Last week I was outside when I saw a neighbor friend walking her dog, Leo!
Leo is a year-and-a-half old. I didn't recognize him, so asked his owner if she had welcomed a new dog to her home. Indeed, she had. The dog I remembered her walking, Penny, got older and finally passed. So here came beautiful, obedient, and sweet Leo, who has the distinction of being a deerhound.
Sometimes called a Scottish Deerhound, deerhounds are similar in build to a greyhound. They were originally bred to hunt the red deer of western and central Europe. While similar in stature to a greyhound, the deerhound has a rougher coat, and in Leo's case (as you can see) that coat is a shade of grey-silver and black. A bit unusual for Leo is that he also has bits of reddish fur, too. The coat is a bit wirey in feel, like a wire-haired terrior, but those ears! Softer than silk or velvet!
A tall dog, deerhounds get to be around 30" or more tall, and weigh around 100 pounds. Leo is at 90 lbs., and his owner has shown him a couple of times. She said is was a fun experience, and Leo is so beautiful and has such a good disposition, I think he'd be a perfect dog to show.
Deerhounds tend to be gentle and friendly, and Leo likes to 'lean' with affection, as he did to me in the photo below.
I just LOVE this big, lithe, sweet dog! And would you look at how clean and perfect those teeth are?!