By Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian)Dr. Sergey Uhanov Last updated: 31st January 2024

American Staghound

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Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) Dr. Sergey Uhanov
Last updated: 31st January 2024

The American Staghound is a modern hybrid of multiple sighthounds, notably the Scottish Deerhound, the Borzoi, and the Greyhound. Taking after its parent lines, it has a slender, muscular frame, substantial chest, and long legs. Its lengthy snout and floppy ears give it a regal appearance loved by hunting enthusiasts, who use it to chase down various prey.

American Staghound Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesLongdog of the Prairie, Cold-Blooded Greyhound, American Lurcher
CoatRough coat, which can be shaggy, silky, or smooth
ColorBlack, white, brindle, brown, blue, or yellow
Breed typeCrossbred
Group Sighthound
Life expectancy10 – 14 years
SizeLarge
HeightMale – 26 – 32 inches
Female – 24 – 29 inches
WeightMale – 55 – 90 pounds
Female – 45 – 85 pounds
Litter Size6 – 10 puppies
Behavioral Characteristics Affectionate, brave, loyal, tenacious, and determined
Good with children Yes
Barking Tendency Moderate; they bark occasionally
Climate compatibilityModerate; they can have difficulty adjusting to extreme cold
Apartment compatibilityLow; they require vast open spaces
Do they shedThey shed moderately
Are they hypoallergenicNo
TrainabilityModerate; they need an experienced hand
How much do they cost$400 – $500
Competitive Registration Qualification/ InformationIDCR
CountryUnited States of America

History and Origin

American Staghounds first emerged in the 19th century, when the westward expansion of American settlers helped discover new types of quarry that required specialized trackers. Coyotes, in particular, proved difficult to catch since they were faster than wolves yet just as strong. The pioneers crossed Greyhounds and Scottish Deerhounds to solve this issue to create a quick, agile, and durable hunter. Later, the Russian Borzoi was introduced into the mix for a rougher coat. These are the three primary bloodlines, though sometimes Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, or Whippets are also utilized. They earned several monikers for their excellent luring skills, such as the “Cold-Blooded Greyhound,” the “Longdog of the Prairie,” and the “American Lurcher.”

Despite their long and decorated history, eminent clubs such as the AKC do not officially recognize them. However, organizations like the International Designer Canine Registry allow owners to register their Staghounds. Moreover, hunting is their ultimate purpose, so most breeders believe a breed standard is unnecessary, as that would encourage their use as show dogs. They think they will face extinction if they cannot pursue quarry.

Temperament and Personality

American Staghounds make wonderful and loving companions, unlike their intimidating aura and distinguished pedigree. They bond closely with their owners, always seeking attention and approval. These calm and patient hybrids get along exceptionally well with children. However, one must be careful around young kids due to their size. They are usually well-behaved around other dogs, but their high prey drive can make them aggressive towards smaller breeds. The lack of territorial nature makes them unsuitable for guarding, though they are excellent watchdogs. 

Despite their high stamina and agility, they are typically not hyperactive indoors, earning them a reputation for being “lazy.” Rural areas with sprawling fields and accessible hunting grounds are the best environment to raise them. These pups can be stubborn, but they become gentle, loyal, and obedient companions with proper training and socialization.

Care

Exercise

As a coursing crossbreed, it requires at least an hour of physical and mental exercise to stay fit and avoid restlessness. It must have a space to run freely along with daily long walks. Playtime should be in secure, fenced areas. However, avoid electrical fencing as it will not be sufficient to stop the hound and might cause injury. Running, hiking, jogging, and biking are fantastic activities for you and your dog. However, do not overexert puppies below twelve months old, as it can stunt bone growth.

Grooming

Their coats typically come in three varieties, which influence their grooming routine: “shaggy” like the Scottish Deerhound, “slick” like the Greyhound, or “broken,” which combines the two. Shag fur is lengthier and sheds more, requiring significantly more brushing. Slick hair needs occasional combing, and a broken coat stays clean with a couple of weekly brushes. Regardless of fur type, bathe them only when necessary to avoid dry skin and irritation. Check their ears for redness and infection while doing so. Finally, trim their nails as needed and practice adequate dental hygiene.

Health Problems

It is a robust mix with very few inherited ailments. Its low body fat makes it sensitive to some kinds of anesthesia. Also, like all larger breeds, it is susceptible to GDV or bloat. Regular screening and buying from reputable breeders can help ensure a long and healthy life. 

Feeding

They are lightweight for their size and don’t need immense quantities of food. Feeding them specially formulated dry food will provide all the vital nutrients and nourishment they require. Always consult your veterinarian for suitable options for your pet based on parameters like age, weight, and energy levels.

Training

American Staghounds do best under an experienced handler providing gentle, persistent, patient guidance. They can be stubborn and wilful, but they grow up well-mannered and calm with the appropriate training.

Socialization: Early socialization is crucial to controlling their prey drive and helping them acclimate to other pets in the household. Positive encouragement via treats and praise is a brilliant way to instill good habits. However, even with rigorous training, they might chase smaller dogs if their instincts overpower them.

Obedience: Start securing your position as the pack leader and alpha from the moment you bring them home. This process is vital to establishing a hierarchy and ensuring they listen to your commands. Ideally, begin training when they are still young and keep sessions short and engaging.

Leash: Always keep your companion leashed outside to prevent them from running off after prey such as squirrels or rabbits, and keep them muzzled when playing off-leash. If playing in a backyard, ensure the fence is high enough to prevent jumping.

Interesting Facts

  • General George A. Custer used American Staghounds in his pack in 1846 to chase various North American wildlife.

FAQs

1. What is the difference between an American Staghound and a Scottish Deerhound?

Apart from being one of the Staghound’s parent lines, the Scottish Deerhound is significantly larger, shorter-lived, and has higher energy levels.

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