheepdog coat
Gray
white Old Deerhound Sheepdog coat
White
blue Old Deerhound Sheepdog coat
Blue
black Old Deerhound Sheepdog coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Old Deerhound Sheepdog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Breed Maintenance

While the coat of the Old English Sheepdog is his most notable feature, it does mean that your Old Deerhound Sheepdog will have a tendency to shed just like his parent breed. Keeping this in mind, be prepared to have a lot of hair all over your house and furniture. Careful grooming multiple times a week will be required in order to keep the hair down and the Old Deerhound Sheepdog's coat looking well-kept. Just like his parent breeds, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog will need to have frequent baths in order to keep the doggy odor away. Due to the make-up of his coat, neglecting to properly brush and bathe your Old Deerhound Sheepdog can result in a tangled, dirty, smelly  mess that will need to be shaved off. So keep him clean and brushed in order to make everyone happy! Besides basic brushing and bathing, be sure to clean your dog's ears often and trim his nails every few weeks to keep his paws healthy and snag free.
Brushes for Old Deerhound Sheepdog
Pin Brush
Dematter
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Old Deerhound Sheepdog requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Temperament

Perfectly meshing the temperaments of both the Old English Sheepdog and the Scottish Deerhound, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a wonderful family pet. He is gentle, loyal, intelligent, affectionate, playful, and not overly high energy. Because his ancestry consists of a herding dog and a hunting dog, here is no doubt that he will need lots of exercise!  But, his easy-going disposition and loving nature make him an excellent choice for families that have small children or other pets, as the Old Deerhound Sheepdog generally gets a long with everyone, without exception. Due to his herding nature, this breed makes an excellent watch dog. He only barks when necessary and is very loyal to his family without having an aggressive tendency. Because of this, even despite his large size, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog will do just fine in an apartment building or small neighborhood as long as he has an outlet for his energy. Early socialization and proper training will also be key to ensuring a well behaved dog, but thankfully the Old Deerhound Sheepdog responds rather well to training. He may have some stubborn moments thanks to the Deerhound's independent  nature, but with a gentle hand and clear leadership, he will do just fine!

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Activity Requirements

The Old Deerhound Sheepdog is a very active dog. Both of his parent breeds were created to have specific jobs, and not easy ones at that. Herding and hunting require a lot of energy, so you can expect that your Old Deerhound Sheepdog is going to need multiple play sessions throughout the day. A few good examples of what you can do with this breed would be hiking, jogging, training, playing fetch, or even biking with the proper equipment. Although it may seem like training wouldn't actually tire a dog, it is very important with intelligent breeds like herders! No matter how much physical activity you provide, unless his mind is tired out as well, the Old Deerhound Sheepdog won't be fully content. So be sure to spend time training and playing games with your dog so that he can be satisfied and well behaved each day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
16 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
180 minutes

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Old Deerhound Sheepdog Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 52 lbs
12 Months
Male Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 77 lbs
Female Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 72 lbs
18 Months
Male Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 95 lbs
Female Old Deerhound Sheepdog size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 87 lbs

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