|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The American Staghound is a type of sighthound that is used in hunting
to track a variety of game. Although they have been bred for many years,
Staghound is not currently recognized as a dog
This is a working dog with long legs, strong muscles and a deep chest. They
have excellent eyesight and above average scent ability to aid in tracking game.
They have three recognized coat types, the shag, slick and broken. They are
known to be comparable to the greyhound in speed, but have greater endurance.
They range in height from 24-30in. (61-77cm.) and weigh between 45-90lbs.
(20-41kg.) The females are slightly smaller in size than the males.
They are known to experience torsion bloat if exercised shortly after eating,
but carry no other genetic health problems. Typical life span is 12-14 years.
Staghounds are very calm and affectionate, making wonderful companion dogs in
addition to their tracking abilities. Even with their great size, they are not
often trained as watchdogs. They have a high prey drive and may consider any
other animal to be quarry.
They require a great deal of area to run and exercise in, so are not suitable
for apartment living. Daily exercise is necessary to maintain their health and
burn off their excess energy.
The current American Staghound is a result of unknown breeding between
greyhound and several other breeds. The staghound appeared with its current
characteristics in the 1700s. They were originally bred to hunt predators such
as the wolf and coyote. General George Custer used a staghound in 1846 as part of his hunting
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